I live with my girlfriend on the beautiful island Phangan. Tourism and human population is escalating. And with rising numbers of humans and their to the island introduced dogs and cats, which often end up as strays, we experience more deadly conflicts with our indigenous wildlife, and destruction of it's habitats, like forests and wetlands.
The most common victims are reptiles, like reticulated pythons (Malayopython reticulatus) , monocled cobras(Naja kaouthia) and our 2 monitor lizard species, the Asian water monitor (Varanus salvator) and the clouded monitor (Varanus nebulosus), All mentioned species are often killed for their meat, or out of fear.
I have committed myself with rescuing these wonderful and intelligent creatures. Therefore I get often calls for snake relocation. Usually I release healthy reptiles back to their familiar habitat, and educate people about their intruders. I explain our locals, how they should behave, if they encounter a cobra, how they can avoid painful or deadly bite accidents, and coexist with even venomous reptiles in peace and harmony.
But actually encounters rather end more often with injuries for the reptile. mostly caused by roaming packs of owned or stray dogs. And sometimes snakes or monitors get just hit or overrolled by motorbikes. In this case I take them home for treatment, and for serious cases I bring them to the vet for surgery first. At home I've set up my own private nursery, where I nurse these animals back to health, beef them up, and hopefully release them back to the wild.
That would be the perfect happy end scenario. But apparently we get also cases, where reptiles can't be rehabilitated. And others can't be reintroduced to their old habitat, because it's gone. Unfortunately would translocation to unfamiliar terrain mean the snake's certain death, like in case of monocled cobras. I would love to give these animals shelter, and use them to educate local children. But I don't want to keep them in species inappropriate enclosures. Especially if it comes to the size.
I've already spent big amounts of my private money, to build smaller terrariums. They're ok as temporary nursing enclosures. But in the long run nobody would be happy, to sit in a small box. Therefore I started to build a new big enclosure for clouded monitor lizards, like our one-eyed goofy dragon "Baan-Chan". But as expat in Thailand I have also other expenses, I need to take care of. Therefore many friends have encouraged me, to try crowdfunding.
Enclosures like this are for western circumstances not that expensive. For the one on the image here I had to spend ca. 30000 THB so far. That's approx 1000 US dollars. But if you live and work in Thailand, you don't get big income or salaries, like in Europe or in the US. I need to save money again first, but it takes time. And the next rain season is coming soon. I have 2 months to get all my enclosures rain and storm proofed.
That's why I need your help!
You can help me and my scaled patients by sharing this link in other wildlife and nature related groups as often as possible, and of course by donating. No matter how much. "Many a little makes a mickle!"