Where in the World is the Wolverine, Part 2

Thanks for the responses and guesses to my previous post. Jocelyn correctly pinpointed both the precise location – the temple of Phnom Bakheng, on a hill overlooking Angkor Wat in Cambodia – and gulo’s closest relative in Cambodia, the yellow-throated marten. Cambodia also hosts a creature called a binturong, which, although not in the weasel family, seems like an arboreal, canopy-dwelling wolverine: they are about the same size, and are reputed to be ferocious. They are probably in the running as well, simply due to their attitude.

Here are two other photos that we took for The Wolverine Way’s Cambodia tour, and one of a friend that we ran into on the way down from the Phnom Bakheng photo shoot.

Reading with King Jayavarman VII at the 12th century Bayon Temple.

This elephant is more or less domestic, part of a group of animals kept (with excellent care) by Angkor, but coming around a corner and finding yourself face to face with an unattended creature of this size is always awe-inspiring.

This one is for those of you out there who know the story of the celebrity swimming epic - this is THE pool. Now that The Wolverine Way has been there as well, the pool's fame should be assured.

I’ll post an explanation of what I was doing in Cambodia, and how it relates to wolverine conservation, shortly. In the meantime, thanks for reading and for bearing with these only-peripherally-related-to-Gulo-gulo posts. I’m back in Mongolia and will soon be headed out to the field in search of nokhoi zeekh once again.

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2 thoughts on “Where in the World is the Wolverine, Part 2

    • Thanks for your comments, Yana, and for the info on Igor’s wolverine posts. Are you in Russia? It’s great to have some international interest in wolverines! Best of luck to you, too.

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