Tracking Tigers in Nepal

March 6, 2015 6:41 AM

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Tracking Tigers in Nepal

GETTING ON THE BACK of an elephant from a rickety wooden platform is never an easy endeavor, but trying to do it with a thick cast protecting a broken foot is a major undertaking. And as I climb the ladder to the platform, my cumbersome boot hitting each step, I suddenly think it could also be a major mistake.

I’ve been on elephants in India, Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe, so I’m familiar with my pachyderm. But I don’t have great balance at the best of times, and with an elephant that keeps shifting around—at one point, backing into the platform and causing a chunk of wood to crack from the force—the chances of ...

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