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During Pat Spain's time filming wildlife-adventure TV series, he's gotten used to being uncomfortable. There've been rabid raccoon attacks, days spent in the baking equatorial African sun, and consumption of many revolting local delicacies like fermented mare's milk. And then there was Sumatra. On the Hunt in Sumatra details the two weeks Pat spent soaking wet with a National Geographic film crew tracking the legendary Orang Pendak through the forests of Indonesia. In contrast, tigers, leeches, amorous orangutans, Coldplay fans, a guide named Uncle Jimmy, two shamans, car demons, and rogue camera operators tracked them. It is undoubtedly the most inhospitable terrain Pat's ever encountered, with the highest likelihood of grievous bodily harm. But the payoff is his theory about Orang Pendak and a 5 a.m. EDM Tai Chi party.
Pat Spain is a wildlife biologist, cryptozoologist, biotech expert, TV presenter, keynote speaker, author, and cancer survivor with a passion for adventure. Pat enthusiastically seeks his next great escapade and the opportunity to add to his ever-growing list of “things that have bitten or stung him.” As the great nephew of the "Prophet of the Unexplained" Charles Fort, Pat thinks of himself as carrying on a family tradition by questioning mainstream science, considering unusual explanations for bizarre phenomena, and investigating things most people consider impossible.
In the course of his journeys, Pat’s been charged by a silverback gorilla, initiated into a remote Amazonian tribe by participating in the most extreme ceremony in the world, the bullet ant ritual (nearly 1M YouTube views), been 1000 feet under the ocean in a 3-man-sub, almost been shot down in a helicopter, eaten cat in Sumatra and rat in Cameroon, has lain down in a pit of 275,000 snakes, and spent up to 19 hours a day for four years running experiments in a space suit, inside a sterile bubble, in a state-of-the-art biotech lab.
His passion for adventure, education, and entertainment is the one constant in his life. Pat has served as a Keynote Speaker at The Royal Geographical Society in London, NASA, and multiple international Universities. Whether talking to some school kids about the 20-foot snake he has wrapped around him or speaking to a group of executives about good training practices, Pat brings the same enthusiasm and depth of knowledge.
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