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Mick O'Shea

Mick O’Shea is an avid outdoorsman and an internationally acclaimed adventurer, environmentalist, filmmaker and author. Mick's love affair with the environments and cultures of Asia began at age 20 when the young Aussie first backpacked through the region. Since then, Mick has clocked up thousands of miles of exploratory kayaking first descents and blazed trails to numerous remote and far-flung corners of the region in an endless quest to see it all!

In 2004 Mick became the first (and only, so far) person ever to explore the mighty Mekong River—one of the greatest river systems on earth—from its source in Tibet to its mouth on the South China Sea. The 3,050-mile kayak journey over 142 days was the ride of a lifetime. Mick’s 2007 film about the expedition and the threats facing the peoples and environments of the Mekong, Exploring the Mother of Waters, won multiple international environmental film festival awards and led to Mick’s book, In the Naga’s Wake, being published in five languages. The "Pearls of Indochina" program designed by Mick exclusively for Natural Habitat Expeditions was selected by National Geographic Adventure magazine as "Editors' Choice" for "Best Trip in the World 2006." Mick’s passion for the peoples and places of Asia, combined with his easygoing and fun-loving nature, help make the journeys he leads truly the experience of a lifetime for his guests.

Deeply passionate about the environment, Mick has worked professionally as a nature guide since 1999, specializing primarily in Southeast Asia. His intensive knowledge of the natural environments and wildlife species in the region has led to his regular recruitment as a consultant to renowned natural history film makers including Discovery, BBC and National Geographic. Mick helps production crews gain access to species in the wild. Recently he tracked freshwater dolphins, giant Cantor's turtles and Mekong River terns for the BBC Monsoon series in Cambodia, then took the crew into the forest to film a troop of long-tailed macaques, wild elephants and jacanas. Mick has received a number of awards for his environmental work including Scoop magazine's "Inspirational West Australian of the Year" award.

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