Ever since I started posting videos and photos about the Tokay Geckos I was catching in Thailand I’ve been blitzed by people – usually in Malaysia – that want to pay outrageous sums of money for these Geckos.
I was told by my Thai friend that these people that buy the Tokays believe that the tongue will cure HIV / AIDS.
Below is a comment I received on one of my Tokay YouTube videos – phone and email changed to make invalid.
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I’m BUYING Tokay gecko in weight:
400gsm above Starting RM4-Million,
500gsm Starting RM15-Million,
(Amount is negotiable for owner to demand the price)
IT’S FOR YOU TO DEMAND THE PRICE.
Please contact me at:
+6641 6878 528
We are DIRECT buyer Associate With:
(Iâ€™M NOT A BROKER, GENUINE BUYER DIRECTLY)
We DO come over to other country!
So these guys are affiliated with the WHO huh? The World Health Organization???
If you look up the conversion rate on Ringit Malaysia you’ll find that they are willing (they say) to pay thousands upon thousands of dollars for these Tokay Geckos.
No wonder I’m hearing less of them in Thailand.
There are guys that go out at night in the forest and collect every Tokay they can find – guys that come across the border from Malaysia and plunder the gecko populations of Thailand – to take back to Malaysia.
Apparently the drive to find tokay gecko tongues is unstoppable at the moment! I’ve read a lot of forums where these guys are literally dying to get their hands on these geckos.
Sell one big gecko – have enough to buy a house, car, and retire for a couple years.
Update 1/21/11 – I just got this as a form submission on my site (contact details changed):
Type: ThaiPulse BLOG Contact Form
Comment: good day!! i have a little tokay gecko farm here in philippines.. i have a 30 pcs of gecko\’s in my farm that approximately weighing 150 to 250 grms each.. i want to add more gecko\’s in my farm but i\’m lack of fund.. and i have a group of man for hunting a tokay gecko\’s.. there are some foreigner here buying a tokay geckos in a high prices but i want a direct buyer for a higher price.. i can keep hunred geckos in my farm if i have a direct buyer for assurance that my gecko\’s will be sold in a nice price.. thanks and Godbless!!
God bless us, and fuck the geckos – right?
If you have any direct knowledge of what is going on with the gecko madness – do leave a comment and let us all know.