Lily Glidden, 24, of Freeville, New York, was found dead on January 18, 2014 in Kaeng Krachan National Park, Petchaburi, Thailand, five days after disappearing while on a hike by herself to photograph wildlife. Glidden had apparently been trampled by elephants.
“Looking at the pictures she took in her camera, we see a lot of animals––birds, snakes, lizards,” Thai police colonel Woradet Suanklaai told Associated Press.
“We assumed she wanted to take pictures of elephants because that’s what the Kaeng Krachan National Park is famous for.” Glidden, a 2012 cum laude graduate of the Tufts University biology program, had been president of the Tufts Mountain Club.
Glidden had also “done work trapping Mexican grey wolves [as an intern for the Mexican Wolf Blue Range Reintroduction Project] in the western United States, handling venomous snakes in Hong Kong, and counting animals on the Serenegti plain. She completed a nine-month naturalist training course at the Wilderness Awareness School in Washington state, and also time learned survival and wilderness skills at the Vermont Wilderness School,” reported Bruce Estes of the Ithaca Journal.