The Mysterious Disappearance of Alan (Abe) Blank. (New info added)

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Handling a large lizardIguana poses in natural surroundingsMexican Red Kneed TarantulaThe Wandering Spider.  World's most dangerous arachnidThe pretty Baja Rattlesnake:  A generally peaceable creature.
Handling a large lizard
Handling a large lizard
Iguana poses in natural surroundings
Iguana poses in natural surroundings
Mexican Red Kneed Tarantula
Mexican Red Kneed Tarantula
The Wandering Spider.  World's most dangerous arachnid
The Wandering Spider. World's most dangerous arachnid
The pretty Baja Rattlesnake:  A generally peaceable creature.
The pretty Baja Rattlesnake: A generally peaceable creature.

His Lifelong Dream Snatched Away.

The Terrible Loss of a Great Man.

Abe Blank Pays the Ultimate Price.

I once had a very good friend. His name was Abe Blank and he was generous to a fault and a champion of creatures few people could find it in their hearts to love. Abe, an American, from Des Moines, loved and understood snakes, and he had a collection of them he showed to the public and school groups in La Paz, Baja California. He also cared very much for arachnids: spiders and scorpions. He had a hall devoted to them, too, and he would let people handle huge tarantulas as well as snakes and lizards.
Abe maintained that Baja, Mexico, was one of the most benign places in the world . Something about the warm, desert climate and quiet, cactus covered hills, backed by the azure, limpid seas, imbued residents, man and beast, with the desire to live in harmony.
Where snakes were concerned, Abe would council, that they hardly ever attack without provocation. A snake has difficulty working out whether it is being provoked or not when a 200-pound man steps on it, so you need to take care in areas where poisonous snakes are found. It can also only take so much of being poked with sticks or having rocks chucked at it; and snakes can move and strike very fast once they decide to do so.
Abe said one of God’s creatures man cannot live with, or live without, is the spider. We seem to have something in our psyche that makes us afraid of spiders. Little Miss Muffet of the nursery rhyme was actually a real little girl who was made to “love” the spider she was terrified of by her nature loving father. Maybe when were hunter-gathers there were larger spiders in the forests who really menaced us. Even today, there are four of five species with venom enough to kill a vulnerable human, such as the old or a young child.
Abe told me the worst is little known and lives in Brazil: this is the Wandering Spider and is the most prone to attack us with no reason; its bite has caused the death of a lot of small kids. It is also known as the Banana Spider and has travelled all over the world in bananas, much to the consternation of those finding it, if bitten. Recent studies have suggested it is much more venemous than previously thought. Then the Black Widow whose name bestows on the hapless creature a bark far worse than its bite. The Widow is timid and lives in damp places, it is very unlikely to bother you if you leave it alone.
After the Wandering monster; the most dangerous spider, because of its size and bite potential, is the Australian Trap Door spider, or Funnel web. Again, it lives peaceably in its hole and won’t bother anyone if left alone.
Abe said perhaps the nastiest spider in some ways is the Brown Recluse, it has a really complex and potent venom which can cause the flesh to rot around the bite area, known as necrotic arachnidism, leading to gangrene and tissue sloughing off, sometimes for many months after the bite. Also, it has a habit of getting into cupboards and shoes, etc. When is does bite, it is often not felt until symptoms appear.
Abe had a very soft spot for tarantulas, which he said were practically harmless to man. They have no interest in biting and can be handled with ease. Their bite, in most species, is no worse than a bee sting; they can, however, also throw fine silicon hairs at you if you really rile them, they will make you sneeze, and getting these in the eyes can be serious.
I will never forget the large, shambling and ageing figure of Abe with a group of fascinated Mexican school kids around him, one whose trembling hand supported a large, furry tarantula!

I learned all this and much more from Abe. He would come to the little village of El Triunfo where I lived and we would wander off into the desert just past my front door. Abe would pick up tarantulas and all kinds of snakes, gently, and they seems to know he would not harm them. I helped him with the ads and promotion for his new Serpentarium in La Paz, the culmination of his life-long dream. All his savings had gone into this wonderful collection of flora and fauna of Baja, all housed in large enclosures that imitated as much as possible their natural environment.
He had some teething problems getting all the necessary permits to open the place: bureaucracy in Mexico, as it is in any Spanish country, is a tedious and long-winded process. In Mexico, it involves the judicious application of a little grease.
One day, I had a hysterical call from Abe’s assistant, Victor. “The neighbours have reported a large snake swimming around in their pool, they are terrorized and blaming us!” We rescued the snake, which was not one belonging to the serpentarium. But problems with neighbours were ongoing for years, it’s a miracle the place did finally get the permits and is open, right up to this day in 2009.
But without my great friend, the kindly, philanthropic and gentle Abe Blank.

One awful day, about one year after the serpentarium was up and running, I got another call from Victor. “don Roberto, Abe is missing, we can’t find him anywhere.!” Evidently, he had been heard arguing vociferously with another employee I also knew, and African American by the name of H-----. Abe was last seen walking towards his house he had rented in La Paz.
This wonderful man has never been seen again, nor has any trace of his body been located.
We don’t even know for sure what happened to him immediately before his disappearance. What we do know, however, is very suspicious and perhaps an example of poetic justice at work.
Two nights after his disappearance, a pickup truck slammed at 60 miles per hour, head-on, into the front of a bus doing about the same speed in a deserted area of the La Paz to Todos Santos highway.
The driver, who was killed on impact, was the African American employee Abe had been arguing with. Many of the details were hushed up but I did hear that a quantity of money had been found in the truck and that the driver would have seemed to be speeding north to the US border. We shall never hear his side of the story now.
That’s all anyone knows, Abe, doubtlessly, lies in an unmarked grave somewhere in the desert among the creatures he so loved. And if there is some Day of Judgement, another person may one day be hurled into a pit with snakes, spiders and scorpions to pay for Abe’s murder.

Alan (Abe) Blank, 1937-2001. My dear, dear friend… RIP

Postscript. Do you know what makes me so mad. You can find out on Google, etc. every detail of these mindless celebrities: from their hair colour to who they are sleeping with - to whether they pick their noses or what their astrological sign is. But I could find nothing on the search engines about Abe's death; nothing in the ads for the Serpentarium to say that he was the man who did it all in the beginning. Abe...maybe you're better away from this kind of a world.

Added from a great friend of Abe.

Hi diogenes,
I've been reading with enormous interest about the disappearance of Abe. As you may imagine, Abe was a good friend of mine. Let me tell you how we first met.
I was travelling around Kenya in east Africa. One day I had booked a safari to the arid north of the country. We were about to leave on a truck for 12 passengers and apparently one of the passengers was missing. I was the only one in there travelling alone, so the only empty seat was the one next to me. After more than 20 minutes of a tense wait, one of the funniest looking guys I've ever seen got inside the truck and evidently sat next to me. We began to chat and he told me his name was Abe and that he was from Mexico. He didn't look mexican at all and his english sounded pure gringo but still I said "Excellent, we can speak in spanish then as I'm from Spain". He didn't want to say he was american to avoid hassels and told me the truth. We shared the tent every day and became good friends, birding together all the time (I'm a hooked birdwatcher), in fact we booked another safari together. One day in one of the parks we visited, I was wearing a t-shirt with loads of spider paintings and the african locals were very interested, especially on a big tarantula. Then Abe told us "You want to see a real one?" After some laughing, he went to the tent and brought a big metal box he had in his luggage. I had no idea he was carrying it. Opened it and took out a huge tarantula alive! Most of the locals run away, they hadn't seen such a monster in their lives! I was simply amazed, "what the hell are you doing here with this?" "Oh, I always travel with her, it's my favourite one, cute isn't it..."
Much later met in Barcelona (the city I was living at that time), a few times in his Baja ranchos, birded together through Costa Rica (I had moved there) etc...
One unfortunate day, his friend Rita (I'm sure you know her) sent me an email telling me he had dissapeared and the rest of this sad story.
I miss him very much too...
Cheers, Eduardo.

The address of the Serpentario is:

El Serpentario C.E.M.A de la Paz

Apartado Postal 657

La Paz BCS 23000 Mexico

Victor there may know more about the whereablouts of Alan's family and if his body was ever found

Bob



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Eduardo 7 years ago

Hi diogenes,

I've been reading with enormous interest about the disappearance of Abe. As you may imagine, Abe was a good friend of mine. Let me tell you how we first met.

I was travelling around Kenya in east Africa. One day I had booked a safari to the arid north of the country. We were about to leave on a truck for 12 passengers and apparently one of the passengers was missing. I was the only one in there travelling alone, so the only empty seat was the one next to me. After more than 20 minutes of a tense wait, one of the funniest looking guys I've ever seen got inside the truck and evidently sat next to me. We began to chat and he told me his name was Abe and that he was from Mexico. He didn't look mexican at all and his english sounded pure gringo but still I said "Excellent, we can speak in spanish then as I'm from Spain". He didn't want to say he was american to avoid hassels and told me the truth. We shared the tent every day and became good friends, birding together all the time (I'm a hooked birdwatcher), in fact we booked another safari together. One day in one of the parks we visited, I was wearing a t-shirt with loads of spider paintings and the african locals were very interested, especially on a big tarantula. Then Abe told us "You want to see a real one?" After some laughing, he went to the tent and brought a big metal box he had in his luggage. I had no idea he was carrying it. Opened it and took out a huge tarantula alive! Most of the locals run away, they hadn't seen such a monster in their lives! I was simply amazed, "what the hell are you doing here with this?" "Oh, I always travel with her, it's my favourite one, cute isn't it..."

Much later met in Barcelona (the city I was living at that time), a few times in his Baja ranchos, birded together through Costa Rica (I had moved there) etc...

One unfortunate day, his friend Rita (I'm sure you know her) sent me an email telling me he had dissapeared and the rest of this sad story.

I miss him very much too...

Cheers,

Eduardo (motmot65'at'yahoo.com)


diogenes 7 years ago

Hola Eduardo: It's a small world, verdad? I was really just getting to know Abe well when this happened. He had a lot of problems at the time as I remember. I would like to add your comments to the article on Abe if you would allow me to do so.

Gracias, hasta luego,

Roberto.


Eduardo 7 years ago

Por supuesto, add it as you like. Abe caused a great impact in my life, he deserves to be remembered any time. I was googling Abe Blank and found your place, brought me back loads of beautiful memories and unfortunately a few sad ones too.

Saludos,

Eduardo


Cecelia Hurwich 7 years ago

I met Abe in Sri Lanka in 1973. We visited his home in Baja. He joined Don and me on a hiking trip to New Guinea and again with his wife on a trip to Hunza and Pakistan. He was a dear friend.

Cecelia Hurwich

cecphd@earthlink.net


diogenes 7 years ago

Thanks for comment. Abe left a big footprint

Bob


diogenes 7 years ago

Thanks for comment. Abe left a big footprint

Bob


Carl J. Franklin 7 years ago

Thank you for posting the piece on Abe.

I think you and I may have met one afternoon in January 2001. Abe and I were then discussing plans for a second serpentarium in Cabo. Anyhow We stopped by a small town (I cannot remember the name at the moment) and met with a writer from the UK (You?).

He definitely made a significant impact in my life and his passion for nature was certainly contagious!

I've been back to Baja several times since and every visit brings memories and inspiration. Thank you again for the posting.


michael 6 years ago

Was Abe's nickname at one point "cosmos"? I met an Abe Blank in Indonesia in 1974 and we went out in the jungle to look for strange bugs. Then he told me he was moving to Baja, Mexico. no contact since.


diogenes 6 years ago

That was me, Carl, I remember the meeting vaguely; we found a tarantula on the old Baja road just outside the village if you remember. Such a shame the whole episode of Abe's murder. Bob


laurie 6 years ago

I met Abe one time about twelve years ago in Des Moines, of all places, at some fundraising event. I was struck by how caring he was. I was going through a very difficult time, and I actually felt comforted by him. He actually took the time to care. I still remember him for this. He did leave a very large footprint. It wasn't his snakes or spiders or adventures, it was just him. It's unfortunate that he was taken away from all of us, and all creatures great and small, scary and comfy. Laurie from Ankeny


lesleymoseley 5 years ago

Would this be the same Abe Blank who bought the Heritage Markets in Kuranda, Tropical North Queensland, Australia circa 1993 with his wife Lola and daughter Racquel? I have tried for MANY years to locate any of them It is a shock to google THIS news..


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diogenes 5 years ago from UK and Mexico Author

Abe never discussed his personal life with me. He was having a lot of economical and bureaucratic worries when I met him in Mexico. He was a man of many facets and I don't think anyone knew him really well.

Abe was travelling and looking for a place to settle at the time you mention, so it migt well have been him.

Sorry I can't be of more help...Bob


lesley moseley 5 years ago

Thanks for the reply. Many of my Kuranda friends are shocked at your news. We had a few really fun years with the Blanks on Meeroo (name of street). Lola and I were very close, but when they separated and sold the Heritage Markets, and went back to the States, we lost touch. I wonder what we can try next?


diogenes 5 years ago

Try Googling the family back in the States, they had a successful business which is where Abe's money came from I think, but you sound as if you spent much more time with them than i did. You could contact the exhibition in La Paz, or take a holiday there. Victor who ran the place last time I was there (2007) was close to Abe and may know where the family is.

Good luck! Bob Challen


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LuisEGonzalez 5 years ago from Miami, Florida

Great hub and quite moving.....thanks for sharing it with the rest of us.


Rick Pratt rickpratt45@gmail.com 5 years ago

I found this terrible news by googling my old friend Abe Cosmos Blank. I was just idly wondering how this interesting eccentric fellows was these days.

I met Abe and then Lola many years ago in Texas. It was around 1975 or perhaps a bit earlier. I was building the Armand Bayou Nature Center in Houston and we met at a Nature Conservancy gathering at the YO ranch in the Texas Hill country. He was playing with a pretty little jumping spider.

We visited for three or four years, during which time he introduced us to Lola.

I remember his going to Mexico and still have a wonderful photo he sent me of he and lola with their new child with the big red legged Tarantula on her shoulder. The photo was titled "Familiar Blank"

We corresponded sporadically for years, but never met again.

He was a kind soul indeed and I spent some interesting times with him camping around Texas. I will miss him.

I too am interested in locating Lola and the child.

Regards

Adios

Rick Pratt

Director, Port Aransas Museum

Port Aransas, TX


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diogenes 5 years ago from UK and Mexico Author

The only suggestion I have is to contact Victor at the Serpentarium, or the family in Des Moines...Bob


Rick Pratt rickpratt45@gmail.com 5 years ago

Bob,

do you have contact info for the Serpentarium?

Rick Pratt


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diogenes 5 years ago from UK and Mexico Author

Not the exact address, unless it's online.

It is The Serpentarium

La Paz

BCS

Mexico

That will get it, there's only one.


Rick Pratt rickpratt45@gmail.com 5 years ago

Gracias.

Rick


lesleymoseley 5 years ago

Abe's daughter's name is Raquel and is a couple of years younger than my daughter, who soon turns 32 years old. I last saw her and Lola in 1993, but kept in touch for many years. IThe last address was Watsonville, California. Think I heard Raquel was to be a lawyer. Please keep updating this space. The Australian connections really appreciate it.


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diogenes 5 years ago from UK and Mexico Author

Will do, Lesley, and thanks for info...Bob


Derek 5 years ago

I met Alan in Los Angeles, somewhere around 1970. Alan was a bit crazy, interesting and humorous. Somehow, we kept in touch and he dropped in and stayed with us in the late 70's in Montreal - tarantulas and all. He had just visited Time-Life in New York and had sold them usage rights to many photographs.

In the early 80's we joined a few friends and we all met up in Acapulco where we had a great lunch in Alan's parent's apartment overlooking the ocean.

In the 90's Alan came to Vancouver.

I'm lucky to have known and spent time with Alan. If he is dead I sincerely hope that his death was instantaneous.

This is the address:

El Serpentario y C.E.M.A. de La Paz

A. Postal 657

La Paz

Baja Calif. Sur 23000 MEXICO


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diogenes 5 years ago from UK and Mexico Author

I am sure his death was fast and probably started with a blow. But he seems to have popped up all over the world! It would be too much to hope he is somewhere with his beloved creatures - perhaps in the Amazon jungle - We can't afford to loose people like him before their time. Thanks for info I will add it to the article...Bob


lesleymoseley 5 years ago

Other than being missing, what evidence has led you to assume Abe died?


diogenes 5 years ago

Read the story LM


ianconnor 5 years ago

THE DEATH OF ABE, CAN HAVE ANOTHER SUSPECT, ¿WHO WILL BENEFIT AND KEEP SAYING THE HERPETARIUM IS THE OWNER? YES, VICTOR MANUEL VELAZQUEZ SOLIS THAT WAS MEXICAN ARMY LT, DISHONORABLY DISCHARGED FOR BEING ARRESTED IN POSSESSION OF A SHIPMENT OF COCAINE IN CONNECTION WITH THE ORGANIZED CRIME, COULD BE THE AUTHOR OF THE DISAPPEARANCE OF ABE AND THE “ACCIDENT” OF HIS AFRO AMERICAN ASSISTANT TO DIVERT SUSPICION WITH CRIMINAL RECORDS WHY WAS NOT INVESTIGATED? BE SAYS "DOCTOR", "CAPTAIN" OF THE ARMY AND "SCIENTIFIC” ALL OF THIS IS FALSE ... INVESTIGATE HIM, THIS GUY HAVE CONNECTIONS ON THE CRIMINAL BACKGROUND AND CRIMINAL MILITARY RECORD, I BELIEVE THAT DESERVES ABE.


diogenes 5 years ago

We shall never know how the incident regrding Abe's death really unfolded. If this is the same Victor who runs the place, they seemd like friends. He might have killed Abe, but I don't believe he could havbe arranged his black employee's death by having him run head-on into a bus full of passengers...that would be up to CIA level of intrigue...Bob


lesleymoseley 5 years ago

"Read the story LM" : Yes I did, hence, MY question, as I don't go by 'stories'.

That’s all anyone knows, Abe, doubtlessly, lies in an unmarked grave somewhere in the desert among the creatures he so loved. And if there is some Day of Judgement, another person may one day be hurled into a pit with snakes, spiders and scorpions to pay for Abe’s murder.

Sounds very fishy to me. If YOU choose to believe Victor, without the benefit of find a body, that's your right. IF some of us are sceptical that's ours..


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diogenes 5 years ago from UK and Mexico Author

Thanks for comment Lesley. I had no idea you, too, were suspicious of Victor. It's all so long ago now, and you can imagine how interested the Mexican police are...Ha! Maybe his body will turn up one day and the investigation can be reopened...Bob


EL JOHNO 4 years ago

HOLA VICTOR: ESTARE EN CABOS SAN LUCAS EN EL 6 DE MARZO. QUIEOR HACEDR CONTATO CONTIGO. ABRAZOS, JOHNO


diogenes 4 years ago

Victor will be running the Serpentarium I think in La paz

Bob


sheryl Pinal 3 years ago

Lola Jane and Rocky..where are you!!!!!!!!! You must see Rogelio's babies!!! I want to hold Rachel's and Jason's too!!


lesleymoseley 3 years ago

I wish SOMEONE would find my dear friend Lola and her daughter Raquel..... I am surprised Raquel Blank is so hard to find, especially if she did go on to be a lawyer.. Her childhood friend, my daughter is soon to have her first baby, a girl...

Please re-read my comments...NEVER did I say or imply blame to ANYONE... I repeat, just because someone tells me a story, doesn't make it necessarily true...


jzgiler 3 years ago

We took a 10 day trip with Abe, current wife CiCi and Nephew Austin, his friend, my son, husband and crew captain Iver. Unforgettable trip up the sea of Cortez to look for the rattle less rattlesnake. We are still in touch with Austin. I sent him this blog which he forwarded to Raquel and Lola who are in Salinas, CA

I would like to write up a story about Abe, a fascinating man who liked to make up his own rules. My husband Karl knew him for over 45 years. I also think there is a different story.

Jzgiler@cox.net


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diogenes 3 years ago from UK and Mexico Author

Hi jizgler.

I wouldn't be overtly surprised to see Abe pop up somewhere in South America, etc., he's a chap who is hard for us to bury!

Bob


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Au fait 3 years ago from North Texas

Interesting story. May please you to know that if you Google "Abe Blank Baja" your hub is at the top of the results (or just Abe Blank without the Baja) and there are more articles listed about his strange disappearance and his little zoo.

The brown recluse is fairly common here and likes places where it will seldom be disturbed, thus the name. Most people who are bitten are in bed sleeping and accidentally roll on it or touch it when it comes hunting in a person's bed for some reason. While there bite does indeed cause necrosis and ugly scarring that may require cosmetic surgery, the black widow is more deadly and also frequently resides here in Texas.

Voted up and interesting, pinned, and will share! Hope you are well. Haven't seen you here for the last couple of days again . . . xx


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JayeWisdom 3 years ago from Deep South, USA

What an intriguing mystery about an interesting man! It seems that Abe Blank lived a very full life in many places around the world and made many friends. If he was murdered, that is tragic, but it is unlikely the Mexican police will reopen an investigation this many years later. If more information comes to light, I hope you will record it on HP.


lesleymoseley 3 years ago

I wonder why, if Lola and Raquel's phone number is available in USA, NOBODY here, has ACTUALLY ring them!!


diogenes 3 years ago

Hi Misty...you are sooo faithful. Yes, Widow venom is worse, but the Recluse, as you say, is often so hard to detect and many don't even feel it's bite until the venom has started it's nasty effect.

I'm here - for my sins...going to Mexico this month...join me??? I'll buy the tequila xoxo


diogenes 3 years ago

Hi 'Jaye: The loss of Abe affected many people and it may never be fully explained, although the evidence does point strongly to the black employee.

I will go to the Serpentarium this October and see if there is anything to add. Bob


diogenes 3 years ago

Lesley...yes, Abe's dad also died a few years ago, but I only knew Abe and met his lady friend once Bob


lesleymoseley 3 years ago

Perhaps you Bob, could ring Lola on my behalf?


diogenes 3 years ago

I am in UK and don't have number or any way of getting it

sorry Bob


jzgiler 3 years ago

I sent this blog to Austin Blank Abe's nephew who forwarded it to Lola and Raquel who do live in Watsonville and I guess they don't want to be part of this conversation.

I suspect Abe's disappearance is related to a few of his actions. He did not mind breaking a few rules. Bob if you are going there next month, ask victor to tell you about the ex- police chief, a neighbor, who Abe pissed off a number of times. I don't think we can ever penetrate their legal system.

Bob, you can write me privately and I will share some thoughts before you go. Jzgiler@gmail.com

The website www.whitepages.com lists Lola blank and her address.


diogenes 3 years ago

Hi jzgiler: Thanks, but not interested in hearing about Abe's dark or lawless side. I never saw it, he was kindness itself to me and always a gentleman. I remain loyal to friends through thick and thin, even when they have left this mortal coil. It's really time to let this story find closure of a sort.

Bob


lesleymoseley 3 years ago

I agree, Bob... All the nefarious speculation is the reason that I have lost touch with a VERY precious friend.


jzgiler 3 years ago

I got back in contact with Steve Graen "Flaco," who was also a friend of Abe's and with us on our boat trip, just after Abe opened the serpentarium. He lives in La Paz and continues to be in contact with Victor, who runs the El Serpentario.

Victor Velezquez's his email is cobra293@hotmail.com if anyone wants to send funds to him, he is apparently having trouble raising enough funds to keep the El Serpentario open.

I told him I would post this information for him. The Blank family foundation and Steve do not consider him a suspect but rather believe as did the police, that Abe's demise was at the hands of a U.S. national who died in a tragic car accident the same year Abe disappeared.

RIP


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diogenes 3 years ago from UK and Mexico Author

I.m sure that was how Abe died, he was murdered by this employee, a black American who was hot-footing it to the border when he collided head-on with a Mexican bus just outside Todos Santos. I thought Victor was a decent chap, actually, what little I knew of him and much of what has happened bears that out now. I am sorry Victor is having trouble keeping going, I will try to look further into that.

Thanks for letting me know Bob


lesley 3 years ago

I long for the day when Lola and I are back in touch...


jzgiler 3 years ago

Bob, perhaps you can get in touch with Steve "Flaco" Graen

while you are in La Paz?


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diogenes 3 years ago from UK and Mexico Author

jzgiler. I had to cancel trip this year due to ill health but I will surely go next year and try to pick up the thread of the Abe story and do as you suggest

Bob


jzgiler 3 years ago

Bob, if you will allow me, this note came from Steve "Flaco" Graen after he read this blog. He is dyslexic and asked me to post this for him.

"Just a little bit of respect should be given Victor. Abe rescued him from working in a pet shop clipping puddles. He has no education and yet he has been able to keep the Serpentario going. Abe's family cut off all funding. Thousands of children visit the Serpentario and get a hands on experience that enrich there lives and change the way they relate to nature.

Victor is a dedicated person. He has a wonderful family that supports him.

Yes he is always looking for funding. He has to. It costs a lot to keep a small zoo like that (running).

Yes the disappearance of Abe lift him with a place to live and am incredibly labor intensive business to run but not enough can be said about the responsibility he has taken on.

There is no property that is in his name only work and responsibility and a much deserved meager living.

I have yet to hear of any legacy left by Abe except for the Serrpentario. If you cared about Abe, visit his last work and donate to it .

Steve Graen''

stevegraen@gmail.com


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diogenes 3 years ago from UK and Mexico Author

Thanks for the info, Steve: I know you mean well, but I don't have money to donate to them and I hope Victor can find support locally

Bob


Marianne Saulwick 23 months ago

I knew Abe and Lola when they lived in Byron Bay, Australia and have also tried to find Lola and Raquel over the years. I have now learned that Lola ( Carol Cote Blank) died early 2014. We have all been blessed to have had our lives touched by the Blanks.


diogenes 23 months ago

Hi Marianne. I have visited Byron Bay many years ago. Abe certainly knew which lovely areas to live in...La Paz is one of the nicest places I have lived in, too. I didn't know Lola; they were separated by then. Many of the people who have commented on this article knew Abe better than I...he was a lovely chap, the idiot who killed him (and soon died we believe) removed a star from our world

Bob


Marianne Saulwick 23 months ago

Hullo Bob, I visited Abe and Lola at Cabo and had a very memorable time there and also visited La Paz. I remember oyster shots on the street in between shopping. This whole hub community would have many stories to tell of exploits with Abe. I live in Dubai now which is a long way from collecting road kill with Abe to feed to?? I can't remember what now but it seemed perfectly plausible at the time. Thank you Bob for maintaining the discourse! Kind regards, Marianne


diogenes 23 months ago

Hi Marianne: We get around, don't we? I remember Abe being very upset about the snakes run over by cars and trucks around La Paz. He always tried to educate rural Mexicans about snakes - they thought they were all venomous!

Dubai? Not my cuppa

Bob x

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