Zegrahm Expeditions Announces Joint Trip in Melanesia with The Nature Conservancy

Zegrahm Expeditions Announces Joint Trip in Melanesia with The Nature Conservancy
The Conservancy’s Melanesia Program Director to Join Expedition Team and Raise Awareness for Sea Turtle Restoration in the Solomon Islands

 Seattle, WA (August 23, 2016) – As part of its partnership with The Nature Conservancy that was announced earlier this year, Zegrahm Expeditions, the world leader in small-ship cruising and overland adventures, is pleased to welcome The Nature Conservancy’s Melanesia Program Director and Senior Scientist, Dr. Rick Hamilton, on its November Faces of Melanesia expedition. The first of several joint trips with The Conservancy, Hamilton will be part of the expedition team, educating guests on conservation projects underway in the region during lectures, site visits while in ports of call, and through informal discussions.

One of the most noteworthy conservation projects in the works is restoring healthy sea turtle populations in the Solomon Islands. In working directly with island communities, Hamilton and his colleagues were able to quantify the first known example of recovery for a western Pacific hawksbill rookery in the Arnavon Islands. On Zegrahm’s expedition, guests will be able to see—and participate in—similar work being done in another part of the Solomon Islands. On Tetepare Island, travelers will have the opportunity to join in turtle tagging by following local guides to find the turtles; bringing them back to shore to be tagged, weighed, and measured; and then releasing them back to the sea.

“We are thrilled to have Dr. Hamilton traveling with us in November—his knowledge of the region and its culture and marine life will be the perfect complement to our team of noted ornithologists, anthropologists, marine biologists, and naturalists.” says Zegrahm President, Van Perry. “We are really looking forward to this exciting opportunity to showcase The Nature Conservancy’s work in a region we have been exploring for nearly 10 years.”

Zegrahm’s partnership with The Nature Conservancy allows its travelers to learn more about The Conservancy’s work in 69 countries, as well as impart what we can all do to help protect nature. Plus, a portion of each guest’s trip cost* will be contributed to The Conservancy over a three-year period to help fund conservation work—such as sea turtle restoration projects—across the globe.

For more information about Zegrahm, please visit www.zegrahm.com or call 1-800-628-8747.

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About Zegrahm Expeditions:
With over 25 years in expedition travel, Seattle-based Zegrahm Expeditions Inc. is a leading adventure travel company specializing in small-ship expedition cruises, tours, and safaris to remote and intriguing destinations around the world. Led by expert guides and lecturers, Zegrahm itineraries are carefully crafted and all-inclusive, feature deluxe accommodations, and operate in all seven continents.

About The Nature Conservancy:
The Nature Conservancy is a leading conservation organization working around the world to conserve the lands and waters on which all life depends. Together with its more than 1 million members and 600 scientists, the Conservancy has protected 120 million acres of land and thousands of miles of rivers worldwide, and operates more than 100 marine conservation projects globally. The Conservancy works on the ground in all 50 U.S. states and more than 69 countries. To learn more, visit www.nature.org or follow @nature_press on Twitter.

* Between February 4, 2016 and December 31, 2018, Zegrahm Expeditions will contribute 0.5% of the retail price of a direct sale within the United States of a tour, vacation package or expedition, with a minimum guaranteed contribution of $244,650, to The Nature Conservancy. The mission of The Nature Conservancy is to conserve the lands and waters on which all life depends. More information about the Conservancy is available by mail at 4245 N. Fairfax Drive, Arlington, Virginia 22203, by phone at (800) 628-6860 or at www.nature.org. A “direct” sale shall not include any bookings for non-US customers, any travel agent, special interest group bookings, or any cancelled or refunded bookings other than cancelled bookings for which the entire tour, vacation package or expedition price is retained by Zegrahm Expeditions; and the price of a tour, vacation package or expedition shall not include any taxes, fees, or incremental purchases such as, but not limited to, air fare, park fees, extra hotel nights, trip extensions, etc.