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Zegrahm Expeditions Travel Resources

Welcome to the Zegrahm Expeditions resources page! Here you will find inspiration for your next adventure and information from your last adventure, produced by our field leaders, Seattle office staff, and contributing writers. From blog posts and field reports (daily recaps of a past expeditions with images) to photo galleries and videos, explore your world from our perspective.

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May 26, 2020
Blog Post

We hope you enjoyed the selections from our first round of book recommendations curated by our expert expedition team. Our field leaders gave us so many intriguing recommendations, we’ve compiled another list of books to explore!

We hope you enjoy this suggested reading list as much as the last as you explore small-town America with Brent Stephenson,...

Book Recommendations
April 15, 2020
Blog Post

We know that curious explorers like yourself will not be content to sit idle during this time of isolation and social distancing, so we reached out to our expert expedition team for their best book recommendations. We were rewarded with a plethora of books to help you—and us—learn, grow, and travel through reading.

Whether reading historical accounts of famed explorers, learning about unique fauna around the world, or discovering something new about another culture, we...

November 1, 2017
Blog Post

The Himalayas is a majestic mountain range in every way. One of the youngest mountain ranges, they are home to many of the world’s tallest mountains, including Mount Everest.

At 29,035 feet (8,850 meters), Everest is the highest mountain on Earth—and also one of the most mystical. It seems to compel thrill-seekers...

Elephants on Safari
April 9, 2018
Blog Post

I’ve been a nature-lover my whole life, but I began traveling specifically to see animals in the wild back in the early ’90s. Still in my early 20s then, I was fascinated by watching wildlife. My passion grew exponentially as I took up photography and became more adept at spotting hidden animals.

Over the past 20 years, I’ve been blessed to explore over 40 countries on six continents. The one thing most of the places I’ve visited have in common? An opportunity to...

Lake Toya, Japan
June 7, 2017
Blog Post

Each evening between May and October, colorful pyrotechnics illuminate the skies over Lake Toya, as hundreds of fireworks are set off from boats on the still waters. The spectacular event attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors annually to the scenic lake, which lends its name to the surrounding Shikotsu-Toya National Park on Japan’s northernmost main island, Hokkaido.

Yet at numerous points in history, a different kind of fireworks have reflected off Lake Toya...

Miyajima Island, Japan
June 8, 2018
Blog Post

Japan is a timeless travel destination, blending ancient cultural traditions with a love of forward-thinking technology. You would be forgiven for thinking that the nation is one big landmass, but it’s actually a volcanic archipelago made up of 6,852 Japanese islands. Of these, only 420 are inhabited.

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Hokkaido: Japan's Wild Island
October 16, 2018
Blog Post

In the land of major metropolises and futuristic technology, there is still an oasis of calm and nature. Away from overcrowded subways, robot waiters, and neon intersections, Japan’s island of Hokkaido offers respite from the hustle and bustle of the cities.

The island offers mountain ranges and active volcanoes in its center, as well as dense forests, rushing rivers, coastal plains, and dramatic shores. Not only does Hokkaido have the largest reserves of untouched...

Tiger, India
October 6, 2016
Blog Post

Living amidst the forests of Asia, tigers are the largest felids on Earth, reaching up to 12 feet in length and upwards of 575 pounds. They are also one of the most critically endangered species, occupying less than 7 percent of their historic geographic range.

Perhaps the best place on the planet to see these incredible creatures is India; indeed, it is home to nearly half of the remaining cats in the wild. Thanks to a highly successful conservation effort,...

Miyajima Island, Japan
August 30, 2016
Video

Zegrahm Cofounder and Expedition Leader, Mike Messick, is thrilled to be joining our upcoming Asia's Subtropical Isles: Philippines, Taiwan & Japan expedition. Along with him for the ride are, marine biologist Brad Climpson, ornithologist Brent Stephenson, naturalist...

Lidth's Jays, Japan
August 24, 2016
Blog Post

Mark Brazil developed his fascination with the natural world, especially birds and mammals, during his boyhood in the landlocked English county of Worcestershire. He pursued academic interests in biology during studies in England and Scotland, while exploring the coasts and mountains of Britain in search of birds. Mark earned his PhD from Stirling University,...

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