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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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Fairy Terns, Seychelles
March 16, 2016
Blog Post

Brent Stephenson is an ornithologist who spent years studying the breeding biology of Australasian gannets in New Zealand. He co-re-discovered the "extinct" New Zealand storm-petrel in 2003, and has traveled virtually everywhere, from the Arctic to the Antarctic, Australia, the Solomon Islands, Papua New Guinea, Indonesia, French Polynesia, China, the...

Diving with Whale Sharks
March 9, 2016
Blog Post

Brad Climpson is a marine biologist who spent the last 20 years living on the edge of Australia's Great Barrier Reef. His passion for the underwater realm has taken him to Fiji, Indonesia, Bermuda, and the Maldives. An accomplished scuba diver, Brad shares his enthusiasm for one of the world's most intriguing animals, the whale shark.

As a marine...

Southern Elephant Seals
February 24, 2016
Infographics

The Sub-Antarctic Islands of New Zealand are home to some of the most rare and intriguing plant and animal species on the planet. Wildlife viewing along the coasts and islands of this region is, simply, exceptional! From the endemic species—Campbell Island teal and Auckland Islang shag, among them—to the 11 species of albatross, these islands are a haven for wildlife. View our infographic for facts on penguins, fur seals, and more, and visit our trip page for more...

Kayaking in Antarctica
February 22, 2016
Blog Post

Zegrahm travelers are some of the most adventurous on the planet. Those looking for a spine-tingling, life-changing experience this year will discover it in our new guide, Top 5 Destinations for Adventure in 2016.

We consulted with Zegrahm's team of expert field leaders to find out what's on their radar. Leading the list were perennial favorites...

India, Sri Lanka & the Maldives
August 27, 2015
Blog Post

Exotic figures striking Kathakali poses grace the famous frescoes of Kochi’s Mattancherry Palace, and appear among the stone carvings in Kerala’s many temples, as well. Indeed, colorful Kathakali images adorn everything from travel posters and guidebooks to T-shirts and coffee mugs, and have become the de-factor symbol of this southwest Indian state.

One of the world’s oldest theater forms, Kathakali—which translates to “story-play”—is rooted in Hindu mythology, particularly...

Macaroni Penguin, South Georgia
June 8, 2015
Blog Post

Always looking dapper in their natural tuxedos, penguins are amazing little creatures. The dashing appearance of these flightless birds—evolved from sky-bound birds some 40 million years ago and found solely in the Southern Hemisphere—is quite strategic: their black backs provide camouflage to predators from above, while their white bellies blend into the water’s bright surface.

Most penguins mate for life, joining up to a thousand others in large breeding colonies. They return year...

What is the Silk Road?
June 3, 2015
Blog Post

The Silk Road—most of us have heard of it, and many of us can explain where it was located and what it was used for. But often, people are left wondering, ‘What is the Silk Road?’ Here are five intriguing facts that will help you understand the history of this legendary route. Going on our 18-day Silk Road expedition, which...

The Culture of Japan
August 15, 2018
Blog Post

“R-E-S-P-E-C-T, find out what it means to me.”

Aretha Franklin’s soulful anthem to deference offers a valuable tip for first-time visitors to Japan. Following the country’s traditional customs—particularly that of bowing—is a way to show, and garner, respect with locals. It also shows that you truly understand, or are trying to, the culture of Japan.

 

Bowing in Japan

Ojigi, or bowing, is the way Japanese...

Russian Far East
September 19, 2013
Blog Post

At Zegrahm, we pride ourselves on taking our explorers to the ends of the Earth, be it the continent of Antarctica, or an island in the middle of the Indian Ocean with seven syllables—we're looking at you, Thiruvananthapuram. Here is a list of our favorite, if hard to pronounce, off-the-beaten-path destinations you simply can’t miss:

 

Sea of Okhotsk

The expansive region bordering the Sea of Okhotsk is one of the planet’s least-explored and most...

Jigokudani
February 13, 2009
Blog Post

The enchanting landscapes of Japan in winter provide our small group of travelers with an extraordinary expedition that includes wildlife, culture, and an incredible variety of exciting bird sightings. 

Among the many highlights of this trip is our time spent in Jigokudani, a steep-sided valley set amid forested mountains, observing and photographing the resident troops of Japanese macaques (snow monkeys) bathing in their very own hot pools. The viewing area has an...

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