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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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worlds best wildlife parks
December 23, 2019
Blog Post

The Best Wildlife Parks & Wildlife Tours in the World for Animal Lovers

Global interest in nature-based tourism, which includes wildlife tourism, has grown rapidly over the last decade. At the same time, wildlife has become increasingly under threat from issues such as habitat loss, poaching, and a lack of funding for conservation.

Richard Damania, lead economist for the...

South American sea lions
March 29, 2019
Field Report

Saturday, January 26, 2019
Ushuaia, Argentina / Embark Island Sky

Having arrived at the Arakur Hotel & Resort in Ushuaia the day before, and caught up on at least some sleep overnight, we set out this morning to explore Tierra del Fuego National Park. Guided by our ornithologist, Jim Wilson, our birders were first out, keen to find their target species, the Magellanic woodpecker. In this they were...

New Zealand Animals
January 21, 2019
Blog Post

New Zealand’s remote location has made its wildlife exceptional. The outlying sub-Antarctic islands are amongst the wildest, least disturbed, places on Earth.  In fact, the collection of archipelagos remained unsettled by humans (and other mammals) for so long that its native animals often have characteristics unlike any others on the planet.

Because New Zealand...

Reindeer, Lapland
February 1, 2018
Blog Post

The planet’s polar regions, the Arctic and Antarctic, are both remarkably cold, which may explain why people often get them confused. Both are technically cold deserts, with very little precipitation. In both places the winters are frozen and devastatingly dark. Summers are still somewhat frozen (though...

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...

Humpback Whale
August 23, 2017
Infographics

During the austral summer (October – February), thousands of whales migrate to the waters surrounding Antarctica to feed on a bounty of krill, small shrimp-like creatures that live in large schools. A highlight of any trip to Antarctica is the chance to view these leviathans as they feed, breach, and socialize in the Antarctic’s icy waters. Here are some of the whales you may see. 

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Antarctic Sunset
July 25, 2017
Blog Post

On August 21, the moon will pass in front of the sun and the sky will turn completely dark in the middle of the day. Total solar eclipses like this occur approximately once every 18 months, but they’re usually only visible from less than half a percent of the Earth’s surface. This will be the first total solar eclipse visible in the United States since 1979.

Despite the brevity of this phenomenon, its rarity makes it an experience stargazers do not want to miss....

arctic and antarctic wildlife
January 11, 2019
Blog Post

From Alaska and northern Canada to Greenland and Scandinavia, exploring the Arctic ranks among the world’s greatest adventures. For us, one of the most rewarding aspects was seeing the incredible array of Arctic animals that manage to survive in these harsh landscapes.

As the global threats of climate change increase, the wildlife that calls the...

Neko Harbor, Antarctica
April 8, 2018
Blog Post

We've been exploring via Antarctic cruises for over 20 years. In that time, we've honed an incredible trip—from Zodiac cruises among massive icebergs to hikes along glaciers, and all of the wildlife you get to see, our trips are truly once-in-a-lifetime opportunities. To help give you a better understanding of what one of our Antarctic cruises is really like, we offer...

Queenstown, New Zealand
March 31, 2017
Field Report

Thursday - Saturday, January 19 - 21, 2017 - Queenstown, New Zealand / Milford Sound / Embark Caledonian Sky

We gathered at the Millennium Hotel in Queenstown, surrounded by stunning scenery. Some of us enjoyed a walk about town before we all met up for drinks, dinner, and introductions from Expedition Leader, Mike Messick. The following morning, the birders went off in search of black stilts and falcons—and were...

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