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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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Mountain Gorilla, Uganda
January 10, 2017
Blog Post

It seems just about everyone is getting their genetic makeup tested these days. Yet in the search to find our DNA ancestry, we often overlook our closest living relatives—the Great Apes.

Fact is, humans share nearly 99 percent of our genes with fellow Hominidae—gorilla, chimpanzee, bonobo, and orangutan. Sadly, all four of these magnificent creatures currently face numerous threats of extinction. Our upcoming ...

Polynesian Tattoos | Dan & Micki Kaufman
January 3, 2017
Blog Post

For at least 2,000 years, Polynesians have decorated their bodies with tattoos. Known variously as tatau, moku, patutiki , and uki, tattooing served as a form of communication among peoples across Oceania. The body artwork identified which island group one came from, as well as their genealogy, social status, and individual accomplishments. It was also used to gain protection and strength from the gods....

Jaguar, Pantanal, Brazil | Mark Brazil
December 28, 2016
Blog Post

We recently reached out to our field staff, to find out what their favorite wildlife experiences of 2016 were. From South America to Australia’s Kimberley, our staff have traveled the world this year. Below, enjoy their stories.  

 

Mark Brazil, Ornithologist

“What is your favorite wildlife destination?” It’s a common question, but a tough one to answer as there are so many great places. However, one springs to mind; each year I am fortunate to re-visit my...

Tallinn, Estonia
December 19, 2016
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For many, a European cruise evokes images of Greco-Roman ruins and sun-soaked rivieras. Yet more adventurous travelers are now turning to the Baltic region, and for good reason. Few destinations boast such a concentration of history, heritage, cultures, and natural phenomena, as evidenced by its vast number of UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Indeed, among the nine countries that border the Baltic Sea—Germany, Denmark, Poland, Lithuania, Sweden, Latvia, Estonia, Russia, and Finland—more than 30...

Serendip Sanctuary, Australia
December 5, 2016
Blog Post

As with so many things these days, we’re often faced with an array of choices, with no clear-cut answer on which is the right decision for our needs. For travelers, one of these issues is how to speed through the airport with ease, simplicity, and speed, so we can get through security and on to our destination (and vacation!) in the quickest possible manner.

We’ve researched the various methods and offer you a primer on what’s available and how it may pertain to...

Tripe Soup, Romania
November 29, 2016
Blog Post

Situated on the crossroads of East and West, Romania has been conquered and occupied by a variety of different civilizations over the centuries—Greek, Roman, Ottoman, and Austro-Hungarian—while trade with other European countries, such as France, Italy, Poland, and Russia, have also had a profound effect on the language and culture of Romania. Today, this mélange of cultural influences are evident in traditional Romanian food.

On our upcoming expedition,...

Samarkand, Uzbekistan
November 16, 2016
Blog Post

The block of former Soviet republics—Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, and Tajikistan—is the new frontier for audacious adventurers. Here’s what you need to know about visiting Central Asia.

 

It’s About Time

Travel to Central Asia is most pleasant during spring and autumn months, avoiding the blistering desert heat during summer and the sharp chills of winter. While we have timed our...

Sapporo, Japan
November 3, 2016
Blog Post

This election season, we at Zegrahm vote for a straight ticket to adventure with this informal ballot of top expeditions for 2018. It’s a competitive race, stretching across three continents with a referendum on nature and new cultural experiences.

Here’s a look at our 2018 candidates:

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Photography in Antarctica
November 1, 2016
Blog Post

As an avid traveler and photographer, I have a personal photo library of over 50,000 images. From randomly scanned prints to cell phone uploads, I’ve learned over the years that taking time to organize your photos is just as important as setting up that perfect shot. Having a plan of action and spending a few minutes to organize your images right away will save you hours of searching later! Here’s my formula for keeping your digital photos organized and just a click away: 

 

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Bran Castle
October 28, 2016
Blog Post

Despite numerous natural and cultural attractions—including seven Saxon-built fortified churches and the historic center of Sighisoara, designated as UNESCO World Heritage Sites—the Transylvania region of central Romania is forever linked with the infamous legend of Dracula.

Romanians can thank (and for many years, they cursed) Irish author Bram Stoker for that notorious distinction. It was his Gothic horror novel, Dracula, published in 1897, that gave...

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