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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...

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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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...

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,...

Lacepede Islands
October 6, 2016
Blog Post

Rich Pagen is a biologist who has worked on surveys for nearly everything; from mammalian carnivores in the mountains of California, to bird migration monitoring in Canada, and even a study of army-ant-following birds in the Peruvian Amazon. Rich loves the sea, and has also conducted shipboard surveys for marine mammals and seabirds, as well as tagging studies of sea...

Vinales Valley, Cuba
September 28, 2016
Video

Our conversation with Expedition Leaders Nadia Eckhardt and Rich Pagen continues! Watch as they describe the incredible wildlife you'll see, including the Cuban bee hummingbird and the endemic Cuban trogon, as well as some of the accommodations you'll be staying in. And, be sure to stay tuned for Part 4: Cuba's Friendly Locals, Culture & Currency.

 

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Zapata Swamp
September 28, 2016
Blog Post

Since Cuba has remained relatively untouched by tourism and most modern industries, expedition travelers are able to explore pristine natural environments ranging from coral reefs and white-sand beaches to flourishing wetlands and tropical forests. A few natural sites not to be missed:

 

Zapata Wetlands

Comprising five separate protected areas spread across more than 1,600 square miles, Zapata’s mangroves, tidal pools, coastal lagoons, and...

Cuba
September 28, 2016
Blog Post

With a diverse culture that includes African, Spanish, French, and Asian influences, Cuba has left its mark on everything from world music and literature to major league sports. Here is just a short list of famous Cubans:

 

Desi Arnaz

Best known for his role as Ricky Ricardo on the TV series I Love Lucy, in which he starred opposite real-life wife Lucille Ball, Arnaz—who hailed from Santiago de Cuba—was also an...

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