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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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Crowned lemur
June 19, 2005
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OK, I admit it, I'm a sucker for islands and tropical rainforests and primates. Put all these together and I'm like a kid in a candy store. Truth is, there aren't too many places that combine these three things. Spin a globe, and the scarcity of rainforest-covered islands becomes all too apparent. Now think about which ones have primates. Madagascar is one such place.

My love affair with Madagascar started many years ago, on a flight from Johannesburg to Singapore. From the window of...

Bengal Tiger
March 21, 2008
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Excerpts from the Welcome Home Letter written by our Expedition Leader for our February 2008 Wild India program.

From the urban chaos of our first afternoon in the narrow alleyways of old Delhi to the serenity of our time on the sacred Brahmaputra River… from the timeless elegance of the temples at Khajuraho to gaudy roadside markets, India boasts a cultural and scenic richness second to none. No single trip to India can hope to cover the rich spread of this immense country...

Prins Christian Sund, Greenland
August 28, 2008
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From August 10 - 27, travelers set out to explore high above the Arctic Circle, visiting the shores of Greenland, Baffin Island, and Ellesmere Island aboard the powerful icebreaker, Kapitan Khlebnikov. We thought you’d enjoy knowing a few of the highlights from this unique voyage.

  • At Lady Franklin Island, off the eastern coast of Baffin, the weather was as perfect as is possible anywhere in the world. The clarity of the air, the blue sky, and the flat sea bode...
October 17, 2008
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Our 2008 Ultimate Botswana expedition was a record-breaker in two ways:

First, we saw a total of 15 different leopards on the trip which more than doubles the previous record of seven. It really wasn’t that long ago that leopards were considered to be the most elusive of the large game animals to see—and to a large extent this is still true. However, there are certain special places where leopards are regularly seen now and Chitabe is one of them. In the past Chitabe...

Green-backed mantella
October 30, 2008
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From the capital, Antananarivo, our expedition began in earnest with a domestic flight to the remote town of Maroansetra, gateway to Madagascar’s most extensive wilderness of the Masoala Peninsula. A boat excursion along the backwaters of the Antainambalana River in the afternoon offered insights into the way of life of the rural Malagasy, along with a fine male panther chameleon, but the day’s highlight was undoubtedly our spectacularly successful quest for nocturnal creatures around the...

Ushuaia, Argentina
January 6, 2009
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We’re Antarctica bound, starting the trip off with a beautiful flight into Ushuaia—bathed in sunshine below us, with spectacular aerial views of the fjords and lakes that mark the southern edge of the South American tectonic plate. Ushuaia itself lies on a picturesque bay on the Beagle Channel surrounded by jagged snow-covered peaks. Above us the trees end in a razor-sharp mountain tree line; at our feet are gorgeous giant poppies and other colorful wildflowers.

Our tour divided into...

Aldabra Atoll, Seychelles
March 4, 2009
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We can always count on Aldabra providing us with wonderful surprises... We left Le Ponant before sunrise with the high tide to search for nesting sea turtles with Jonathan and Gemma. Almost as soon as we landed, Gemma and the Aldabra Research scientist, Naomi, found a female green turtle in the process of covering her eggs. We watched her for forty-five minutes as she took her time, carefully covering the eggs before she headed back toward the open sea. The sunrise was magnificent...

Humpback Whale
January 16, 2009
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We awoke to find ourselves approaching Elephant Island in thick fog and swells, but the fog soon lifted to reveal Cape Valentine and the towering cliffs of this island made famous by the 1914-1917 Shackleton Expedition. Captain Lemaire brought us right into view of historic Point Wild where twenty-two crew members from the Endurance spent four and a half months until Shackleton’s welcome return upon the Chilean navy cutter Yelcho. Zodiacs were launched and, although the...

February 13, 2009
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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...

Mombo Camp
March 11, 2009
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Our Eco-Expedition, Back to Africa with Lex Hes ended on March 9th and we are excited to share some highlights of the trip.

One of the greatest things about this trip was the enormous diversity we encountered as we moved from the low rainfall areas of the desert through to the high rainfall areas in the east. Starting off with Rhino Camp, our sights and sounds included: oryx, springbok, Ruppell’s korhaan, Namaqua sandgrouse, the long drawn-out whistle of the Benguella longbilled lark...


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