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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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Oustalet's Chameleon, Anjajavy
February 27, 2012
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The northeast of Madagascar, with its lush cover of rainforest, receives 20 feet of rain a year and is by far the wettest part of the country. This morning, we went ashore on a small island called Nosy Mangabe, where over the course of our landing, we witnessed a good quarter of a foot of water drop from the sky. The swollen streams, spilling over their banks, were brown from the sediment that had washed down the hillsides into them. This was Madagascar rainforest absolutely in its element...

Pink Amazon River Dolphin
March 29, 2012
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Today we awoke early as the Clipper Adventurer prepared to enter the famous Narrows of the Amazon River delta. Most of the passengers gathered with the naturalists on the top deck to welcome the tropical dawn and watch the early morning activities of parrots and other birds. We were rewarded with wonderful views of chestnut-fronted macaws, the energetic calling for a red-billed toucan, and most spectacularly, the sight of a magnificent king vulture, drying his wings in the crown of...

Squirrel Monkey, Iles du Salut, French Guiana
April 9, 2012
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In the early morning we dropped anchor off the Iles du Salut archipelago of French Guiana, home of the infamous Devil’s Island Prison. Our Zodiacs landed first at Ile Royale, the largest island and home to the majority of the prisoners, as well as the prison hospital, church, and administrative buildings. On our arrival, we were greeted by a squirrel monkey sprawled nonchalantly on his back high in a coconut palm.  We soon spotted more squirrel monkeys, as well as capuchins. The monkeys are...

Trobriand Islands, Melanesia
October 20, 2003
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When asked to name my favorite part of the world, I invariably single out the islands of Melanesia and Micronesia. These archipelagos, spread across a vast span of the western tropical Pacific, captivated me in the early 1980s when I first encountered them during a voyage aboard the Explorer.

Assuming the duties of Zegrahm CEO meant that I had to sharply curtail my activities in the field in order to plan and oversee our programs from the Seattle office. Of course, as CEO I...

Drakensberg Mountains, South Africa
October 20, 2003
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Always, when touting the merits of traveling in South Africa, I focus on its almost boundless variety—of landscapes, wildlife, and culture—often employing the term, "A world in one country."

Though this term may seem an exaggeration, it is entirely apt, something that came home to me recently. Last April I had the pleasure of doing some advance scouting and developing of a brand-new Zegrahm program in South Africa and Namibia. I traveled areas of South Africa, as well as neighboring...

Ultimate Namibia
July 20, 2004
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I first visited Namibia in the early 1980s when I was working aboard a ship that called at Walvis Bay. The dramatic coastline, the bordering sand dunes, and an enormous, seabird-packed lagoon immediately signaled Namibia's potential as an adventure-travel destination.

My interest only grew during the intervening years as I explored the country further. Namibia, I became convinced, is one of southern Africa's best-kept secrets. Since 2000 we've included Namibia as an extension to...

Enderby Island
November 13, 2009
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This recently published book by Rodney Russ & Aleks Terauds is a comprehensive study of the seven oceanic island groups to the south and east of New Zealand. Each chapter features a different island with descriptions of the flora, fauna, geography, geology, human history, and glorious color photographs. More than just a coffee-table book, the authors leave no stone unturned when it comes to describing the wonders of these unique islands.

The Sub-Antarctic islands are notable for...

Przewalski's Horses, Mongolia
January 14, 2009
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Mongolian wild horses—or Przewalski horses—came dangerously close to extinction due to hunting and competition with domestic stock. Had it not been for a number of individuals that were taken to zoos in various parts of the world, they would have been lost forever. Thanks to the dedicated conservation efforts of the Hustai National Park Trust, Przewalski horses were reintroduced to the park in 1992 and recent figures put the population at nearly 200 horses.

Together with Mark Brazil...

Steeple Jason Island, Falkland Islands
April 3, 2018
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Allan White is a Falkland Islands native, naturalist, Zodiac driver, and has led more than 125 shipboard expeditions around the world (40 of those to Antarctica). He is a Zegrahm Expedition leader on programs to Antarctica, South Georgia, and the Falklands--the place he is proud to call home.

The Falklands are such a remote and mysterious place to most people--what is it like living there?
This windswept group of islands surrounded by a...

La Digue, Seychelles
July 20, 2003
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Aldabra, by virtue of its geographic isolation and through the efforts of dedicated conservationists, has withstood the ravages caused by centuries of passing mariners, escaped the environmental destruction wrought by large-scale human habitation, and today shelters flora and fauna in astonishing numbers and variety.

The largest raised coral atoll on earth, Aldabra has a perimeter of roughly 70 miles. First-time travelers cannot help but be stunned by the sheer scale of Aldabra;...

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