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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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Jaguar
April 25, 2015
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Brazil's Pantanal, 2009

Traveling the length of the dusty Transpantaneira Road, which was only completed in 1976, wildlife is everywhere and usually quite visible. Arriving in Porto Jofre at the end of the road, another type of adventure begins—exploring the main channels and quiet tributaries of the Cuiaba and Piciri Riversby boat . Here as well, the wildlife is phenomenal —capybaras and caimans, black-collared hawks perched along the channels looking for fishing opportunities,...

Facts About Polar Bears—Their Plight and Prospects
July 18, 2011
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Polar Bear Quest: A Voyage through Svalbard, 2011

Today’s planned two-hour afternoon Zodiac cruise into the lovely Smeerenburg Bay produced not one, but two, separate, but ultimately combined, polar bear sightings. “Sightings” implies a glimpse in the distance, or a whiff of a passing glance, but we collectively achieved a rich interface among and with Nordic polar bears today that will be forever etched into our minds. Unbeknownst to the guests, Mats Forsberg knew where to find the...

Buffalo
September 5, 2013
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It's back to school season! To help make the transition a little easier, we've provided you with the ABCs of Botswana. From aardvarks to zebras, expedition leader Lex Hes has seen it all. "Aardvark, buffalo, cheetah, duiker, elephant, fruit bat, giraffe, hare, impala, jackal, kudu, lion, mongoose, nightjar, oxpecker, porcupine, quelea, reedbuck, steenbuck, tsessebe, vulture, wild dog, and zebra. Plus, I think I can safely add YOU to the list!"

March 13, 2013
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Under glorious sunshine, we headed out to explore the reef fringing tiny Dondola Island. The white sand flats between the reef and the island glowed a most inviting and brilliant blue color, and the outside of the reef dropped off as a steep wall encrusted with massive brown pipe sponges. Some of us observed the reef from the glass-bottom boat, others with a mask and snorkel, and some with SCUBA tanks. But whatever the method, the goal was the same: to conduct the first ever Zegrahm...
Anastasiya Bay, Kamchatka
August 20, 2013
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Beautiful low angle sunlight was reflecting off the green hillsides of Anastasiya Bay as Zodiacs left the ship bound for a shallow river mouth. This spontaneous after-dinner trip ashore was the result of scanning back down the end of the bay, where we noticed a dark line appearing on the horizon. This region of the Russian Far East is known for its seasonal reindeer herders, who bring their herds to the coast each summer. It’s impossible to know when and where to find them, but this evening...

Pennant-tailed Nightjar
August 24, 2012
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Prior to the trip, I emailed Jonathan Rossouw and mentioned that my target bird for Uganda was the pennant-tailed nightjar. This is a pretty tough get. A well camouflaged night bird, it is nearly impossible to see during the day unless you step on one and, of course, it is tough to see in the dark at night. Rossouw replied: "Prayer is the only answer, but I will do my damnedest to put you in the right place so that if our prayers are answered, you will see the bird." We got to the...

Chameleon
October 30, 2012
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Certainly I enjoyed seeing the lemurs and the beautiful birds....but what captivated me were the amazingly colorful chameleons. Before I visited Madagascar, chameleons, iguanas, and lizards were all in the same grouping..."yucky!" But I became enthralled with the Madagascar's endemic chameleons...they are really beautiful. I saw a lot and learned a great deal...as always on a Zegrahm Expedition, Thank You!!

Selinunte, Sicily
June 18, 2012
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Stately Greek temples. Intricate Roman mosaics. Hot sulfurous lava. Cold Italian ices. A verdant green countryside dotted with yellow blossoms bursting from acacia trees. Spring in Sicily is the perfect time to sail its coastline and savor everything about it that delights the senses. Our Zegrahm voyage in 2011 gave us ten perfect days to explore this historic island.

On one of those spectacular, clear, blue-sky days, with cool breezes over the water and warm temperatures on land, we...

James Island, Galapagos Islands
July 10, 2012
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Can't say enough good things about the trip. Jack, Socratese, and Antonio were fantastic guides. They went out of their way to make our experience the best it could possibly have been. Jack and I even did a rendition of Ernie Ford's 16 Tons, though truth be told we may have enjoyed it even more than our audience! We didn't come for the food but it was outstanding, and the snorkeling was out of sight; my wife has never been comfortable snorkeling but she found her groove in the...

Watching gorillas
June 7, 2012
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Last June we joined Zegrahm for a return visit to Uganda—having lived there from 1986-1989. Since that time Dick had had two hip replacements and we knew he would NOT be able to join Betty on the trek through the hills and forests—this was their third visit to the mountain gorillas. BUT thanks to our guide, Larry Weiss, Dick was able to be carried down the steep mountain and then back up. Larry knew how much it meant for us to see the gorillas again and went out of his way to find a solution...

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