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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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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...

Jigokudani
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...

Carmine bee-eater
October 9, 2009
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On our small-group expedition through Botswana, we enjoyed many mammal highlights: hyenas feeding on a leopard’s kudu kill at Chitabe, a morning spent with a male and female leopard at Mombo and then the subsequent discovery of her little cubs, a lot of time spent with two male lions when they were separated and eventually found each other and walked off together. It is quality viewing such as this that makes a safari truly special. I would much rather spend the morning...

Leopard Skin
April 6, 2010
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Legadima, a Setswana word meaning “lightning,” is the name of a five-year-old adult female leopard that lives at Mombo in the Okavango Delta in northern Botswana. Guides and visitors have been watching her since she was a tiny little cub less than two weeks old. She is the subject of a documentary film and a photographic book called Eye of the Leopard, both of which document her life in intimate detail.

She recently successfully raised her first litter of cubs, two young...

Uganda: A Primate Paradise
April 9, 2010
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On day one at Bwindi, we set out in two teams to look for the gorillas. One team found the Habinyanja (H) group relatively easily, with magnificent views of the silverback and a variety of other group members. The other team set off for the Mubare (M) group and we finally reached them after 600 vertical feet of slog through incredibly steep and slippery forest. We were rewarded with an amazing hour with the five-member family group, with the young blackback at distances as close as...

Mountain Gorilla
May 20, 2010
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Flocks of migratory yellow-billed kites and black-winged pratincoles circled on thermals above, exploiting the rich bounty of flying termites, with the afternoon rounded off with a fine sighting of a leopard lounging in the upper limbs of a thorn tree. As if this was not enough, our nocturnal spotlighting turned up not one but two more leopards, along with some dapper white-tailed mongooses.

Queen Elizabeth National Park, with its game-rich, euphorbia thicket savanna and extensive...

Lioness
November 4, 2010
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Excerpt from the Welcome Home Letter written by Expedition Leader Lex Hes from our first-ever October 2010 Zambia expedition.

For me there were a few “lifers” on this trip: no less than three mammal species (oribi, Lichtenstein’s hartebeest, and sun squirrel) and four bird species (pennant-winged nightjar, Bohm’s bee-eater, sooty chat, and red-throated twinspot).

The fact that I saw two of these mammal lifers at Busanga highlights the importance of this area for...

Elephants
November 15, 2010
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Excerpt from the Welcome Home Letter written by Expedition Leader Lex Hes from our second 2010 Zambia departure.

From Kalamu, on to the mighty Zambezi River, the fourth largest in Africa. It was great to get onto the boats and skim across the water with the cool wind blowing in our faces after the heat and dust of Kalamu and then to be welcomed at camp by those two huge bull elephants standing there with the shady camp in the background.

Our first afternoon also...

Northern fur seals
August 19, 2010
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Wow! What a day! A fantastic fiery sunrise kicked off a day which involved us going ashore on tiny Tyuleniy in the Sea of Okhotsk. Approaching from the south, the island became noticeable first because it was literally carpeted wall-to-wall with mammals and birds, second because of the incredible sound, and third because of the smell of all of those creatures. We pushed our way ashore through ranks of Northern Fur Seals and spent over three hours with our senses on overload. In every...

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