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Zegrahm Expeditions Travel Resources

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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Ring-Tailed Lemurs, Lemur Island
June 10, 2015
Blog Post

After each overland adventure, our leaders send a 'welcome home' letter to our explorers, mentioning some of their journey highlights; in 2012, our expedition to Madagascar was particularly memorable! Read on for details from Lex Hes.

October, 2012

Hello all and welcome back home!

I’ve now uploaded my photographs and collated all the notes I made and I have to say—this was the best Madagascar trip yet. Quite a few new bird species for me, as well as some...

Ring-Tailed Lemurs, Lemur Island
June 9, 2015
Blog Post

The Galápagos Islands are known for their endemism—wildlife found no place else on earth has made these stunning islands their home for over hundreds of years. And, if you have already explored these gems of the Pacific, why not consider an equally enchanting destination—Madagascar, the Galápagos of the Indian Ocean. 90% of all forest flora is endemic...

Nonong the Orangutan
March 27, 2013
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On Zegrahm’s February 2013 Brunei to Bali expedition, guests had the opportunity to tour the Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Center in Sandakan, Malaysia. While there, they were able to learn about the organization’s mission and meet the resident orangutans, including a very special resident. Nonong is a 12-year-old female orangutan that suffers from cerebral malaria, which paralyzed her left hand and foot. Because of her condition, she will never be able to go back into the wild and will...

Cape Town, South Africa
June 9, 2015
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Why did I decide on the places we’ll be visiting? Well, in the late 1990s I worked on a book about South Africa’s biomes which really brought home the amazing biological diversity of this amazing country of ours. While traveling across the length and breadth of South Africa, I realized I wanted to share this diversity—but it is SO diverse that it is impossible to put everything into a single itinerary. One would have to return again and again to see it all!

Using the basis of the...

Facts About Polar Bears—Their Plight and Prospects
June 8, 2015
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Found only within the Arctic Circle, polar bears show amazing prowess in adaptability. The world’s largest land carnivore weighing upwards of 1,300 pounds, the polar bear evolved from its brethren, the grizzly, around 200,000 years ago—the blink of an eye in Darwin time. Yet science shows it didn’t take long for these amazing creatures to adapt to the Arctic’s open sea-ice environment. Below, enjoy some facts about polar bears.

Some Facts About Polar Bears

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Macaroni Penguin, South Georgia
June 8, 2015
Blog Post

Always looking dapper in their natural tuxedos, penguins are amazing little creatures. The dashing appearance of these flightless birds—evolved from sky-bound birds some 40 million years ago and found solely in the Southern Hemisphere—is quite strategic: their black backs provide camouflage to predators from above, while their white bellies blend into the water’s bright surface.

Most penguins mate for life, joining up to a thousand others in large breeding colonies. They return year...

June 8, 2015
Blog Post

A study in superlatives, the Great Migration is Africa at its biggest and best. So what IS the Great Migration? Here, the What, Where, When, Why, and How of the greatest commute on earth.

Iconic Africa

WHAT: ...

Zapata Swamp
June 1, 2015
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While the Cuban people are known for their rich musical stylings, perhaps no voice in the Caribbean island nation emits such a harmonious sound as that of the Cuban solitaire. Also known as the Cuban nightingale, this elusive, endemic bird, although rather unassuming in its dull, gray plumage, mesmerizes all who hear its melodious song, which echoes through the forest of Ciénaga de Zapata or Zapata Swamp.

The largest wetlands in Cuba, the great Zapata Swamp encompasses more than 1,...

Hippos, Zambia
June 1, 2015
Blog Post

As the Bible story goes, Israelites wandered the desert for 40 years, sustained only by manna, a food source that miraculously appeared. In that same vein, Mana Pools National Park provides life-supporting nourishment to hundreds of species that make their home in the Upper Karoo forests of northern Zimbabwe.

In actuality, the name mana is the local Shona word for “four,” as in the four large pools that lie inland from the lower Zambezi River. Over a period of...

Leopard
June 1, 2015
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Seeing a cheetah sprinting at full speed is a beautiful thing; and so is knowing that your actions helped make the scene possible.   

Sadly, though, Acinonyx jubatus—our planet’s fastest land animal—currently finds itself in a race for survival. The cheetah (which can accelerate from 0 to 64 mph in a mere three seconds) is now found in less than 25 percent of its historic African range and is considered one of the continent’s most threatened cats. 

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