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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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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...

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;...

Isla de Providencia, Colombia
January 22, 2009
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We spent our brief time in Colombia on English-speaking Isla de Providencia. Zodiacs took us ashore where we were welcomed with the sounds of island music. The birders were off first and had the great fortune to site thick-billed vireo, white crowned pigeons, and green breasted mangos. The rest of us enjoyed an island tour, visiting a small school where we presented school supplies donated by Zegrahm and our passengers. The tour continued to a lookout with stunning views of the island and...

Lion cub
November 10, 2009
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Keeping with our singular experience theme, we saw thousands of zebras on the plains of the Kalahari. This is something that I personally have never seen before because our safari regularly arrives there a month earlier than the arrival of the migration. Another new experience for me was observing elephants gathering in and around camp, as well as seeing a red hartebeest.

Mombo produced huge numbers of animals, but it was most unusual to get such a good view of the lioness...

Wild dog
March 19, 2010
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For those of you who have traveled with me before, I sincerely hope that you enjoyed seeing our little bit of Africa at a very different time of year—the Mombo and DumaTau brought back some happy memories and, of course, created new ones. The lush landscapes, the flowers, the beautiful cumulonimbus clouds contributing to some stunning sunsets, and the baby animals were all differences from a trip in the dry season.

This trip wasn’t purely a natural history trip and...

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