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Welcome to the Zegrahm Expeditions Blog! 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. You may filter this content by geographic region, by typeincluding blog post, field report (a daily recap of a past expedition with images), photo gallery, or video—or by topic. Explore your world, from our perspective.

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Jar Island, Australia
June 9, 2015
Blog Post

Shirley Campbell is a social anthropologist with a special interest in the indigenous peoples of Australia, Melanesia, and the Pacific. After growing up in California, she has widely traveled and experienced firsthand the ways in which communities form and develop distinct, yet interrelated cultures. 

The ‘Top End’ of northern Australia contains the world’...

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...

Who was Ferdinand Magellan?
October 27, 2015
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The date is September 20, 1519 and Ferdinand Magellan is a man on a mission—he’s determined to be the first to find a western sea route from Europe to the Spice Islands of Indonesia. Despite facing famine, violence, and treacherous conditions, Magellan’s quest was successful, as you are most likely aware. The discovery of the 370-mile channel made sailing from the Atlantic to the Pacific possible. But how did he do it? And who exactly was Ferdinand Magellan?

Who was Ferdinand...

Agrigento, Sicily
June 8, 2015
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The collective whisper of an olive grove’s rustling leaves at twilight, the trees seem to exhale after a day beneath the intense Mediterranean sun; soft, rolling hills, dotted with vineyards, lush and fragrant, the vines hang heavy with clusters of the patiently-ripening fruit; the crystalline waters of the sea, alive with fish and fisherman alike, each playing their age-old role in feeding the people of island. The breathtaking beauty of Sicily is reason enough to experience the area...

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
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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...

What Exactly IS the Great Migration?
June 8, 2015
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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.

WHAT: In a perpetual pilgrimage, more than two million herbivores (mainly wildebeests but also Burchell’s zebras, Thomson’s gazelles, and antelopes) make a year-long, 1,800-mile round-trip march across the plains of East Africa in pursuit of food and...

Circumnavigation of South Georgia
June 8, 2015
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“Men wanted for hazardous journey. Small wages. Bitter cold. Long months of complete darkness. Constant danger. Safe return doubtful. Honour and recognition in case of success.”

It may not be the most upbeat help-wanted ad ever written, but Sir Ernest Shackleton’s recruitment notice would nevertheless inspire a 27-man crew to sail the Endurance from South Georgia on December 5, 1914, in the hopes of being the first to cross the Antarctic continent.

The journey...

Qeqertarsuaq
June 3, 2015
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Sisimiut. Ilulissat. Kangerlussuaq. Qeqertarsuaq

Their names don’t exactly roll off the tongue; yet these coastal towns in western Greenland share a traditional Inuit culture that reaches back nearly 5,000 years, as well one of the main Eskaleut or Eskimo-Aleut languages.

According to the Alaska Native Language Center, somewhere between 4,000 and 5,000 years ago there was a common language among the Eskimo and the Aleut peoples. A few thousand years later, Eskimo speakers...

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