September 2009

September 02, 2009

Go "Green" for Football!

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With the start of college football this weekend, it's important to remember to go green - regardless of whether you cheer for the Crimson and White or Blue and Maze! It may take some extra planning to make your tailgating more eco-friendly, but follow these tips to help reduce your impact on our Earth.

September 08, 2009

Did You Know?

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The longest elephant tusk ever recorded measured 11 feet, 1¼ inches, and the heaviest ever recorded tusk was 230 pounds.

If  you want to photograph wild African elephants (and the rest of the famed "Big Five"), be sure to check out IE's Africa tours.

September 10, 2009

Environs Goes Greener

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International Expeditions’ 30th Anniversary issue of Environs – our nature travel guide – is now in the mail! In keeping with our longstanding commitment to doing our part for a greener world, we’ve taken steps to ensure our annual catalog is as eco-friendly as possible.

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Scientists from Oxford University, London Zoo and the Smithsonian Institution have found more than 40 previously unidentified species in Papua New Guinea! In a rainforest currently being destroyed at a rate of 3.5% each year, this volcanic crater is a lost world is populated by fanged frogs, grunting fish and tiny bear-like creatures.

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By Josh Akers of Jemison, Alabama

My Galapagos Islands tour is one vacation that I will never forget. It is a difficult task to explain to people the wonders of the unique wildlife and beautiful landscape occupying these islands.

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Researchers from the Illinois Wesleyan University and the University of California, Berkeley have recently described three new species of high-elevation frogs from Peru. These new frog species we found in the cloud forests north of the Inca fortress of Ollantaytambo, Manu National Park and the upper Marcapata valley.

Unlike most other amphibian species, these three species have no tadpoles; the eggs hatch into froglets.

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Guests on our September 18 Amazon river tour have already spotted some rarities this week during their daily excursions, including a Hawk Eagle and River Otters! Everyone at the home office hope the lucky folks aboard La Amatista have more extraordinary sightings.

Giant River Otter Facts: This South American River Otter is the world's largest - up to six feet long - and only lives in the rivers and creeks of the Amazon, Orinoco and La Plata river systems. 

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Are you an avid traveler with an iPhone? Be sure to check out iMedjet, Medjet’s new application featuring comprehensive first aid information.

With content provided by A Comprehensive Guide to Wilderness and Travel Medicine, the first-aid portion of the app draws from more than 10 years of research, experience and teaching, and even links to situational descriptions and technique illustrations.