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When booking a Kenya and Tanzania safari, there are a wealth of excellent locations to explore the endemic flora and fauna, but one of the most underrated destinations for nature travelers in East Africa is Tarangire National Park in northern Tanzania.

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The pyramids of Egypt have long captivated the world with both their mysteries and their beauty. While the nation boasts several important landmarks, few have the allure and prestige of the Great Pyramids of Giza. Before leaving Cairo for other destinations or a Nile cruise, guests in the city of Giza would never forgive themselves for missing the opportunity to explore the only surviving structure of the original Seven Wonders of the World.

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There are a handful of destinations that individuals across the globe have longed to explore, and few have the prestige and allure of the Nile River basin. A Nile cruise will allow travelers to explore some of the greatest sites of the ancient world, and after leaving bustling Cairo, a Nile journey offers ample time to see extraordinary temples and tombs.

Located on the West Bank of the storied waterway, Edfu is a cultural hub that offers all of the history and mystique that travelers have come to expect from an Egyptian excursion.

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Travelers with their hearts set on travel to Machu Picchu and Cusco will find the South American nation to be a hub of culture, art and history. While there is a plethora of attractions that vacationers will want to visit during their stay in the Incan capital of Cusco, one stop at the top of the list will have to be the historic temple of Koricancha.

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There are few destinations that truly capture the imaginations of travelers from across the globe quite like the ancient Incan city of Machu Picchu. Travel to Machu Picchu dates back to the 15th century, the ancient site is one of the biggest draws to the South American continent, and travelers looking for an excuse to actually visit the amazing site may have just found the push that they need.

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One of the key factors that attracts travelers to book Galapagos Islands cruises is the archipelago's celebrated wildlife. Indeed, the illustrious chain of islands has entranced many animal enthusiasts over the years, even inspiring the great Charles Darwin to conceive the theory of evolution. Yet while the much-vaunted theory preaches a doctrine of "survival of the fittest," scientists in the Galapagos have launched a new conservation program designed to protect many of the islands' weakest inhabitants from imported predators.

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As loggers, farmers and builders clear more and more patches of forest, the reproductive efforts of trees in the Amazon rainforest are being helped out by tambaqui, a fruit-eating species of fish.

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U.S. Fish and Wildlife officials have announced that Wisom, the oldest living wild bird known to scientists, has returned to the Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge after fears that the tsunami may have killed the 60-year-old Laysan albatross along with thousands of other sea birds. Officials believe the tsunami killed an estimated 110,000 Laysan and black-footed albatross chicks and 2,000 adults.

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Scientists have just discovered two new species of fresh water stingrays in the Amazon rainforest near the port city of Iquitos, Peru. These two stingray species both look like pancakes with noses. The two "pancake" species belong to the first new stingray genus found in the Amazon region in more than two decades. They also represent just the fourth neotropical stingray genera. In addition to their pancake-like appearance, both rays are big, have slits on their bellies and a tiny spine on their tails.

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When University President Richard Levin signed Friday’s agreement establishing future plans for the Machu Picchu artifacts in the Yale's Woodbridge Hall, it finalized a shift in Yale’s tone from one of resistance to one of cooperation. The message is one he has tried to achieve over the past decade and one that has required many rounds of negotiations; ultimately it was only possible through a newfound willingness on Yale’s part to relinquish all the artifacts.

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