Wildlife

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Eco-travel has been allowing vacationers to explore the world in search of natural beauty and unspoiled wilderness for years, and though some travelers have their heart set on scenic vistas and natural formations, others are searching to commune with some of the native wildlife in these distant regions. If rare and exotic animals are at the top of your "must-see" list, then an Amazon River cruise will be right up your alley.

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Although not officially endangered, the Java pond heron still finds sanctuary in Petulu, Bali. The heron sanctuary also allows incredible ornithological observation for bird lovers on International Expeditions' nature travel journey to Bali and Komodo.

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Travelers on Amazon River cruises don't need to listen closely to hear the low, rumbling growl of red howler monkeys. Aptly named, these primates, native to Central and South America, can be heard up to three miles away.

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Hundreds of bird species are attracted to the dense tropical forests of Trinidad. But these avian creatures aren't the only ones flocking to the Caribbean island — birders are also drawn to the area, seeking out the spectacular and rare species that live there.

August 03, 2011

Amazon River Birding List

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Are you an avid birder? Guests on our Amazon River cruise have discovered this journey is a "MUST" for any nature enthusiast! Accompanied by our seasoned naturalist guides, a recent departure compiled this impressive list of species. Be sure to click here for the full species list.

 

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Far beyond the city limits of sparkling Rio de Janeiro lie some of Brazil's most spectacular gems for those seeking genuine nature travel. The striking yellow breast and beak of the saffron toucanet is one such wonder, and can be found in Iguazu National Park (pictured) on a Pantanal expedition.

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Birders have long explored the Amazon River and its tributaries, as theses waterways are home to a diverse collection of avian species, many of which are rarely glimpsed outside of the region.

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The Sambas stream toad, also known as the Bornean rainbow toad, as spent years on the Conservation International list of “Most Wanted Lost Frogs,” and many feared this colorful species was extinct. In fact, it had been so long since scientists had spotted these spindly legged creatures — 1924 was the last known sighting — that only illustrations of the toads existed. That was until June 13, 2011, when scientists spotted three Bornean rainbow toads on a night search in the remote Sarawak region.

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Once thought to be a cross between a camel and a leopard, the giraffe is now a commonly recognized animal in its own right. However, spotting one on a Kenya and Tanzania safari is still a treat for nature enthusiasts.

The giraffe is the tallest living animal, measuring as high as 20 feet. Their long necks allow them to reach into trees to maintain their herbivorous diet, and their legs — usually measuring about six feet high — allow them to run at speeds of 35 miles per hour at a gallop.

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