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Travelers on International Expeditions’ Kenya and Tanzania safaris should keep one eye on the ground to catch a glimpse of the dwarf mongoose. This species of mongoose is the smallest in Africa, and one of the few types that travel in groups. Each group is led by a matriarch, and this female is the only member of the family allowed to breed.

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Everyone knows that Cuban cigars are hailed as the best in the world. But what is it about them that sets them apart from smokes that originate from other countries? The answer lies within the long and fascinating history of Cuban cigars, which visitors partaking in people-to-people Cuba travel can experience firsthand.

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August 16 marks “National Rum Day,” and to celebrate we’re sharing the history and recipe for the popular Cuba Libre.

The Cuba Libre (Spanish for "Free Cuba") originated around 1900 in Havana during the Spanish-American War. Patriots aiding Cuba often toasted the West Indian Island and its freedom with this rum, cola and lime cocktail. Of course, there are variations calling for cherry cola, dashes of Caribbean hot sauce or even adding higher-proof rum – called a Cuban Missile Crisis.

The recipe is easy.

Cuba Libre Drink Recipe:

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The animals found in Africa are often unlike any other creatures in the world, and this goes for birds as well as mammals. The grey crowned crane is a shining example of distinct African birds, as its unusual features make it stand out in the African wetlands and the minds of travelers who see and hear the bird in action.

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Can unmanned vehicles help speed up archaeological digs? That is the hope of Vanderbilt archaeologist Steven Werne and engineering professor Julie A. Adams. They have developed a product called SUAVe - for Semi-autonomous Unmanned Aerial Vehicle. Pronounced "SWAH-vey," this revolutionary product aims to greatly reduce the time it takes to create a three-dimensional model of a site versus using current technology. As in 10-15 minutes compared to two to three entire field seasons faster!

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The island of Bali in the south Pacific is considered to be one of the best places to relax in the world. While sitting on the beach and working on your tan can be a great way to spend the day, more active travelers are going to want to get out and explore at some point. Fortunately, Bali is also home to many snorkeling spots with plenty of aquatic life for you to see.

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A guest on our recent People-to-People Cuba program wrote a dozen poems about his experience and graciously agreed to share them—all are accounts of Cuba seen through the eyes of birds. James Blackburn's poetry includes stars of Cuba's endemic bird species: the Cuban trogon, the limkin, the Cuban tody and the smooth-billed ani.

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Every four years, the International Union for Conservation of Nature evaluates the status of animal species and determines if they belong on the Red List of Threatened Species, and the latest list has many conservationists worried. The number of bird species on the Red List jumped from 1,253 to 1,331 and the majority of the newly added species are found in the Amazon, specifically in the Brazilian Amazon Basin where the new Forest Code loosens protections on the Amazon.

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Although the country of Nicaragua may not be as high-profile as its neighbors in Latin America, this land boasts some of the most diverse wildlife on the planet, making it an animal lover's paradise. If you're looking for a country where you can glimpse sea turtles on the beach one minute and spot monkeys in the jungle the next, Nicaragua is the place for you.

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