March 08, 2012

Senegal's Joal-Fadiouth

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The coastal community of Joal-Fadiouth gives nature enthusiasts, architecture buffs, historians and cultural observers alike an interesting source of observation.

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The snow leopard is one of the most elusive cats in the world, but camera traps recently managed to capture them on film in the mountains near the India-Pakistan border. The Indian branch of World Wildlife Fund (WWF) set up infrared cameras throughout the remote regions of the Kargil mountains just outside the Kashmir territory, according to The Associated Press. While this area has long been a hot spot for international conflict, it has been home to snow leopards for far longer.

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Researchers are constantly discovering previously unknown species, and sometimes these species have been extinct for millions of years. A team of scientists from the Florida Museum of Natural History and the University of Florida recently uncovered and identified two of the oldest species of ancient camels in Panama, Aguascalietia panamaensis and Aguascalietia minuta.

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Many different species of birds are monogamous — they may change partners over the course of their lives, but they're typically faithful. However, according to a new study by researchers from the National Evolutionary Synthesis Center and Columbia University, some birds are prone to infidelity and even "divorce." In fact, the scientist observed a connection between instances of birds being unfaithful to one another and severe weather fluctuations.

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International Expeditions guests Bill and Pam Daws just returned from our February Guyana tour, and were kind enough to share their favorite experiences. Nature travel often brings with it the unexpected, and Mr. and Mrs. Daws share what it is like when tour plans don’t go 100% according to plan.

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On your next Patagonia tour keep an eye out for the rufous-tailed hawk. The birds, which were first discovered by Charles Darwin on his famous voyage aboard the Beagle, have a variety of coloration in their bodies, but they all have rust-colored tails, often with black horizontal stripes. Official estimates place the entire population of this unique bird at less than 1,000.

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Nature travel is such an exciting venture because you get the chance to see wildlife around the world, and Madagascar may well be the next place you want to visit. You should probably pack a magnifying glass and a flashlight if you want a chance to see the newest discovery on the African island.

February 23, 2012

Marshland Birds of the Amazon

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Travelers on Amazon River cruises will see thousands of beautiful colors that make up this neotropic ecozone. While those splendid sights are what many come to experience in South America, the shades of black and white may be just as interesting.

While cruising on smaller excursion boats upriver toward the confluence of the Ucayali and Maronon Rivers, travelers are likely to see black-capped donacobis and white-headed marsh-tyrant.

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Nepal, high up in the Himalayan mountains, is an isolated region, and as such there are many species of animals unique to the area. Those considering a Nepal travel package will want to include the Suklaphanta Wildlife Preserve as a nature travel destination. This reserve is home to one of the largest herds of barasingha, or swamp deer, in the world.

February 21, 2012

Dining in Dakar, Senegal

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The flavor of Dakar’s culture is rich and colorful, and the nation's food selections are no different. Just as the West African and European cultures come alive in the city's architecture and way of life, the two cultures come together over a meal to provide a one of a kind dining opportunity during your Senegal tour.

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