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Tanzania is an ideal destination for animal lovers and nature travel enthusiasts, as there are plenty of wild beasts roaming the lands. If you want to scout out a herd of elephants, International Expeditions’ Kenya and Tanzania Safaris could be just the ticket to making your dream a reality. However, these majestic African creatures are threatened by poachers, and their numbers have been dropping dramatically in recent years.

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While most people on a custom Kenya safari are there for a chance to spot the “Big Five” – lion, elephant, buffalo, rhino and leopard – birders are flocking to Kenya’s Lake Nakuru National Park for something a little smaller. The park boasts nearly 500 species of winged wildlife!

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While most wildlife enthusiasts are already familiar with chimpanzees and gorillas, a West Africa cruise along The Gambia allows visitors to become acquainted with a more unique type of primate — red colobus monkeys.

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International Expeditions’ Borneo tour is ideal for those fascinated by the natural world. One of the world's oldest rainforests is located on this Pacific island, and World Wildlife Fund reports that there are at least 100 endemic species of mammals, birds and fish that call Borneo home, including the extremely rare Miller's grizzled langurs.

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One of the best parts about Amazon River cruises is the ability to experience the river while acting as a part of it. Cruising upstream during an Amazon River tour, guests aboard the Aquamarina discover the wealth of wildlife both on and off-shore — like gray and pink river dolphins.

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The western black rhinoceros was declared extinct by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) after it updated its Red List, a comprehensive database of threatened, vulnerable, endangered and extinct species.

The annual update lists more threatened species than ever before, and states that 25 percent of the world's mammals are at risk of extinction. In addition to the Western black rhino, a subspecies of white rhino in central Africa is also considered "possibly extinct."

January 31, 2012

Mud Cloth Culture in Mali

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It’s no secret that one of the most rewarding aspects of travel is delving into the local culture. This is especially true in Mali and other parts of West Africa, which has kingdoms and civilizations dating back centuries.

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There are hundreds of sights to see on International Expeditions’ new Turkey and Greece cruise, but nothing can happen without sustenance. Luckily, Turkey boasts one of the world's richest, most diverse and delicious cuisines.

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While a Madagascar tour is a great nature travel experience, there are other things to see and do there as well, and checking out some of the man-made sites can mix things up on a trip to the African island. In the heart of the oldest part of Madagascar's capital city, Antananarivo, there is a royal palace complex, called Rova.

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Nestled in the Aegean Sea along with its other Dodecanese archipelago counterparts, Lindos, on the island of Rhodes, tends to outshine the other islands of Greece with its beauty and cultural significance.

Lindos is situated on the Northern side of Rhodes with buildings that are formed along a steep cliff formation. Among them is what is possibly one of the most important buildings in Greek history - the Lindos acropolis. According to Business Today Egypt, this acropolis is the only one left other than its counterpart in Athens.

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