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Good News of the Day:Tiger Populations Are Growing!

Good News of the Day:Tiger Populations Are Growing!
The World Wildlife Fund announced Sunday that for the first time in 100 years the numbers of endangered, wild tigers is increasing! "After a century of constant decline, global wild tiger populations are on the rise! According to the most recent data, around 3,890 tigers now exist in the wild—up from an estimated 3,200 in 2010. We can attribute this updated minimum number—compiled from national tiger surveys—to rising tiger populations in India, Russia, Nepal, and Bhutan; improved surveys; and enhanced protection of this iconic species. “This is a pivotal step in the recovery of one of the world’s most endangered and iconic species,” said Ginette Hemley, senior vice president of wildlife conservation at WWF. “Together with governments, local communities, philanthropists, and other NGOs, we’ve begun to reverse the trend in the century-long decline of tigers. But much more work and investment is needed if we are to reach our goal of...
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Argentina Reciprocity No Longer Required for US Citizens

Argentina Reciprocity No Longer Required for US Citizens
This week Obama is visiting Argentina and one of the main points of interest for negotiations between he and Argentine President, Macri, is ease of travel between Argentina and the US for their respective citizens. As a result of yesterday’s negotiations, the Argentine government has temporarily suspended the US$160 reciprocity fee it has charged US travelers entering the country since 2008. The measure, now in effect as of today, was revealed in a statement yesterday by the Foreign Affairs Ministry. According to the Argentine embassy in the US, “as from March 24, 2016, and until further notice, payment of the Reciprocity Fee will not be required from US passport holders.” You can see this new decree displayed on the Argentine Embassy of the United States website HERE. Want to plan your next adventure to Argentina? Feel free to contact me. Your friendly Argentina expert, Gretchen  
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Facts about Zika virus in Central America

Facts about Zika virus in Central America
I’m Costa Rican, and have been living in Costa Rica for 44 years. I travel to Central America and within Costa Rica multiple times each year to visit new hotels, lodges, activities being offered, etc.  I am concerned about health issues as much as any other person. None of my friends or colleagues have had Zika virus. In over 22 years working in the tourism industry and over 10 years working for Wildland Adventures I’ve never met a client with a case of mosquito-borne disease. According to the data currently available, Zika is no worse than the flu and is a potential threat only to pregnant women. Only 1 in 5 people who contract Zika show symptoms, and if they do have symptoms it is usually only a slight fever, rash, joint pain or conjunctivitis and goes away after a week. Unless I or one of my traveling companions was pregnant...
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Kermit the frog lives in the tropics!

Kermit the frog lives in the tropics!
Some of the smallest things you’ll see in Costa Rica are frogs! Because of a recent discovery, today I’m going to talk about glass frogs. These creatures are usually 2-3 centimeters in length and come in a variety of colors, but usually green. They have forward pointing eyes just like one of the better-known frogs we grew up with - Kermit from the Muppets! Here in Costa Rica we call it La Rana Rene. The latest frog discovered in Costa Rica has a remarkable resemblance to Kermit, it was named Diane's Bare-Hearted Glassfrog in honor of the senior author’s mother Janet Diane Kubicki. The three authors are Brian Kubicki, Stanley Salazar, and Robert Puschendorf. You typically find these frogs near streams holding onto leaves or branches. They lay their eggs close to the water and when tadpoles are ready to hatch they normally get washed into a stream or river...
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Ebola Update: Southern and Eastern Africa Safari Travel Unaffected

Ebola Update: Southern and Eastern Africa Safari Travel Unaffected
Updated as of March 8, 2015 Fresh updates from the CDC and World Health Organization have provided valuable insight into the diminishing Ebola epidemic in West Africa. Reports since January 2015 confirm that the spread of Eboloa has waned in West Africa and never spread into Eastern or Southern Africa.   In regards to travel to Africa, the CDC warns against travel to the affected countries in West Africa. However, for Eastern and Southern Africa, there are no restrictions or warnings (Click here to see CDC’s travel warnings) and no cases of Ebola. It’s important to consider the vast distance between the source of the outbreak in West Africa and where travelers visit for safaris in Eastern and Southern Africa. The info graphics below help put that distance and the sheer size of the African continent into perspective.    Due to the extreme distances and geographical barriers between Eastern and...
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