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Fun Fact of the Day: Baby Elephants Suck Their Trunks! BBC wildlife contributor Kate Evans lets us in on a little known, and certainly adorable, fun fact about elephants. As in all young mammals, an elephant calf's sucking reflex is strong. And when a youngster is not feeding, it may suck its trunk for comfort, just as a human baby would suck its thumb. Newborn elephants have little control over their trunks and must learn how to use them. They practice by exploring their environment - touching fellow herd members, their surroundings and themselves. They must then master the use of their trunks for feeding. With more than 50,000 individual muscle units in the trunk, it's a complex skill to learn. This hilarious video demonstrates the struggles of mastering the trunk. Though trunk-sucking is more common in the early stages of life, elephants of all ages do it, even big old bulls, usually when they are feeling nervous or unsure!...
The distance from the rest of the world was part of the appeal Carol and Chas just returned from our newest Chile Adventure- Exploring Wild Chile: Off the Beaten Path in Patagonia with a customized cruise in the middle.  Beginning in “Chile’s Yellowstone”- Patagonia Conservation- in the Aysen Region, continuing on to explore the southern fjords on an intimate cruise and culminating amidst the stellar peaks of Torres del Paine National Park, in the south, Carol recounts her experience here: “Every part of our trip was wonderful.  We enjoyed all of the accommodations.  Hotel Castillo Rojo in Santiago was delightful, lovely staff, nice quiet neighborhood with lots to walk to (restaurants, hike up to the Santuario Imaculata Concepcion, Pablo Neruda house, etc.)  It was lovely being in the Parque Patagonia in Valle Chacabuco.  The distance from the rest of the world was part of the appeal.  It took 8 hours of driving on a dirt road to get there, rather than the 5...

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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...
Tremors For Real: Glowing Predatory Worms Found in Peruvian Amazon Its dark, the howler and capuchin monkeys are in the high branches of the canopy turning in for the night, night birds are singing their songs across the oxbow lakes, the tapirs are feasting at their clay licks and the caiman are slowly starting to come out to feed: nighttime in the Tambopata rainforest and what Jeff Cremer, wildlife photographer, was setting out to attempt to capture on film. What he did not expect, was what he found around the bend on one of the numerous jungle paths this particular evening; embedded in a dirt wall, Jeff came face to face with multiple glowing, green spots luring him in towards them-a type of larva. Never having encountered anything quite like this, he took several photos of the strange phenomenon. What exactly were these bizarre and alluring species beckoning to him in the black of night in the Amazonas? Calling in...
November: Last Chance EVER for our Wild Botswana Safari, Save $600 per person That's right! Our most popular Wildland Adventure in Botswana is coming to an end after 2014 and there only few spaces remaining on the final departures in November (11th - 20th or 24th - Dec 2nd). The semi-permanent mobile safari camps utilized in this itinerary are strategically located within exclusive wildlife concessions which have a strict occupancy limits to ensure low pressure on the wildlife and an intimate wildlife experience for guests. In 2015, these camps will be packed up and moved to make more room in the concessions for higher priced accommodations. The Wild Botswana therefore offers an incredible value for the remainder of 2014 and we're discounting it an additioanl $600 per person! Limited to 8 travelers and under the guidance of one master safari guide throughout, enjoy exclusive wildlife viewing throughout the Okavango Delta, Chobe and Linyanti.  November in Botswana provides excellent opportunities for wildlife viewing as much...
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