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Spectacled Bear Spotted in Machu Picchu Sanctuary!

Spectacled Bear Spotted in Machu Picchu Sanctuary!
We are so excited to hear that an Andean Spectacled Bear was spotted on Thursday, November 25th by a group of Italian tourists on the last day of their Inca Trail Trek. Check out the video they captured: This threatened species is the only native South American bear whose habitat extends from Panama through Argentina. It's largest population resides in the Peruvian Andes. Many of our guests traveling with Wildland Adventures to Peru have helped us make a difference for the Andean bear by supporting local research and conservation efforts.    Fun facts about the Andean Bear: • Andean bears are among the least known and most vulnerable of the eight bear species in the world.  • About the size of an American black bear, the Andean bear spends a lot of time in trees searching for fruit. • Also known as Spectacled bears, these charismatic creatures have unique markings around...
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Great News for Galapagos Conservation!

Great News for Galapagos Conservation!
We here at Wildland Adventures are thrilled to hear the news that conservationists associated with the State University of New York’s College of Environmental Science and Forestry have brought back a unique species of giant tortoise on the island of Espanola! Once thought to be extinct in the late 50s, Chelonoidis hoodensis has grown from 15 individuals to now 1000 tortoises, each of which can potentially live up to 200 years. This is a major win for the diversity of giant tortoises on the islands, and our congratulations go out to Professor James Gibbs and his team. All Wildland Adventures travelers to the Galapagos have at least one opportunity to visit tortoise breeding centers like the one responsible for this tremendous success, and our travelers’ optional contribution to the International Galapagos Tour Operators Association goes toward programs exactly like this one as well as other conservation endeavors. We invite you to...
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Rare Photos of Baby Harpy Eagle

Rare Photos of Baby Harpy Eagle
Harpy Eagles are one of the most powerful birds of prey in the world. Their talons are the size of Grizzly Bear claws and their gigantic beaks make quick work of the monkeys and sloths they hunt for food.  These massive birds of prey have a wingspan of six to seven feet and, when sitting, have the height of a five-year-old child. They are also one of the least observed raptor species in the world. Combined with diminished number due to habitant loss and human trophy hunters, Harpy Eagles don't soar to hunt, but lurk in the trees like a gigantic winged monstrosity, waiting to ambush prey in surprise. (It goes without saying that monkey and sloth nightmares are dominated by Harpy Eagles.) They also require a huge territory for hunting, with a single pair occupying between 3,000 and 7,000 hectares of forest. So for birders and wildlife enthusiasts alike, a close...
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Argentina's Perito Moreno National Park Expands with Land Donation from Conservation Land Trust

When you travel to Patagonia with Wildland Adventures, you have the opportunity to make a donation to Conservacion Patagonica, a non-profit organization headed by Kris Tompkins with the mission of "creating national parks in Patagonia, in collaboration with neighboring communities, and local, regional, and national governments." A sister trust, the Conservation Land Trust, also headed by Doug and Kris Tompkins, made history today with one of the largest land donations in Argentine history; 37,500 privately held acres given to Argentina to expand Perito Moreno National Park to include Patagonia's second-highest peak, San Lorenzo. Amazing news for climbers and conservationists alike! Read on for the full story, reprinted from Conservacion Patagonica's newsletter. "In one of the largest land donations in Argentine history, Doug and Kris Tompkins donated Estancia El Rincon to the national parks system of Argentina today, in a formal reception in Buenos Aires. In the northwest area of the Santa...
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I Have an Obsession With Ecuador

Tiny Ecuador, no larger than the state of Nevada has it all! Think of it divided into 4 distinct north/south bands: The lush rainforest and indigenous cultures of the jungle in the Oriente (east) The Andean spine is the seat of the capital city of Quito, the world-famous Otavalo Indian market, and elegant 300+ year old Spanish haciendas, reborn as boutique hotels. The western slope of the Andes is shrouded in cloud forests and cascading waterfalls, lush habitat for wild orchids and hundreds of exotic bird species. And 600 miles off shore, the Galapagos Islands continue to evolve, to educate mankind in evolution, and the sheer, stark beauty of Mother Nature at work. As Wildland Adventures Galapagos Program Director I love the fact that I not only plan trips, but I am directly involved in projects that affect positive change in our destinations. Wildland Adventures was a founding corporate member of...
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