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My Gorilla Trekking Dream

My Gorilla Trekking Dream
      As Wildland Adventures Marketing Manager one of the hardest parts of my job is reading amazing itineraries, listening to guests and staff share trip memories and looking at extraordinary photos from far off destinations all day. I know what you're thinking "Tuff life dude," but let me explain. After a long day at work all I ever do is dream about work every night, I think that should count as overtime if you ask me! One adventure that frequently appears in my dreams is our Ultimate Uganda Gorilla Adventure . As a photographer, wildlife junkie and adventurer I think gorilla trekking in Uganda would be a true life changing experience. It has all the ingredients for an epic adventure: an exotic destination off the beaten path, unbelievable wildlife experiences and plenty of diverse landscapes. Even the accommodations on this trip blow my mind, a mixture of 5 different lodges, camps...
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The Calm Eye of the Middle East

The Calm Eye of the Middle East
  Our Wildland Adventures Jordan tour group hikes into the back side of Petra  early in the morning before hardly any other day tourists can manage the hundreds of steps up from the main entrance. Arriving to Petra on the ancient trail by foot is spectacular!  Happy Holidays, Wildland friends and family! I hope you all had a great Thanksgiving and survived the various Black Friday/Local Saturday/Cyber Monday events. I must confess to being slightly out of the loop, having just returned from Wildland Adventures’ inaugural departure of our Bedouin Trek to Petra ! I was fortunate enough to join 6 of our most intrepid travelers as well as Wildland president, Kurt Kutay, on the 6 day, 50-mile journey from the Dana Biosphere Reserve south to the “back door” of Petra, entering the site at the awe inspiring Monastery. Timing is everything. We arrive early to the Monastery, spend the entire...
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12 Miles of Paradise

12 Miles of Paradise
Guest Author Brad Nahill I’ve done a lot of jungle hiking but never at night and never at this pace. We moved quickly through the rainforest, hurrying to the beach at the end of the trail, in the hopes of arriving in time to put a satellite transmitter on a black turtle currently on the beach. The rumble of far-off thunder faded into the sound of crashing waves as we crested a hill near the end of the trail. Our destination was Brasilon Beach, within the La Flor Wildlife Refuge in the southwestern corner of Nicaragua . This beach is one of several turtle nesting beaches along this stretch of coast protected by Paso Pacifico , an innovative young conservation organization. Paso Pacifico focuses on protecting the “Paso del Istmo”, an incredibly beautiful 12-mile stretch of land between Lake Nicaragua and the Pacific Ocean. I had arrived to this incredible corner of Nicaragua...
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Can Africa Style Wildlife Tourism be Brought to India?

Can Africa Style Wildlife Tourism be Brought to India?
Guest Blog by Amit Sankhala   Around the world when we talk about wildlife tourism, the first instinct of any traveler is – ‘Let’s go to Africa. They have the Big 5’. Although, when we compare mammals, India has the big 5 and more – Lion, Elephant, Buffalo, Rhinoceros and the Leopard. In addition to these African Big 5, we have the Royal Bengal Tiger, which alone stands as the most attractive of all. We have all seen the news in the last few weeks, criticizing wildlife tourism in India. Are we that unregulated? And is the argument – ‘this is not Africa’, allow us to ignore the African models? In my book, no. I have been to Africa a few times, they have great models that allow humans and animals to coexist. But unlike Africa, India has rainforest, deserts and savanna land. There isn’t one guideline for national park’s or conservancies...
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Tiger Tourism Ban Lifted

Tiger Tourism Ban Lifted
  First off I wanted to share some Tiger facts before we got down to business about the Tiger tourism ban. Tigers can reach up to 11ft and are the heaviest cats in the wild weighing up to 660lbs!!! Three of the nine subspecies of the modern tiger are now extinct and the remaining six are all classified as endangered species. India is home to approximately half of the world’s tiger population, with an estimated 1,700 in the country. The current range of the tiger is only 7% of what it used to be, which brings us into our discussion about the Tiger tourism ban. On July 24, the Supreme Court banned tourists from the core areas of parks where tigers are believed to breed and hunt. They passed an interim order disallowing tourism to Tiger reserves until another direction to further question the manner in which the country protected areas...
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