Wildlife & Nature
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I'm considering booking a small-group trip (probably with Exodus) to Republic of Congo next year, starting in Brazzaville and then heading up through Ouesso to Nouabale-Ndoki National Park. After a couple of days based around Mbeli Bai, the trip then goes to Mandika for a trip to spot the habituated gorillas in that area.
As far as I can tell from my research, that itinerary does seem like it should be a good trip. But I've noticed that several other companies doing wildlife trips in Republic of Congo go to Odzala National Park rather than to Nouabale-Ndoki. It seems to be a similar opportunity (wildlife spotting at the Bai) and gorilla tracking near Ngaga Camp.
Is anyone able to give me a view on which National Park is better, or what the relative strengths/weaknesses are of each? (I appreciate it's a long shot to hope that somebody's been to both, or knows a lo... more »
It is snowing large flakes -- Winter is here! 6 inches of snow is forecast for Santa Fe this weekend. All of the New Mexico (Taos, Angel Fire, Red River, Sandia) ski resorts are getting more than 12 inches of snow -- they will be opening by Thanksgiving Day.
The wind chill temperature here at 7 a.m., yesterday morning, was 10F degrees when I took my dog out for her morning run. The wind chill at 6 p.m., last night, was 18F degrees, when I again took my dog out. I bundled up in my Alaska winter clothing to fend off the cold winds.
I have been frequently replenishing my bird feeders with black oil sunflower seeds and a fresh block of suet every 3 days now that the temperatures are dropping. Yesterday morning, I spotted a White-Breasted Nuthatch gobbling up the suet. This was my first sighting of this species for this season. I never did spot the Clark's Nuthatch or Grosbeak... more »
Check my previous posting in July about Bug Museum in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Tarantulas don't spook loyal owners By Sue Manning, The Associated Press, Santa Fe New Mexican 10/24/2013.
Ken Macneil, known as "Ken the Bug Guy", has about 7,000 tarantulas at his exotic pet shop in Tucson, Arizona, which he claims is one of the largest in the country.
Ken sells almost everything from scorpions and cockroaches to ferrets, lizards, and snakes, but nothing is as popular as the tarantula. His biggest tarantula is a mature male Goliath bird-eater that measures 10 inches long from front leg to back leg. The most expensive one that Macneil has ever sold went for $900. A metallic blue tarantula is one of the most sought after, with females selling for about $400 this year; babies are $100.
Tarantulas are the heaviest, hairiest, scariest spiders on the planet. They have fangs, cl... more »
Festival of the Cranes at Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge, New Mexico, is November 19-24, 2013. http://www.festivalofthecranes.com website includes an online detailed brochure of the many activities and classes and tours offered during the Festival. There are currently 1,001 Sandhill Cranes plus Snow Geese and other waterfowl at the Refuge. There will be thousands more in November. It is a popular wintering spot alongside the Rio Grande.
The Bosque del Apache is about one hour's drive south of Albuquerque along Interstate-25, south of Socorro at the San Antonio turnoff. The website lists many accommodations in Socorro and other nearby villages in addition to RV campgrounds. The local Wal-Mart discourages overnight parking by RVers and car-campers -- from my own experience!
The Refuge is about 2 miles long parallel to Interstate-25 and the Rio Grande. It is in a prot... more »
I am wondering where the best place to see wild life, not just not particularly primates, more birds and other animals, which is not too far relatively from Australia, and also need a travel companion!
Is there a rain forest accessible from Ubud in a day trip?
Some pointers on where to see wildlife in Yellowstone National Park:
Hi last week i visited Venezuela and its really awesome place that i had ever visited with its wealth of mammals, fish, reptiles, amphibians and birds. Having cloudy forest that touches the mountains and looking wow. I never forget such a great place. So if you really interested to check out natural wealth, so please visit Venezuela once hope you will enjoy it with wow feeling.
I'm looking for a good, reliable, not too expensive and genuine non-profit organization/program that would give me the opportunity to volunteer in an animal rescue center in South America. I've done a lot of research and it feels like the more I know the less I'm convinced about where to go and with whom. I thought that people who have actually experienced volunteering abroad would be in the best position to help clearing things out. So here I am.
I'm a 22 y.o. male, biology student. Next year I will be in veterinary school, so I have some kind of gap year this winter and I want to make the most out of it. I want to spend 2-3 months (preferably in South-America since I already know basic Spanish) working with exotic animals, getting some experience and actually doing something helpful. I've already narrowed my choice to rescue centers, even though there were a lot of progr... more »
I will be travelling around south east asia in january and I wanted to do some volunteering with the elephants in chang mai for a week before I start my travels, I've been looking at companies and there all very expensive some 1000 dollars for a week I don't want to be volunteering at a place where the elephants are being ridden or working on a camp I want toI help the ones that have been saved, would any one be able to help me thankyou
I am flying to San Jose in 2 days and am planning to go to the following places:
Arenal or Chrirripo.
I am travelling with a friend from San Jose and we were not planning to get a guide. I am fairly fit and speak Spanish. I would particularly like to see mammals, birds and butterflies. I have 18 days in total. Some trips will be day trips from San Jose.
Can you give me any advice on how best to visit these places? I know in August it may be more difficult to see animals. Can you recommend canoe trips etc. that might be good to site animals?
Also if there is a park or place I have missed please let me know!
Many many thanks.
I will be working in Botswana researching elephant behaviour. I am independent of a university etc so I dont have the benefit of corporate insurance. I'm struggling to find insurance that covers for working in close proximity to 'dangerous animals' and elephants, understandably, are classed as dangerous. Can anyone recommend a company that I can have a tailored insurance with? World Nomads excludes work with dangerous animals.
New Bug Museum inside Harrell House of Natural Oddities at DeVargas Mall. Live bugs/insects and mounted bugs from worldwide. More than 2,400 mounted and preserved specimens in the Bug Museum. A goliath birdeater tarantula from Brazil, giant birdwing butterflies, and a Peruvian giant whip spider are samples of the collection by Oliver Greer.
Wade Harrell's Harrell House of science includes fossilized shark teeth, science toys, and live bugs/insects, such as a Chilean rose tarantula, African giant millipede, and vinegaroon, an arachnid that resembles a scorpion and is found in New Mexico. Tanks of live tarantulas and scorpions adorn a wall facing a glass case full of their mounted counterparts.
The Harrell House shop has become very popular and the amateur collectors are very informative and good with people, said Ellen Dickens, one of the mall administrators.
Location: De... more »
Has anyone been on a safari or some sort of wildlife trek in ethiopia and have you ever seen a lion/leopard/cheetah and which park was it in? Thank you really need help
Some of my latest water drop photography. Not my best shots but some turned out nice. I did these on my lunch break using a Canon 5D Mark II and a Canon MP-E 65mm 1x-5x macro lens.
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