Wild Planet Adventures

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Wildlife Adventures for Wildlife Lovers

Wild Planet Adventures was established in 1991 with a passion for nature travel and its power to transform lives. Today its wildlife eco-tours are widely recognized as the ultimate adventures for wildlife lovers.

The Non-tour Tour

Every aspect of each small group adventure tour in Costa Rica, Belize, Panama, Peru, Galapagos, Thailand, Laos, Baja and India is expressly designed for the serious wildlife and nature enthusiast. Itineraries are hand-crafted by the experts to deliver far beyond what’s expected in terms of service, value and privileged access to the most exotic wildlife found on Earth. Destinations are off-the-beaten-path and carefully selected. Outings more resemble a gathering of like-minded friends than a commercial tour. Activities and wildlife encounters are kept flexible and open to spontaneity.  With Wild Planet Adventures you can count on up-close encounters with wildlife in their natural habitat.

Transformational Travel

A Wild Planet wildlife tour may just transform you forever. Imagine cuddling a three-toed sloth in the Costa Rican rainforest, paddling the Amazon River headwaters in Peru to witness the spectacle of hundreds of macaws at a clay lick, glimpsing a female jaguar nuzzling its newborn young, or snorkeling with playful sea lions in the Galapagos. These are life’s defining moments. They inspire, exhilarate, and provide perspective. They remind us that we are a part of nature. They remind us that life is as beautiful as it is precious.

Why Do So Many People Choose Wild Planet Adventures?

Simply put; access, value and success in sighting targeted wildlife! Every Ultimate Wildlife eco-tours is designed to increase the odds of wildlife sightings with carefully researched and chosen destinations, expert naturalist guides (with the addition of biologists on many trips) and special nocturnal wildlife activities. Consider what sets Wild Planet Adventures apart from the pack…

  • Value-packed Itineraries—Emphasizing bird & wildlife viewing in remote, untraveled locations
  • Low Environmental Impact—You will journey lightly beyond the well-publicized routes
  • Educational—Learn wildlife viewing secrets, natural history, habitat, & more
  • Small Groups (6-10 avg.)—For a more personal connection with your expert naturalist guides
  • Flexible Activities—Daily options to accommodate different skill levels & interests
  • Safari-style Paddling— Choose from a naturalist-guided raft, inflatable kayak or hard-shell kayak during river days. More eyes spread out on the river increases your chances of encountering wildlife
  • Unique Rainforest Lodges & Tropical Tree Houses—Selected for optimal bird & wildlife viewing opportunities

The Wild Planet Philosophy

In the words of founder Josh Cohen, “Since 1991 we have shared many intimate encounters with wildlife that have left us, and our guests, breathless with wonder. These experiences remain with us all through our lives to inspire, exhilarate and enlighten. They are a constant reminder that life is very special. We offer a range of tours for individual and group travel, including our signature “Ultimate Wildlife” eco-tour for each country we visit. These specially designed itineraries are full of “once-in-a-lifetime” wildlife encounters, rich with meaning and wonder. A single moment can leave you profoundly and forever changed:

  • Witness an alpha-male monkey kissing a newborn baby on the forehead
  • Cuddle a three-toed sloth in your arms
  • Wander the cloud forest in search of the Resplendent Quetzal
  • Float silently down the headwaters of the Amazon River past an elusive jaguar
  • Dance underwater with playful Galapagos sea lions and penguins

Distinctive Accommodations

Wild Planet Adventures specializes in small, one-of-a-kind rainforest lodges, many of which have been featured on the Discovery Channel and top travel magazines. They include exciting tropical tree houses, working biological stations, and wildlife refuges that offer breathtaking accommodations and outstanding wildlife viewing opportunities, sometimes right off the front porch.

Expert Guides

Your guide is your gateway to the world of the rainforest; you’ll laugh; you’ll cry; and you’ll learn things under the careful tutelage of a caring guide. Wild Planet’s field leaders are naturalists, biologists, and renowned experts in their prospective fields, such as the legendary Costa Rican master guide Koky Porras, who has helped train many of Monteverde’s world-class guides.

The World’s Top Wildlife Viewing Opportunities

Each year Wild Planet’s clients see rare wildlife that other travelers never see. Clients have seen highly elusive animals such as jaguar, jaguarundi, margay, ocelot, tapir, tigers, leopards, civits, flying fox and much more. There have been successful Resplendent Quetzal sightings on nearly every Costa Rica Ultimate Wildlife trip run. And you will see more monkeys and sloth by your second day there than most travelers do in a week. Do you love primates? Then join the Peru Ultimate Wildlife eco-tour where you can see 13 species in the most biologically diverse area of the Amazon. Whatever destination you choose, you will find a wide variety of activities all designed to increase the odds of seeing more wildlife, especially rare and endangered species. Wild Planet takes years to find the best places, most knowledgeable guides, culturally relevant activities and unique ways to see wildlife in each destination.

Value

Quality itineraries have been the centerpiece of Wild Planet Adventures since inception in 1991. Each Wild Planet adventure offers extraordinary value that is uncommon in conventional tours found in today’s marketplace. For example, the company’s 14 day Costa Rica Ultimate Wildlife eco-tour features:

  • Over 7 distinct destinations (not counting arrival/departure in San Jose)
  • Over 8 National Parks and Wildlife Preserves
  • Over 13 paid activity admissions – twice that of most tours
  • No pre-packaged commercial tours run by lodges
  • No “free-days” requiring additional activities at extra cost (but enough free time to enjoy your vacation at a relaxed pace.)
  • Plus Wild Planet’s signature service, naturalist guides and award-winning lodges and all meals

Certified Carbon Neutral

All of Wild Planet Adventures’ trips are certified Carbon-Free by CarbonFund. A donation will be made to offset the carbon footprint of each guest’s flight, vehicle travel, operating carbon impact of the accommodations, and the carbon costs of the resources consumed on your trip.

Current Wild Planet Adventures Destinations Include:

Recent Media Awards and Kudos:

2010 - World’s 50 Best Tours / Trips of a Lifetime: National Geographic Traveler, for India

2009 - World’s 50 Best Tours / Trips of a Lifetime: National Geographic Traveler, for Thailand

2009 - Best New Trips: National Geographic Adventure, for India

2008 - Best Adventure Travel Companies on Earth: National Geographic Adventure

2008 - World’s 50 Best Tours / Trips of a Lifetime: National Geographic Traveler for Panama-Coiba Island Diving

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Wild Planet Adventures Announces New 2017 Season of Award-Winning Wildlife Eco-Tours and Safaris With Special Post-Election Discount

SAUSALITO, CA, Nov. 21, 2016 – Nothing rejuvenates and expands one’s perspective like international travel. For over 25 years Wild Planet Adventures (http://www.wildplanetadventures.com/) has introduced inquisitive travelers to the planet’s most fascinating and exotic species of wildlife through its award-winning nature tours.

For the 2017 season, Wild Planet has expanded their line-up of eco-tours and safaris that cater to wildlife lovers by offering exclusive activities to see rare animals, remote and non-commercial destinations, special arrangements for silent approach, top naturalist and biologist guides, interactions with animals and wildlife experts, and responsible safaris emphasizing sustainability and conservation. Their itineraries focus on special arrangements that give access to the widest possible spectrum of wildlife in their natural habitat–including rare and endangered species.

New and recently enhanced wildlife adventures for 2017 include:

1). New: Panama’s legendary Darién Gap– Wild Planet has added a climactic new segment to their Panama Ultimate Wildlife eco-tour.  After wildlife viewing in the Panama Canal zone, visiting the Chiriqui cloudforest and snorkeling famed Bocas del Toro, travelers will end their trip at an exciting new African-style safari tented camp in theDarién Gap, the least explored and most biodiverse spot in Central America. Here, in typical Wild Planet style, special activities have been arranged not otherwise available at the lodge, to see the area’s most distinctive wildlife – including rare and elusive Harpy Eagles. See: http://www.wildplanetadventures.com/destinations/?country=panama&trip=ultimate-wildlife-13-day-eco-tour-panama.

2). Insider’s Africa: Meerkats, Gorillas & Africa’s “Rare 5”– Wild Planet has extended their special 25th Anniversary trip for another year.  This safari combines South Africa’s virtually unknown “Green Kalahari” with Chimpanzee and Gorilla trekking in Uganda featuring an unprecedented four hours mingling with gorillas (all other permits are just for one hour.) The South Africa segment features meerkats, black and white rhinos, cheetahs, and an exceptional opportunity to view some of Africa’s most rare animals including pangolin (scaly anteater), aardvark, aardwolf and more which are normally nocturnal but in the Green Kalahari they forage during the day from May to October. Then in Uganda Wild Planet includes researcher-led safaris for chimps, the Big 5, and a full day researcher-led Mountain Gorilla Trek featuring Wild Planet’s special four-hour permit. See: http://www.wildplanetadventures.com/destinations/?country=south-africa&trip=insiders-africa-meerkats-gorillas-africa-s-rare-5.

3). Costa Rica Ultimate Wildlife Eco-tour– The most comprehensive wildlife-focused eco-tour available in Costa Rica now includes an unmatched nine national parks and wildlife refuges in 14 days (or six or seven parks in the 9-day or 10-day itinerary options, respectively.) This year Wild Planet has added Mirador El Silencio Wildlife Reserve, a private reserve known for its exceptional mammal population and breathtaking views of the still active Arenal Volcano.

As a “post-election” incentive to travel abroad, Wild Planet Adventures is offering a rare 10% discount up to a $529/person savings on their Dec 17 or Dec 26 Costa Rica Ultimate Wildlife eco-tours only, if booked by Nov. 28. This 10% off offer is good for new bookings only on the 9-day, 10-day or 14-day versions. This is the first time in Wild Planet’s history that they are offering a discount on Christmas trips and space is limited at these rates so travelers are urged to act quickly.  See: http://www.wildplanetadventures.com/destinations/?country=costa-rica&trip=ultimate-wildlife-14-day-eco-tour-costa-rica

4). Hidden Thailand Wildlife Eco-Tour– Its been nearly 10 years since Wild Planet became the first international tour operator to offer wildlife safaris in both Thailand’s Kaeng Krachan National Park and Klong Seang Wildlife Sanctuary, which are the two best parks in the country for wildlife viewing. Today, Wild Planet Adventures remains the only US operator offering authentic wildlife expeditions into both wildlife hot-spots. The parks are bookended by a cultural segment in Chiang Mai featuring an eco-responsible elephant camp, and an island resort segment at the end of the trip. New for 2017 is an option for Ko Madsum island, a non-commercial private island with only one high-end resort and nothing else but pristine beach and coral teeming with tropical fish.  See: http://www.wildplanetadventures.com/destinations/?country=thailand&trip=hidden-thailand-14-day-eco-tour

5). New Web-Only Wildlife Adventures to Australia, Madagascar, Antarctica, Norway and the Great Migration in Tanzania – In 2017 Wild Planet will be rolling out new web-only wildlife eco-tours and safaris every three months, starting in January 2017. In the spirit of Wild Planet’s wildlife focus these new destinations will include the most comprehensive wildlife itineraries possible in such prime destinations as Madagascar, Australia, Tanzania (for the Great Migration), Norway and Antarctica. Wildlife travelers are asked to check www.WildPlanetAdventures.com regularly for details surrounding these new destinations and trips.

For detailed itineraries, breathtaking wildlife photos and video galleries and booking information for pre-set and custom tours worldwide, visit http://www.wildplanetadventures.com/, call 1-800-990-4376 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

About Wild Planet Adventures

Recently, Wild Planet Adventures received its fifth “Worlds’ 50 Best Trips” award from the editors of National Geographic Traveler for its “On the Jaguar’s Trail; from the Pantanal to the Amazon” wildlife safari in Brazil. Previous National Geographic Traveler awards went to Wild Planet’s Thailand, Costa Rica, India, Panama wildlife eco-tours and its ultimate African safari in Zambia. Wild Planet Adventures is also recognized by other top travel publications for its wildlife-focused itineraries in Africa, Borneo, Brazil, Costa Rica, Galapagos, India, Laos, Nepal, Panama, Peru, Thailand and Zambia.

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Plan Now for Christmas Vacation Avoid the Crowds and Commercialism with Five Custom Exclusive Wildlife Adventures Ideal for Multi-Generational Families

SAUSALITO, CA, July 20, 2016 – The holiday season should be a time of joy and togetherness – not stress. For extended, multi-generational families, planning a vacation can be a daunting task, especially if the holidays are the only time everyone can get together. Advance planning is a must. Thanks to Wild Planet Adventures, a world leader in wildlife travel, that process can be hassle-free and enjoyable.

First priority is finding an off-the-beaten path destination and itinerary that captivates your teens, delights your spouse, satisfies your cautious siblings, and wouldn’t be too demanding for the grandparents. The wildlife experts at Wild Planet offer five flexibly designed, fully customizable family-focused trips that accomplish those goals.

“Wildlife viewing is exciting and utilizes a wide variety of soft adventure activities, yet the pace is naturally slow, or else you’d scare the animals away,” says Josh Cohen, Director of Wild Planet Adventures (http://www.wildplanetadventures.com/). “Every aspect of a custom trip can be flexibly designed to accommodate people of all ages and abilities – without holding back the more adventurous, or tiring out those who prefer a slower pace.  And many of our wildlife itineraries end at the beach, offering an ideal mix to satisfy a multitude of personalities.”

Below are Wild Planet’s Top Five trips for multi-generational families seeking an authentic, non-commercial vacation escape over the year-end holidays. Each is fully customizable and exclusive, however, the use of smaller boutique, rainforest & safari lodges rather than large international corporate hotels means space is very limited, so now is the best time to book your trip.

Costa Rica Ultimate Wildlife Eco-Tour: Costa Rica’s myriad of ecosystems include lowland rainforests on both Caribbean and Pacific coasts, cloudforests on top of the continental divide, whitewater and flat-water rivers, volcanoes, hot springs, beaches, and more. These vastly different ecosystems are in close proximity to each other, making travel easy, yet each destination lends itself to different adventure activities and is home to different exotic animals. For children with shorter attention spans, that means something new and exciting each day.  

While Costa Rica is home to 9% of the world’s biodiversity it also boasts world class beaches –where monkeys come right down to the sand. An itinerary that reveals as many eco-systems as possible, in a comfortable, relaxed pace and then ends at a beach is ideal. Options can include multiple guides that allow activities to be operated at a choice of different paces to suit different abilities, and a choice of lodges ranging from mid-priced to ultra-luxe to suit different budgets.  Named one of Fodor’s Top 10 “must-do” trips, Wild Planet’s Costa Rica “Ultimate Wildlife” eco-tour is their signature family-focused trip, ideal for ages 8-80. Nearly everything can be customized for multi-generational families.  See: http://www.wildplanetadventures.com/destinations/?country=costa-rica

Hidden Thailand Wildlife Eco-Tour:  A perennial family favorite. Stay in a floating Aqua-Lodge surrounded by 3,000 ft. tall karst cliffs. Safari by long-tail boat and kayak to see wildlife such as gibbons, langurs and clouded leopards. Safari by jeep and foot in Kaeng Krachan, Thailand's largest and least visited National Park. Search for breathtaking sunbirds in Doi Inthanon cloudforest, track wild elephants in Pa La-U and enjoy the culture of Chiang Mai, including Buddhist temples, hill tribes, night-bazaars and an eco-responsible elephant camp. Snorkel the clear turquoise waters of Ko Tarutao archipelago and relax on its world-renown beaches. The more adventurous can stay in exciting tree-houses accessible by zip-lines. This fully customizable itinerary is for kids age 8 to 80 with 12-14 days suggested. See: http://www.wildplanetadventures.com/destinations/?country=thailand

Zambia Ultimate Wildlife Safari: Zambia is one of Africa's least crowded and most wildlife-rich destinations. Families can easily see the "Big 5" (Lion, Leopard, Elephant, Rhino and Cape Buffalo) without being part of an armada of jeeps chasing wildlife. It's home to the second largest wildebeest migration in Africa. But one of the most exciting advantages of Zambia is that it is one of the only places in Africa where you can combine a traditional jeep safari with more intimate and unique walking and canoeing safaris, which allows multi-generational families to cater to a wider variety of adventure sensibilities, activity levels and ages. Family safari choices include flexibly designed options for walking, jeep, canoe safaris and Victoria Falls. Activities are suitable for children, adults and grandparents. Zambia’s luxury camps offer outstanding accommodations and amenities that are sure to delight even the most discriminating traveler. See: http://www.wildplanetadventures.com/destinations/?country=zambia

Borneo “Weird & Wonderful Wildlife” Eco-Tour:  Wild Planet Adventures has combined several unusual and remote eco-systems with exclusive activities, fun environmental education and high-end local naturalist guides to create what many believe to be the finest possible wildlife experience currently available in Borneo. Encounters with orangutans, proboscis monkeys, and pygmy elephants, plus special expeditions to see Borneo's endemic flying & gliding mammals and reptiles, as well as special nocturnal expeditions to see tarsiers and slow loris - two of the world's smallest and cutest primates – are all Wild Planet Adventures exclusives. Visit an Orangutan sanctuary, then track wild Orangutans in their natural habitat throughout the trip. A combination of rainforest hiking and eco-responsible river cruises in electric boats allows guests to get up close to the Orangutans, and also offer prime sightings of many of Borneo's most exciting wildlife, including Bornean gibbons, pygmy elephants, bearded pigs, flying lemurs, flying fox, marble cats and more. Then relax in a tropical island water bungalow on stilts over the turquoise waters of the Celebes Sea (one of the top fivemkjjjm dive & snorkel sites in the world) to climax the trip. See: http://www.wildplanetadventures.com/destinations/?country=borneo&trip=weird-wonderful-wildlife-12-day-borneo

India “Leopards, Tigers & Palaces” Ultimate Wildlife Safari: Ideal for families with teens, India offers not just a typical vacation, but an opportunity to expand perspective, appreciate our blessings, and inspire meaningful contribution, all while tracking tigers, leopards, rhinos, wild elephants, barking deer, Hoolock gibbons, langurs, macaques, pythons, sarus cranes and more. Wild Planet Adventures has one of the best track records in the industry for tiger encounters, with over a 95% probability of a sighting on every trip. Cultural options include the forts, palaces and ancient observatory of Jaipur (the “blue city”) Jodhpur (the pink city), the magnificent Taj Mahal in Agra, and the spiritual centers of Varanasi and Kajuraho. See: http://www.wildplanetadventures.com/destinations/?country=india

For detailed itineraries, breathtaking wildlife photos and video galleries and booking information for pre-set and custom tours worldwide, visit http://www.wildplanetadventures.com/, call 1-800-990-4376 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

About Wild Planet Adventures

Recently, Wild Planet Adventures received its fifth “Worlds’ 50 Best Trips” award from the editors of National Geographic Traveler for its “On the Jaguar’s Trail; from the Pantanal to the Amazon” wildlife safari in Brazil. Previous National Geographic Traveler awards went to Wild Planet’s Thailand, Costa Rica, India, Panama wildlife eco-tours and its ultimate African safari in Zambia. Wild Planet Adventures is also recognized by other top travel publications for its wildlife-focused itineraries in Africa, Borneo, Brazil, Costa Rica, Galapagos, India, Laos, Nepal, Panama, Peru, Thailand and Zambia.

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Five ‘World Best’ Exotic Wildlife Viewing Opportunities And Why Summer and Fall are Prime Times to Travel

SAUSALITO, CA, June 28, 2016 -Wildlife tour expert Wild Planet Adventures (http://www.wildplanetadventures.com/) underscores that when you travel abroad to encounter Earth’s most exotic wild creatures is as important as the destination itself.

Backed by over 25 years of experience, Wild Planet Adventures incorporates their destination-specific wildlife knowledge into all of its tours to take into account increased viewing opportunities created by local fruiting seasons; peak activity at natural mineral licks, reappearance of watering holes; regional migrations and local weather patterns and climate changes.

Josh Cohen, founder of Wild Planet Adventures, offers his insights as to the when and why wildlife lovers should travel abroad to maximize opportunities for close encounters, particularly of the rare and elusive kind.

South Africa and Uganda – The Trip: Insider’s Africa: Meerkats, Gorillas and the “Rare 5”

When to Go? Now through October

Why? This is the time that rare nocturnal animals forage during daylight hours creating opportunities for viewing that don’t exist during the rest of the year. In addition, an exclusive four-hour Gorilla trekking permit has been granted to Wild Planet for unprecedented access and opportunities.

From May to October some of Africa’s rarest nocturnal animals forage during the day in the virtually unknown “Green Kalahari”, a savannah south of the better known Kalahari Desert in South Africa. These include rare pangolin (scaly anteater), aardvark and aardwolf, along with two habituated colonies of meerkats and large populations of cheetah, rhino and black-maned lions (Africa’s largest).

Wild Planet Adventures four-hour permit to view Mountain Gorillas in Uganda is an exclusive.  Permits issued to other tour companies are for just one hour. Safaris for chimpanzees, tree-climbing lions and the “Big 5” in Queen Elizabeth National Park, mating and courtship rituals of the Kob antelope, and encounters with banded mongoose (cousins of the meerkats) round out the experience. 12-day trips start at $9,998/person. See: http://www.wildplanetadventures.com/destinations/?country=south-africa&trip=insiders-africa-meerkats-gorillas-africa-s-rare-5

Asia – The Trip: Borneo’s Weird & Wonderful Wildlife

When to Go? August through October

Why? It is fruiting season when animals are most visible, including Orangutans, proboscis monkeys, gibbons, tarsiers, slow loris, pygmy elephants and more.

Technically Borneo has no distinct seasons, although there are minor fluctuations in rainfall at different times of year, on different sides of the island.  However, there is a distinct fruiting season from late summer into fall. At this time animals are more active as they forage for fruit and conflicts are common as several species vie for the most prolific trees.  Wild Planet averages seeing 11 of the 13 primate species on each trip, often up close and for extended periods of time. Between 10-20 wild orangutans are also seen on a typical trip. Pygmy elephants, tiny tarsiers, slow loris, and Borneo’s famous “gliders” – flying lemurs, flying fox, flying squirrel, gliding Draco lizards and gliding frogs are also viewed on special expeditions. Included in the tour is Sipadan Island, one of the “Top 5” snorkel and dive sites in the world, and Maliau Basin, the famous “Lost World” of Borneo, a remote circular basin just recently discovered in the 1990’s. 12-day and 16-day options start at $6,498/person. See: http://www.wildplanetadventures.com/destinations/?country=borneo

Peru– The Trip: Amazon & Machu Picchu

When to Go? August through October

Why? There is peak activity at world’s largest macaw & parrot clay lick.

Tambopata Reserve is home to the world's largest macaw and parrot clay licks where one can see up to 1,000 birds at a time representing five species of macaws and 15 species of parrots and parakeets during the peak activity months of August into October.  It is truly one of nature’s greatest events as the sky is covered with flocks of colorful squawking birds. Nearby is Manu Biosphere Reserve, the number one park in the world for biodiversity, visited by less than 3,500 visitors each year. Guided excursions include floating a rainforest river in search of jaguar and over a dozen primate species including the pygmy marmoset, the world's smallest primate. Combined with Machu Picchu, Cusco and the Sacred Valley, where crowds drop off after the summer months, it is a great time to visit Peru. 9-day and 13 day options start at $3,998/person. See: http://www.wildplanetadventures.com/destinations/?country=peru

Brazil – The Trip: On the Jaguar’s Trail: Pantanal & Amazon

When to Go? Now through October

Why? It’s peak viewing time for Jaguars in the Pantanal

Far away from the mayhem of this summer’s Olympics, the Pantanal hosts the largest concentration of jaguars in the world. From July into October Wild Planet Adventures averages 1.5 jaguar sightings per day.  During this time it gets increasingly hotter and normal watering holes dry up, forcing the jaguars to hunt caiman on the riverbanks where they are most visible by boat. Hyacinth macaws, giant anteater and an Amazon primate program round out Wild Planet’s tour, available in 11-day and 15-day formats starting at $5,498/person.  See: http://www.wildplanetadventures.com/destinations/?country=brazil

India– The Trip: Leopards, Tigers & Palaces

When to Go? November into April

Why? Wild tiger populations are on the rise and rhino poaching has decreased.  The parks re-open immediately after the monsoons in November, and tigers, used to empty habitat for months, are at their most visible.

In April of this year, the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) announced officially that wild tiger numbers were on the rise for the first time in over a century. Wild Planet Adventures combines visits to Kanha (the best national park in India for tigers) and Kaziranga NP (a UNESCO World Heritage Site which includes 2,000 rhinos, wild elephants, tigers and more. The first travelers in November benefit from the end of the monsoon season when tigers are most visible. 13-day and 19-day safaris start at $4,998/person.  http://www.wildplanetadventures.com/destinations/?country=india

For detailed itineraries, breathtaking wildlife photos and video galleries and booking information for tours worldwide, visit http://www.wildplanetadventures.com/, call 1-800-990-4376 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

About Wild Planet Adventures

Recently, Wild Planet Adventures received its fifth “Worlds’ 50 Best Trips” award from the editors of National Geographic Traveler for its “On the Jaguar’s Trail; from the Pantanal to the Amazon” wildlife safari in Brazil. Previous National Geographic Traveler awards went to Wild Planet’s Thailand, Costa Rica, India, Panama wildlife eco-tours and its ultimate African safari in Zambia. Wild Planet Adventures is also recognized by other top travel publications for its wildlife-focused itineraries in Africa, Borneo, Brazil, Costa Rica, Galapagos, India, Laos, Nepal, Panama, Peru, Thailand and Zambia.

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An Exclusive Family Wildlife Adventure in Costa Rica That Inspires Kids to Follow Their Dreams

SAUSALITO, CA, May 12, 2016 -It is one thing to see a sloth at a zoo or rescue center, but how many kids can boast seeing more than a dozen along with multiple troops of wild monkeys during a jungle hike on just the second day of their vacation? Such an experience can inspire a child to eventually become a biologist, start a green business, or just live his or her life more respectful of nature and connected to the wonders of life. 

This is the magic behind Wild Planet Adventure’s award-winning Costa Rica Ultimate Wildlife Eco-Tour which features prime-time family-focused departures in July and December. “This adventure,” explains company founder Josh Cohen, “is specifically intended to inspire young minds and expose them to astonishing natural wonders and thought provoking adventure, while surrounded by passionate, enthusiastic guides and field scientists who are making a difference in the world by following their dreams.”

The 9-, 10.5- and 14-day itineraries, crafted by Cohen have been designed to, “put families in front of more wildlife than any other eco-tour offered today.”  Days include expert-led wildlife excursions in up to eight national parks and wildlife reserves, cloud forest canopy bridges and zip-lines, whitewater rafting, wildlife-spotting float trips, smoking volcanoes, bubbling hot-springs, sun swept beaches on both coasts, a sloth rescue program, scarlet macaw migration, hands-on learning at a wildlife rescue center, sea-kayaking with dolphins, snorkeling at night in the bioluminescence, night hikes for nocturnal animals and much more.

As Cohen explains it, “Wild Planet’s activities are expressly designed to create lasting impact on the entire family. We want to inspire kids of all ages to reach for their dreams and expand their horizons.  This consciousness is self-evident in every aspect of our Costa Rica Ultimate Wildlife itinerary.”

Included is a specially arranged experience at La Selva Biological Reserve. La Selva is the largest field station of the Organization for Tropical Studies, where 64 universities from all over the world offer graduate and undergraduate courses in tropical rainforest biology. La Selva hosts approximately 300 scientists and 100 university courses every year. Wild Planet has negotiated a special program here where guests hike the trails of La Selva’s private reserve with biologist guides with the opportunity to interact with researchers and even peek into the labs, conditions permitting.

Cohen likes to recall the time, when on a recent trip, a 13 year-old traveler was completely enthralled upon meeting a biologist who was researching how female red and blue poison arrow frogs return after a year to a site where they previously laid their eggs. Learning how the frogs are able to remember the exact location of oviposition in the dense rain forest and even identify their own offspring out of thousands of young frogs impacted that child far more than any textbook could.

Young travelers are also treated to Wild Planet’s special Sloth Rescue program where they can interact with animals, scientific researchers and wildlife experts. There is also a special hands-on “voluntourism” segment at a wildlife rescue center, complete with feeding.

Authentic, in-depth and non-commercial excursions into Costa Rica’s parks and reserves are led by Wild Planet’s gifted naturalist guides, over 90% of whom are trained biologists. Itineraries are specifically designed to take full advantage of the extreme biodiversity Costa Rica has to offer. Strategically comprehensive, itineraries include both lowland and mid-elevation rainforests on both coasts, cloud forests on top of the continental divide, gallery forests surrounding the rivers, volcanoes, hot springs and both northern and southern climes, all while while maintaining a comfortable pace.

“Such diversity is nearly impossible to arrange on one’s own,” explains Cohen, “as it requires precision execution in order to arrive at certain destinations at just the perfect moment.”  An example of this is a visit to Carara National Park when the group arrives at the ideal time to see the evening migration of scarlet macaws returning from the coastal mangroves. Cohen believes that the wide variety of eco-systems they visit is one of the key reasons his “Ultimate Wildlife” eco-tour can boast significantly higher wildlife sighting statistics than conventional tours.

This trip is designed for kids as young as eight and features distinctive accommodations, meals, transportation, activities, park admissions, and top naturalist guides in an all inclusive price starting at $3,398/person for a 9-day version or $4,998 for the full 14-day itinerary.  A 10½ day version is also offered starting at $3,898/person. Group size is limited to 12 due to the special wildlife focus, except for private departures upon special request. See: http://www.wildplanetadventures.com/destinations/?country=costa-rica

There’s still time to take advantage of special family departures June 25, July 16, 21 and 30 as well as Christmas family departures December 17, 24, 26 and 31.  Wild Planet strongly suggests booking as early as possible for best airfares.

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About Wild Planet Adventures

Recently, Wild Planet Adventures received its fifth “Worlds’ 50 Best Trips” award from the editors of National Geographic Traveler for its “On the Jaguar’s Trail; from the Pantanal to the Amazon” wildlife safari in Brazil. Previous National Geographic Traveler awards went to Wild Planet’s Thailand, Costa Rica, India, Panama wildlife eco-tours and its ultimate African safari in Zambia. Wild Planet Adventures is also recognized by other top travel publications for its wildlife-focused itineraries in Africa, Borneo, Brazil, Costa Rica, Galapagos, India, Laos, Nepal, Panama, Peru, Thailand and Zambia.

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Unprecedented 4-Hour Gorilla Trek Permit Granted to Wild Planet Adventures

Observing Recently Discovered Gorilla Troop in Uganda A Highlight of New Insider’s Africa Safari 

SAUSALITO, CA, Apr. 6, 2016– If quality time spent with exotic wildlife is the goal, one African safari just got four times better with Wild Planet Adventures’ recent acquisition of a rare four hour Gorilla Habituation Permit in Uganda.

Gorilla trekking is the most sought-after African safari after a classic “Big 5” safari according to Wild Planet Adventures’ founder and director Josh Cohen (http://www.wildplanetadventures.com/). “There are less than 800 Mountain Gorillas left in the world with more than 60% living in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest in Uganda. The vast majority of Gorilla safaris include only standard permits, which allow a mere one hour to spend with the gorillas once your guides have located them.  One hour is hardly enough time to get much more than a glimpse of the Gorillas, and it’s completely inadequate for most wildlife lovers who dream of having an up-close gorilla encounter reminiscent of Dian Fossey in ‘Gorillas in the Mist’.” 

Thanks to the company’s reputation and connections, for the first time ever travelers now have the opportunity to spend an unprecedented four hours with the Gorillas – four times the time allowed on any other gorilla safari. This VIP experience is included in Wild Planet Adventures’ special 25th anniversary safari Insiders Africa: Meerkats, Gorillas and Africa’s Rare 5

Guests will spend half a day observing these majestic primates – including silverbacks. This is not just a short glimpse, there’s enough time to see them wake up, hunt, patrol, play, fight, copulate, nurture their young and build their nests. Guides will point out some of the intricate ways they communicate with each other during these activities. 

This never-before-available gorilla trek from Wild Planet Adventures is led by experienced scientific researchers. Participants will actually be contributing to the careful habituation of a recently discovered Gorilla troop.  This habituation process is critical in order for Gorillas to get used to human presence without abandoning their natural behaviors, losing important survival skills, or becoming reliant upon humans for food.

As Cohen points out, “while it might be seen as advantageous if humans simply refrain from contact with Gorillas and avoid the need for such a habituation process, statistically that has proven to be more advantageous for poachers and deadly for Gorillas. A major advantage of a researcher-led safari is both the access to the four hour permit as well as the extremely high level of knowledge and expertise that the researchers have, allowing for a safe and rewarding encounter with one of the rarest animals on earth.”

Uganda is also an ideal safari destination because it also offers a wider variety of wildlife encounters (including the Big 5) than a classic safari in Eastern Africa. Long known as the “Pearl of Africa”, it is home to the world’s oldest rainforests, glacier capped mountains, roaring whitewater rivers, sparkling crater lakes, classic grassy plains, savannahs and wetlands. Its lush geography includes the Western Rift Valley, the Nile River (the longest in the world), Bwindi – the Impenetrable Forest, Lake Victoria, the legendary Rwenzori range – the Mountains of the Moon and the Ituri Forest. This incredible array of diverse eco-systems allows travelers to see some of the world’s rarest animals all in one trip.

In addition to the Mountain Gorillas, travelers will also join researcher teams for a full day Chimpanzee habituation safari and nighttime walking safari in Kibale National Park (home to over 12 primate species), enjoy safaris for tree-climbing lions and the “Big 5” in Queen Elizabeth National Park and visit the famous “Mountains of the Moon.”Another highlight is observing the intricate courtship and mating rituals of the stunning Kob antelope, and the playful antics of a colony of banded mongoose, cousins of the meerkats.

Wild Planet Adventures offers two ways to experience Mountain Gorillas in depth with their rare four hour habituation permit. Wild Planet’s 25th anniversary Insider’s Africa safari combines the seven day Uganda segment with a five day South Africa safari in the virtually unknown “green Kalahari”, an area south of the better-known Kalahari Desert that receives more rain. Here travelers will encounter habituated colonies of meerkats, along with Africa’s “Rare 5” including pangolin (scaly anteater), aardvark and aardwolf. The area is also prized for its sizeable populations of cheetah, rhinos, black-maned lions and more. The per person double rate for the 12-Day safari starts at $9,998. See: http://www.wildplanetadventures.com/destinations/?country=south-africa&trip=insiders-africa-meerkats-gorillas-africa-s-rare-5

For those who prefer just the Uganda segment, that is also available as a stand-alone 8 day safari featuring the four hour gorilla encounter. Per person rates start at $6,498. See: Uganda Ultimate Gorilla & Chimp Safari: http://www.wildplanetadventures.com/destinations/?country=uganda&trip=ultimate-gorilla-chimp-safari

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In April 2014 Wild Planet Adventures received its fifth “Worlds’ 50 Best Trips” award from the editors of National Geographic Traveler for its “On the Jaguar’s Trail; from the Pantanal to the Amazon” wildlife safari in Brazil. Previous National Geographic Traveler awards went to Wild Planet’s Thailand, India, Panama wildlife eco-tours and its ultimate African safari in Zambia. Wild Planet Adventures is also recognized by other top travel publications for its wildlife-focused itineraries in Africa, Borneo, Brazil, Costa Rica, Galapagos, India, Laos, Nepal, Panama, Peru, Thailand and Zambia.

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The Hidden Wildlife Impact of Commercial Tourism – Some Sustainable Solutions.

Case Studies - The Problem and the Solution

Brazil:  Jaguars in the Pantanal

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The bottom Line: Demand from budget tourists eager to see jaguars in the wild at low cost has pressured local operators to stoop to unsustainable practices such as baiting, radio collaring, and multiple boat viewing in order to compete with each other for the self-drive tourist traffic arriving from the single Transpantaria road. Travelers looking for these deals contribute to the long-term habituation of jaguars, who become so used to human presence that they exhibit behaviors more reflective of a zoo than the wild.

Sustainable Alternative: Visit the Taiama Reserve, not easily accessed by budget do-it-yourself travelers. Use a tour operator with a record of sustainability and biologist guides with strict protocols designed to protect jaguars from becoming habituated. Consider using an international tour operator whose participation in sustainability and ecological initiatives will require them to hold local ground operators to higher standards.

The Details: The region centered around Puerto Joffre in the Northern Pantanal has the highest density of Jaguars in the world. A Mexican photographer recently spent 80 days in the region and documented 101 sightings of 40 different cats, which affirms our own average of 1.5 jaguar sightings per day. The jaguars often hunt caiman by the riverside and are visible by boat, which are typically 14 foot aluminum craft with 10 hp outboards. The majority of tourists are lured to the area by these exciting statistics, and the relative east of access since Porto Joffre is at the end of the Transpanteria road, which, until recently, was accessible by any tourist willing to rent a vehicle. (Vehicle rentals are now restricted as a direct result of this problem.) 

This wealth of jaguar tourism traffic in turn influenced many unregulated local tour operators to utilize various unsustainable practices. A quick Google search will reveal operators who have been accused of baiting jaguars, operating illegal camps inside national parks, collaring jaguars (so they can be found by tourists), and the use of radios so guides can notify each other when a jaguar is sighted. Unfortunately, these practices result in many boats rushing to surround a jaguar, harassing it and habituating it to human presence. The long term impact of this habituation is the loss of authentic "wild" behavior which is replaced by more "tame" bored behavior, that inevitably results in more conflict with humans, which has already happened in the Porto Joffre area.

Ultimately, mass tourism practices could turn the Pantanal into a version of the San Diego Wild Animal Park unless travelers are educated in the value of paying more to preserve not just the wildlife but to assure authentic wild behavior is maintained through limited interaction and sustainable eco-tourism practices. Wild Planet Adventures' practices of scouting alternative destinations (such as Taiama Ecological Preserve, several hours away from Porto Joffre) banning the use of radios, using highly trained biologist guides with strict viewing protocols, 1 boat limit, and time limits for viewing, require investing in extensive scouting and quality-control expeditions but assures that carefully managed jaguar tourism can exist without succumbing to compromised and unsustainable mass-tourism viewing practices and still sustain a high volume of quality sightings.

Because Taiama Ecological Reserve is inaccessible from the Transpanteria road without the involvement of specially arranged transportation, the masses of budget tourists are not likely to be able to influence local operators to compete in unsustainable ways, and the involvement of a US eco-tour operator with sustainable guidelines further assures this. 

In September of 2011, Josh Cohen, Director of Wild Planet Adventures, visited the region to conduct extensive research about jaguar tourism.  Since the majority of commercial tourism traffic is limited by the need to arrive via the Transpanteria road, Josh avoided this area and instead concentrated his efforts on an area several hours west of the Transpanteria, around the 11,200 hectare Taiama Ecological Station, which requires more extensive logistics to access than budget travelers are prepared to invest, thus avoiding the issues around the Puerto Joffre area which are more susceptible to the pressures of mass tourism. The Taiama Ecological Station is a federally protected area; it is not open to the public and no tour operator is permitted to take tourists onto the reserve itself. But since the reserve sits on an island in the middle of the river, it is possible to circumnavigate the reserve (an 8-10 hour boat ride) in search of the elusive jaguar. 

By utilizing biologist guides with strict sustainable protocols, Wild Planet Adventures has been able to average about 1.5 jaguar sightings a day in this area, with one key difference: whereas many of the jaguars around Puerto Joffre were so habituated to human presence (from having many boats crowd around them) they exhibited behaviors close to boredom, the jaguars around Taiama were alert, active, and exhibiting more authentic behaviors indicative of wild animals in their natural habitat.

 

Costa Rica river trips

Related Wild Planet Adventures Tour:

http://www.wildplanetadventures.com/destinations/?country=costa-rica&trip=every-paddler-s-dream-trip

The Bottom Line:

No country is reeling from the impact of mass tourism more than Costa Rica.  The changes in the last 2-3 years are astounding:  There are now high-rise buildings in Jaco and other former small beach towns; litter and water pollution has put overwhelming pressure on infrastructure to the point where plastic water bottles clog protected national parks during the rainy season and water must be trucked into Manuel Antonio to meet tourist demand. Over 500 houses have been built on the Osa peninsula, in what used to be the most remote area of the country. This land, instead of being passed on to younger generations, has been sold to foreigners and generated intense resentment amongst the younger generation.

Rivers such as the Pacuare, the Reventazon, the Corobici, and a few others have been so heavily promoted in guidebooks and user review websites, that there can be upwards of 1,000 people a week rafting them. With that many people floating down the river, most of the wildlife has been scared away or is habituated by human presence, so local companies have resorted to employing showy guides who can do tricks in play-boats to entertain the increasing volume of tourists. What used to be a a remote and pristine experience has now turned into a version of an American theme park. It’s no wonder that local resentment of travelers, previously non-existent, has exploded in the last several years.  As a one-time traveler, these issues may not concern you. But in the long run it poses a threat to Costa Rica’s tourism industry. 

What you can do:  Avoid heavily traveled rivers like the ones mentioned above and instead choose remote rivers such as the Rio Tres Amigos, Rio Puerto Viejo and Rio Sarapiqui. Bring your own steel water bottle and choose an operator like Wild Planet Adventures who provides 5-gallon refillable jugs of free pure water for you to fill up your own water bottle throughout your trip. Allocate enough time to travel beyond the boundaries of the continental divide and its “golden triangle” of heavily traveled destinations (La Fortuna, Jaco/Manuel Antonio, Tortuguero).  Don’t purchase hardwood souvenirs, especially those made with purple-heart wood. Consider avoiding large internationally-owned commercial beach resorts and instead visit a wide variety of eco-systems on a tour that supports small, locally owned lodges and exposes you to the biodiversity of Costa Rica that is its national heritage. Don’t purchase land that was formerly family-owned heritage land.

 

India:  Tigers, Leopards and Rhinos

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http://www.wildplanetadventures.com/destinations/?country=india&trip=ultimate-wildlife-safari-19-day-leopards-tigers-palaces-india

The Bottom Line:

With less than 1700 tigers left in the wild, the few national parks – mostly in India-where tigers can still be seen are facing unprecedented pressure from tourism. While the dollars generated by this tourism are definitely having a positive effect on tiger conservation, it’s not a perfect solution.  Most travelers to India makes at least one stop for a tiger safari, but tigers aren’t the only animals in need of conservation; habitat and poaching issues have had serious effect on the population of Indian rhinos and leopards.

In some parts of Africa, Rhino poaching has decimated the local population so severely that 2 armed guards are assigned as 24 hour protection for each live Rhino. Leopard populations in the desert are equally at risk, mostly from local shepherds trying to protect their vulnerable sheep. Eco-tourism has proven to be one of the most promising antidotes, with increasing numbers of travelers who are willing to travel great distances to see rare wildlife in order to contribute to protection and conservation. Travelers who are willing to spend days tracking tigers in the wild with the hope of merely catching a glimpse of one are becoming equally wiling to visit other national parks without the expectation of seeing large volume of animals, but knowing they are contributing to something meaningful.

A great example of this is the leopard conservation project spearheaded by Wild Planet Adventures in the remote village of Siana. Wild Planet Adventures is a founding member of the Siana Nature Conservation Society. This organization functions to protect a small local population of leopards deep in the Rajasthan desert while substantially improving the lives of locals. Siana is a village populated mostly by shepherds and sheep. Previous to the existence of our Siana Nature Conservation Society, the shepherds would kill leopards as a way of defending their sheep. Initially we formed a fund to compensate shepherds every time a sheep was killed by a leopard.  But the small population of leopards could not have been responsible for the numbers of dead sheep that were being attributed to them. So the SNCS commissioned a study which revealed that hoof and mouth disease killed 30 times more sheep than leopards did.  We subsequently offered to fund a vaccination program with our eco-tourism dollars in exchange for protecting the leopards. In addition, we co-created an agreement with the local community to provide both services and authentic cultural interaction for our clients, while preserving the endangered population of leopards.

What you can do:Support Project Tiger and visit a tiger park such as Kanha or Bandhavharh when you visit India. In addition, consider visiting lesser known destinations such as Siana (for leopards) Kaziranga (for Rhinos) and Satpura (where a major effort is underway to create a more sustainable tourism infrastructure, and which allows for both walking safaris and boat safaris, similar to Zambia in Africa.)

 

Thailand Coral

Related Wild Planet Adventures Tour:

http://www.wildplanetadventures.com/destinations/?country=thailand&trip=hidden-thailand-14-day-eco-tour

The Bottom Line:

Up until 2010, the effects of global warming and plastics pollution affected 10% to 15% of the world’s coral which began to die annually. A small amount of this dead coral was sometimes repopulated by nearby healthy coral. This ended in 2010 when a massive coral die-off (Google: coral die-off) made headlines as the worst ever, affecting some 80%-90% of the coral reefs in the hardest-hit areas of Southeast Asia. But the culprit isn’t just global warming.

The volume of plastics in the ocean has reached critical mass in many areas. Tiny bits of non-biodegradable plastic prevent coral from filtering nutrients and have infiltrated every part of the food chain from plankton to predator.  While the Great Pacific Garbage Gyre has made headlines, its only one of 5 such gyres on the planet, which together with increased ocean temperatures have already changed our oceans irreversibly. Its no wonder that there are over 400 documented “Dead Zones” in the world’s oceans, affecting not just Southeast Asia – the largest dead zones cover the entire east and south coast of the United States as well as areas just off the coast of Oregon and Washington.

What you can do:

Learn: Watch “The Story of Stuff” by Annie Leonard http://www.storyofstuff.org/  and “Home” from the Home Project, by  Yann Arthus-Bertrand:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jqxENMKaeCU&feature=watch-now-button&wide=1

Read “Hot, Flat & Crowded” by Thomas Friedman.

Make a commitment: Never use plastic bags at a grocery store - even if you forget to bring your own reusable bags. Purchase beverages in cans and bottles and avoid plastic bottles altogether. Refuse to purchase products with excessive packaging, and write the manufacturer to let them know why. Purchase a stainless steel tiffen container like the ones manufactured by To-Go Ware and leave them in your car so you never forget them when you’re ordering food at a restaurant to go. If you eat out 3 times a week the packaging you’ll save in one year will fill an entire house, instead of finding its way back into the world’s oceans. http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_1?url=search-alias%3Dgarden&field-keywords=tiffin

And snorkel the world’s corals while you still can.

Ask Wild Planet Adventures about other ways you can contribute to wildlife preservation and habitat restoration on your vacation, and in your everyday life.

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Wild Planet Adventures Celebrates its 25th Anniversary With an African Safari Exclusive - Insiders Africa: Meerkats, Gorillas & Africa's Rare 5

SAUSALITO, CA, Feb. 4, 2016– Creatures in the wild don’t magically appear at a safari guide’s whim. But it certainly looks that way for one company that specializes in safaris that require a high level of wildlife expertise, often seeking rare animals and conducted in non-commercial destinations.

Wild Planet Adventures has spent 25 years honing techniques to observe some of the world’s rarest animals in their native habitats. They make special arrangements for exclusive site access and feature exclusive activities that allow silent approach to animals. They bring together scientific researchers and biologist guides to take advantage of wildlife migrations, seasonal courtship, nesting and peak activity times for up-close encounters in virtually unknown destinations.

2016 marks Wild Planet’s 25th anniversary, and Director Josh Cohen wanted to create a special anniversary trip that would highlight Wild Planet’s wildlife expertise with their most ambitious wildlife experience ever.

“For our 25th anniversary we wanted to offer a very special safari that would thrill both new and experienced wildlife lovers with access to some of the rarest animals in Africa, a safari packed with unprecedented wildlife opportunities such as the ability to spend four hours with mountain gorillas (most permits only allow one hour). This one-of-a-kind 25th Anniversary safari is our new Insider’s Africa: Meerkats, Gorillas, and Africa’s ‘Rare 5

This 12-day safari combines South Africa and Uganda; a convenient grouping since South Africa is often a required stop en-route to Uganda. The trip begins in a remote and non-commercial area of South Africa known as the “Green Kalahari.” This virtually unknown savannah lies south of the better-known Kalahari Desert and features dependable rainfall that supports some of Africa’s rarest animals along with rhinos, zebra and giraffe. The “Green Kalahari” is a prized area to track big cats such as cheetah and black-maned lions (Africa’s largest). But what drew Wild Planet to this little-known destination is an unusual phenomenon; from May to Septembersome of Africa’s rarest nocturnal animals forage during the day instead of night, making it the best place to enjoy close encounters with members of Africa’s “Rare 5”- pangolin, (scaly anteater), aardvark and aardwolf. There are also 2 colonies of habituated meerkats, allowing for exceptionally up-close encounters of one of the world’s most popular and adorable creatures. This is just the kind of specialized wildlife expertise that Wild Planet is known for.

On Day 5 guests depart South Africa for Uganda to enjoy unprecedented access to one of the rarest animals on the planet, the mountain gorilla. Uganda is home to the highest concentrations of primates on earth, and the majestic gorillas are amongst the most coveted of all wildlife encounters.Only 840 mountain gorillas remain, of which at least 60% are in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. Here, in typical Wild Planet Adventures’ style, special arrangements allow its guests to spendfour times the amount of time that is normally allowed in close contact with mountain gorillas.  This extended viewing time allows travelers to intimately experience the gorilla family as they wake up, hunt, patrol, play, fight, copulate, and breastfeed.

“It took some effort to secure the longer gorilla permit,” said Josh Cohen, Wild Planet Adventures founder (http://www.wildplanetadventures.com/). “We have arranged for an exclusive, unprecedented four-hour, researcher-guided permit which allows us more intimate time spent with the gorillas than any other safari operating today. Travelers will also join researcher teams for a full day Chimpanzee habituation safari and nighttime walking safari in Kibale National Park (home to over 12 species of primates), enjoy safaris for tree-climbing lions and the “Big 5” in Queen Elizabeth National Park and visit the famous “Mountains of the Moon.” The final highlights are the intricate courtship and mating rituals of the stunning Kob antelope, and a colony of adorable banded mongoose, cousins of the meerkats.”  

This is an ideal second safari to Africa for travelers who have already seen the Big 5, even though the trip also includes those must-see animals. So it's a perfect celebration of Wild Planet’s wildlife expertise for their 25th anniversary.

The per person double rate starts at $9,998. Guests fly by private plane from Johannesburg or Cape Town to Tswalu Kalahari, a private, sustainably operated luxury game reserve. On Day 5 guests transfer by plane to Entebbe, Uganda. Both mid-range and upscale accommodation options are available for the Uganda segment. 2016 Departures are May 16, June 26, July 19, Aug. 21, Sept. 17 (11-day trip) and Oct. 11, 2016, and private departures are also available on custom dates. For information visit http://www.wildplanetadventures.com/destinations/?country=south-africa&trip=insiders-africa-meerkats-gorillas-africa-s-rare-5

About Wild Planet Adventures

In April 2014 Wild Planet Adventures received its fifth “Worlds’ 50 Best Trips” award from the editors of National Geographic Traveler for its “On the Jaguar’s Trail; from the Pantanal to the Amazon” wildlife safari in Brazil. Previous National Geographic Traveler awards went to Wild Planet’s Thailand, India, Panama wildlife eco-tours and its ultimate African safari in Zambia. Wild Planet Adventures is also recognized by other top travel publications for its wildlife-focused itineraries in Africa, Borneo, Brazil, Costa Rica, Galapagos, India, Laos, Nepal, Panama, Peru, Thailand and Zambia.

Wild Planet’s 25th Anniversary season is packed with more of its signature wildlife features than ever. Its carbon-neutral safaris emphasize conservation and sustainability. Their expert wildlife guides go the extra mile to increase the chance of wildlife sightings and rare animals in destinations not often accessible to the general public. The company’s comprehensive itineraries balance diverse and complex wildlife habitats with key cultural experiences, allowing travelers the most comprehensive wildlife safaris possible in each destination.

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Wild Planet Adventures Celebrates 25 Years of Wildlife Travel - Introduces New Trips to See Rare Animals, Exotic Destinations, And Exclusive Wildlife-Viewing Opportunities

SAUSALITO, CA, Jan. 14, 2016– Renowned wildlife travel expert Wild Planet Adventures (http://www.wildplanetadventures.com/) celebrates 25 years of presenting award-winning wildlife eco-tours with a line-up of new safaris to observe rare and exotic animals in some of the world’s most isolated and remote locations.

Winner of multiple awards from National Geographic for its trips to Thailand, India, Brazil, Panama and Zambia, Wild Planet’s 25th Anniversary season, according to Director Josh Cohen, “is packed with more of our signature wildlife features than ever before.” These include exclusive site access, specially arranged activities to see rare animals, focus on remote and non-commercial destinations, special arrangements for silent, undetected approach and observation, naturalist and biologist guides with advanced tracking skills, interactions with animals and wildlife experts, and responsible carbon-neutral safaris that emphasize sustainability and conservation.

Highlights of this special 25th Anniversary season include:

The world’s first wildlife expeditions into Maliau Basin, the famous “Lost World” of Borneo: The 12-day and new 16-day Borneo Weird & Wonderful Wildlife eco-tour averages seeing 11 of Borneo’s 13 primate species in the wild, including orang-utans (usually seen only in rescue centers), as well as Bornean gibbons, and rare tarsiers and slow loris, two of the world’s smallest and cutest primates. The Borneo trip is rounded out by visits to Selingan (Turtle) Island and snorkeling or SCUBA diving on Sipadan, one of the world’s top five dive destinations. See: http://www.wildplanetadventures.com/destinations/?country=borneo&trip=weird-wonderful-wildlife-16-day-borneo

Insider’s Africa: Meerkats, Gorillas, and Africa’s ‘Rare 5’: A combination of South Africa’s virtually unknown “Green Kalahari” with Uganda’s most in-depth gorilla trek.  The trip starts in South Africa’s virtually unknown “Green Kalahari”, which lies south of the better-known Kalahari Desert. This savannah receive more rain than the northern desert and is home to thriving protected populations of adorable meerkats, rare rhinos, cheetah and black-maned lions (Africa’s largest). But the region is even more prized for opportunities to see rare pangolin (scaly anteater), aardvark and aardwolf, which are normally nocturnal but forage during the day here from May to September, making it the best place in Africa to see them.  The trip then continues in Uganda with researcher-led safaris for chimpanzees, tree-climbing lions, the “Big 5”, and a full day gorilla trek featuring four hours with the gorillas – the most time of any tour operator. (Standard permits are limited to one hour.) The trip is capped with a visit to see the stunning Kob antelope’s intricate courtship and mating rituals, and a colony of adorable banded mongoose, cousins of the meerkats. See: http://www.wildplanetadventures.com/destinations/?country=uganda&trip=insiders-africa-meerkats-gorillas-africa-s-rare-5

The world’s most comprehensive Antarctic cruise to South Georgia Island and the Faulklands: This 19-day cruise is the most comprehensive wildlife cruise available in the Antarctic. Wild Planet’s experienced team of 14 Antarctic experts has 30 years of Antarctic Expedition Cruise experience, allowing them to include up to 14 landings over eight landing days—twice to four times the number of landings of any other Antarctic cruise. Passengers will be able to observe and photograph special wildlife behaviors seldom seen in the polar wildlife paradise of South Georgia Island, one of the densest wildlife spectacles found anywhere in the world. On this cruise, which is limited to only 100 passengers, everyone can be on shore together rather than taking shifts as required for vessels with more passengers. The tour leaders include world-renowned naturalists, wildlife photographers, historians and polar ecology specialists who share their expertise through on-board lectures, workshops, guided excursions and causal interactions on the deck and at the dinner table. See: http://www.wildplanetadventures.com/destinations/?country=antarctica&trip=ultimate-antarctic-19-day-cruise

Throughout this 25th anniversary year, Wild Planet Adventures will also offer special rates and opportunities to see rare wildlife on many of their classic trips to 15 countries, including: 

·                     National Geographic Traveleraward-winner Brazil – On the Jaguar’s Trail, Pantanal to Amazon featuring an unprecedented average of 1.5 jaguar sightings per-day (during the jaguar safari segment) on an 11-day or 15-day tour. See: http://www.wildplanetadventures.com/destinations/?country=brazil&trip=jaguars-trail-pantanal-amazon-15-day

·                     Fodor’s Top 10 “Must-Do” trip, Costa Rica Ultimate Wildlife eco-tour, is the signature trip that started it all for Wild Planet Adventures. Still the most in-depth wildlife focused tour available in Costa Rica and Wild Planet’s most popular wildlife eco-tour, this trip is available in 9-day, 10-day and 14-day formats. See: http://www.wildplanetadventures.com/destinations/?country=costa-rica&trip=ultimate-wildlife-14-day-eco-tour-costa-rica

·                     Multiple National Geographic award-winner India Ultimate Wildlife Safari: Leopards, Tigers & Palaces is available in 13-day and 19-day formats. See: http://www.wildplanetadventures.com/destinations/?country=india&trip=ultimate-wildlife-safari-19-day-leopards-tigers-palaces-india

·                     Two different Thailand wildlife eco-tours, another signature destination for Wild Planet, which is the only US or international tour operator to feature authentic wildlife expeditions into the remote national parks of Kaeng Krachan and Klong Seang – the two best parks for wildlife in Thailand. Add-in the thrill of treehouse accommodations accessed by ziplines, to see rare gibbons in the wild. See: http://www.wildplanetadventures.com/destinations/?country=thailand

For detailed itineraries, exciting wildlife photos and video galleries and booking information, visit http://www.wildplanetadventures.com/, call 1-800-990-4376 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

About Wild Planet Adventures

The expert wildlife guides of Wild Planet Adventures go the extra mile to explore remote wildlife habitat and study wildlife patterns in destinations not often accessible to the general public. Thanks to the company’s comprehensive itineraries that balance diverse and complex ecosystems and habitats, guests enjoy wildlife and game viewing that is carefully aligned with animals’ seasonal, daily and nocturnal migrations.

Following a philosophy that interacting with nature has the power to transform lives, tours are conducted in Africa, Antarctica, Borneo, Brazil, Costa Rica, Galapagos, India, Laos, Nepal, Panama, Peru, Thailand and Zambia. Wild Planet Adventures is recognized by top publications in the travel industry for its itineraries that combine intimate encounters with wildlife and local culture.

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A World’s First: Wild Planet Adventures Now Offers Wildlife Eco-tours in Fabled “Lost World” of Borneo

SAUSALITO, CAAug. 4, 2015– Award-winning wildlife travel expert Wild Planet Adventures (http://www.wildplanetadventures.com/) announces a world’s first for travel companies. They have been granted special access to lead wildlife eco-tours in the remote Maliau Basin Conservation Area, famously known as The Lost World of Borneo. Located on the strait of Sabah, the region encompasses Malaysia’s easternmost state on the island of Borneo.

The Lost World of Borneo is one of three areas left in Borneo that encompass the last stands of the oldest rainforest on earth. Its geography – a basin surrounded by steep cliffs – has never been fully explored. Another of these areas, the Danum Valley, is also included in Wild Planet’s signature “Weird & Wonderful Wildlife Eco-tour” available in 12-and 16-day itineraries, the latter including an exclusive wildlife expedition into The Lost World of Borneo. 

The new 16-day Borneo “Weird & Wonderful Wildlife Eco-tour” starts at $7,798 per person, double. For details see http://www.wildplanetadventures.com/destinations/?country=borneo&trip=weird-wonderful-wildlife-16-day-borneo

The 12-day Borneo Wildlife Eco-tour starts at $6,498 per person, double. For details please see:http://www.wildplanetadventures.com/destinations/?country=borneo&trip=weird-wonderful-wildlife-12-day-borneo

In April 2015 wildlife expert Josh Cohen, Director of Wild Planet Adventures, mounted an extensive two-pronged expedition to Malaysia: first, to scout Borneo’s Lost World and then to investigate how to increase the percentage of rare animal sightings on its wildlife-focused tours.

Cohen explains that Maliau Basin Conservation Area is a virtually self-contained ecosystem never inhabited by humans and where large areas still remain unexplored. Efforts are underway to nominate Maliau Basin as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

“It’s no wonder Maliau Basin is called the “Lost World.” Here you can experience something that is nearly impossible to find anywhere else on earth: the forest floor is so pristine and untouched, if you step off the trail it is likely that no other human will have ever set foot where you are standing!” Cohen said.

He added that while wildlife is extremely shy, Maliau Basin Conservation Area offers perhaps the only remotely viable chance to see some of the world’s rarest animals including the clouded leopard, sun bear, pygmy elephant, Malaysian badger and the reclusive Bornean rhino.

“Wild Planet travelers will enjoy a nocturnal wildlife walk exclusive to our guests to monitor camera traps, conditions permitting,” Cohen said. Wild Planet has made special arrangements with wildlife researchers at Maliau Basin Conservation Area who will share recent camera trap photos of some of these and other rare animals.

Throughout Cohen’s Borneo scouting expedition, he and his staff went to great lengths to explore remote areas at unusual times of day, utilizing eco-responsible methods such as electric motor boats, silent safaris and ultra low-impact strategies to assure the best possible chance to spot animals not commonly seen by even the most diligent travelers. They scouted remote tributaries of the Kinabatangan River after midnight, arranged exclusive nocturnal access to wildlife-rich habitat surrounding Gomantong limestone caves, traversed uncharted riverbed trails in the Danum Valley and made special arrangements with scientific researchers to hike into remote camera trap destinations in Maliau Basin Conservation Area.

“The results were staggering,” he said. “In addition to seeing a huge volume of wildlife including 11 of the 13 primate species, pygmy elephants, tarsiers, slow loris, flying lemurs and other “gliders”, the expedition encountered an unprecedented number of wild orang-utans – both alpha males as well as mothers with babies. But the highlight of the expedition was encountering an extraordinarily rare flat-headed cat, last sighted in the region nearly eight years ago, proving the efficacy of Wild Planet’s eco-responsible wildlife viewing methods.

As a follow-up to the initial scouting trip, he said “the extraordinary results continue to this day. The very first Wild Planet travelers to benefit from the new activities and destinations that we arranged saw a similar volume of rare animals, including a rare Bay owl, which had not been seen for many years.” 

Both “Weird & Wonderful Wildlife” itineraries embrace Wild Planet Adventures’ unique scouting activities. They include Sipadan Reef, one of the world’s “Top 5” snorkel and dive spots, and the 16 day program also includes a visit to Seligan Island to witness sea-turtles laying eggs and the baby hatchlings returning to the sea. Both programs feature exclusive expeditions to see Borneo’s famous “gliders” – mammals, amphibians and reptiles that evolved to fly, such as Wallace’s flying frogs, colugos (flying lemurs), flying squirrels and Paradise flying tree snakes. There are also exclusive nocturnal expeditions to see Tarsiers and Slow Loris, two of the world’s smallest (and cutest!) primates. 

For detailed itineraries, exciting wildlife photos and video galleries and booking information, visit http://www.wildplanetadventures.com/, call 1-800-990-4376 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

About Wild Planet Adventures

The expert wildlife guides of Wild Planet Adventures go the extra mile to explore remote wildlife habitat and study wildlife patterns in destinations not often accessible to the general public. Thanks to the company’s comprehensive itineraries that balance diverse and complex ecosystems and habitats, guests enjoy wildlife and game viewing that is carefully aligned with animals’ seasonal, daily and nocturnal migrations.

Following a philosophy that interacting with nature has the power to transform lives, tours are conducted in Africa, Baja, Belize, Borneo, Brazil, Costa Rica, Galapagos, India, Laos, Nepal, Panama, Peru, Thailand and Zambia. Wild Planet Adventures is recognized by top publications in the travel industry for its itineraries that combine intimate encounters with wildlife and local culture.

In April 2014 Wild Planet Adventures received its fifth “Worlds’ 50 Best Trips” award from the editors of National Geographic Traveler for its “On the Jaguar’s Trail; from the Pantanal to the Amazon” wildlife safari in Brazil.

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Wild Planet Adventures Suggests Best Times to Travel to See Rare, Exotic and Hard-to-Find Wildlife

SAUSALITO, CA, May 6, 2015– Wildlife experts Wild Planet Adventures (http://www.wildplanetadventures.com/) underscore that when you travel is as important as the destination itself.

Their destination-specific wildlife knowledge includes activities around local fruiting seasons; peak activity months at local salt licks, watering holes and other hot-spots; localized migrations; special seasons such as Veranito in Costa Rica, and such animal-focused secrets as how big cats are more exposed during peak hot weather in many destinations, while small amounts of rain can result in increased sightings in other places.

Josh Cohen, founder of Wild Planet Adventures, outlines when his guests should travel to maximize wildlife sightings, particularly of rare and hard-to-find animals. The rates quoted are per person, double occupancy for small group travel. Rates are slightly higher for only two people traveling.

BORNEO:March to October is the best viewing window for The Borneo "Weird and Wonderful Wildlife" Eco-tour that combines rainforest hiking, eco-responsible river cruises and an Orang Utan rehabilitation center.  Guests also snorkel or dive at one of the world’s top five dive destinations. The mild rain of July and August increases sightings of wild Orang Utans; August through October is the fruiting season, particularly helpful when visiting Maliau Basin. Wild Planet Adventures is the only U.S. operator offering wildlife excursions amongst Maliau Basin’s 300-foot-tall trees in the “Lost World” of Borneo, the world’s most ancient rainforest. Prolific and likely sightings include Orang Utan, Proboscis Monkey, Bornean Gibbon, Langurs, Pygmy Elephant, and over 620 bird species. This 12-day program is from $6,498 per person, double (plus domestic flights.)

INDIA:November to April are preferred months for Leopards, Tigers and Palaces, the Ultimate Wildlife Safari in India. January is the coldest month with temperatures in the 50’s in the early morning but quickly warming to the high 70’s. April is the hottest with temperatures peaking in the 90’s and above. Prolific and likely wildlife sightings include Tigers (due to Wild Planet’s authentic tiger tracking in Kanha, Manas and Kaziranga National Parks), Leopard, Rhinoceros, Elephant, Macaque, Langur and Rhesus Monkeys, various antelope, Mongoose, Striped Hyena, Golden Jackal, Wild Boar, and 450 Bird species. The per person double occupancy rate is from $7,498 (minimum six).

THAILAND:November to June are the best months for Hidden Thailand Wildlife Eco-tour: Remote Rainforests & Islands that spans more than four national parks and includes exclusive wildlife expeditions into Kaeng Krachan National Park and Klong Seang Wildlife Sanctuary, expeditions not offered by any other U.S. International tour operator. Prolific and likely wildlife sightings include up to 13 primate species (including Singing Gibbons), Elephants, Civets, Guar, Wild Boar, Monitor Lizards, Flying Fox, Giant Porcupine, Slow Loris, Flying Draco Lizards, Hornbills and other Birds. Other rare or endangered species include Tiger, Clouded Leopard, Sun Bear, Asiatic Bear and more. The per person double rate is from $4,198.

COSTA RICA:Think December to May and again in July (Veranito season) for the Costa Rica Ultimate Wildlife 14-Day EcoTour spanning 12 distinct ecological zones. Prolific and likely wildlife sightings include Howler, White-faced, Capuchin, Squirrel and Spider Monkeys, two species of Sloth, Kinkajou, Tapir, Agouti, Peccaries, Red-Eyed Tree Frogs, Iguana, Basilisk “Jesus Christ” Lizards, Blue Morpho Butterflies, Leaf-Cutter Ants, and up to 900 species of birds including Resplendent Quetzals and Scarlet Macaws. Rare or endangered animals include Jaguar, Glass Frogs (see-through), Leatherback Turtles, Green Turtles, and more. The per person, double rate is from $4,998.

PANAMA:  December to July are the best months for a Panama Ultimate Wildlife 10-Day EcoTour combining rain and cloud forest adventure with the best snorkeling in the Americas. Prolific and likely wildlife sightings include six species of primates such as Geoffrey’s Tamarins, Night Monkeys, Sloth, Coatimundi, Agouti, Dolphins, Blue Morpho Butterflies, Poison Arrow and Red-eyed Tree Frogs, Sea Turtles and 600 species of birds. Rare or endangered sightings may include Jaguarundi, Porcupine, Silky Anteater, Grey Fox, Leatherback and Green Turtles, Macaws and more. The per person double rate is from $3,998.

BRAZIL:The best time for spotting wildlife in the Pantanal and Amazon is March to October with peak jaguar viewing starting early July.  Cohen calls Wild Planet Adventure’s Jaguar's Trail: Pantanal to Amazon 15-Day Adventure “our most value-packed itinerary” featuring wildlife safaris by jeep, boat and foot in three different regions of the Pantanal and a remote area of the Amazon. Cohen also reports, “We average spotting 1.5 jaguars per day, and sometimes as many as 7!”  Prolific & likely wildlife sightings include Jaguars, Hyacinth Macaws, Giant Anteater, primates such as Brown Capuchin, Black Howler, White-Whiskered Spider, Gold & Black and Red-Handed Howler Monkey, Silvery Marmoset, plus Giant Otter. Rare or endangered sightings may include Bare Ear Marmoset, Red-Nosed Bearded Saki Monkey, Harpy Eagle, Ocelot, Puma, and Azara's Agouti. The per person double rate is from $7,198.

PERU:March to October are preferred months for Ultimate Wildlife Amazon & Machu Picchu 13-day Adventure including Tambopata Reserve and the remote Manu Biosphere Reserve, the #1 park in the world for biodiversity. Prolific and likely wildlife sightings include Brown Capuchin, Squirrel, Dusty Headed Titi, Red Howler, Spider, Wooly Monkey; Saddleback Tamarin, five species of Macaws, 15 species of Parrots and Parakeets, Toucans, Giant River Otter, Sloth, and Tapir. Rare sightings may include Jaguar, Puma, Ocelot, Pygmy Marmoset (the world’s smallest primate), Emperor Tamarin, Harpy Eagle ands more. The per person double rate is from $5,898.

ZAMBIA:July to October are preferred months for Ultimate Wildlife 18-Day Safari in one of Africa's least crowded and most wildlife-rich destinations. Prolific and likely wildlife sightings include Lion, Leopard, Cheetah, Serval, Caracal, as well as African Elephant, Buffalo, Hippopotamus, Southern Giraffe, Zebra, Impala, Warthog, Aardvark, Mongoose, Spotted Hyena, Jackal, Honey Badger, and Yellow Baboon. Rare or endangered sightings may include Grysbok, Steenbok, Suni, Black Rhino, Samango (Blue) Monkey, Bush-Baby, and more. The per person double rate is from $15,798 (plus domestic flights at $2,348 per person).

For detailed itineraries, high definition wildlife photo and video galleries, availability and booking information, visit http://www.wildplanetadventures.com/, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 1.800.990.4376.

About Wild Planet Adventures

In April 2014 Wild Planet Adventures received its fifth “Worlds’ 50 Best Trips” award from the editors of National Geographic Traveler for its “On the Jaguar’s Trail; from the Pantanal to the Amazon” wildlife safari in Brazil.

The expert wildlife guides of Wild Planet Adventures go the extra mile to explore remote wildlife habitat and study wildlife patterns in destinations not often accessible to the general public. Thanks to the company’s comprehensive itineraries that balance diverse and complex ecosystems and habitats, guests enjoy wildlife and game viewing that is carefully aligned with animals’ seasonal, daily and nocturnal migrations.

Following a philosophy that interacting with nature has the power to transform lives, tours are conducted in Africa, Baja, Belize, Borneo, Brazil, Costa Rica, Galapagos, India, Laos, Nepal, Panama, Peru, Thailand and Zambia. Wild Planet Adventures is recognized by top publications in the travel industry for its itineraries that combine intimate encounters with wildlife and local culture.

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For more information, interviews and photos please contact:

Sara Widness / 802-234-6704 / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.">'+addy_text93440+'<\/a>'; //-->

Dave Wiggins / 303-554-8821 / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Website and Portfolio of Past Releases: http://www.travelnewssource.com/

Follow Widness & Wiggins PR on Twitter: http://twitter.com/#!/BoulderDave

Follow Wild Planet Adventures:

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