Wildland Adventures Kicks Off Its 30th Anniversary of Going Wild Around the World with Multimedia Presentations by Expert Guest Speakers

SEATTLE, WA, Jan. 6, 2017- Wildland Adventures kicks off its 30th anniversary in 2017 with a January series of travel seminars featuring guest speakers who are all top guides and conservationists in their native countries of Zimbabwe, India and Brazil. The seminars are on three consecutive Saturdays at The Savvy Traveler in Edmonds. The dates are Jan. 14 at 1 p.m. on Zimbabwe, Jan. 21 at 10 a.m. on India and Jan. 28 at 10 a.m. on Brazil.

“We are very excited to kick off our 2017 season and the start of our 30th anniversary ‘Going Wild’ around the world by inviting our community to presentations by some of our most enthusiastic and engaging guides, all of whom are nationally recognized in their native countries for innovative ecotours that take our travelers to remote habitats they have helped to protect,” says Wildland Adventures President Kurt Kutay. “We’ll show short videos of Mark leading us on foot in tracking elephant in the bush, searching for the Bengal tiger (and finding them) from Amit’s jungle lodges and swimming with Douglas in the “meeting of the waters” where two rivers form to create the mighty Amazon River.”  

All events are held at The Savvy Traveler store, 112 5th Ave S in downtown Edmonds, WA 98020, telephone (425) 744-6076. Call or register here: http://www.savvytraveleredmonds.com/Imports/Registration.asp?Id=717&TIME=10:00%A0AM

Safaris in Zimbabwe / Saturday, Jan. 14, 1 p.m. - Guest Speaker: Mark “Butch” Butcher, Safari Guide and Conservationist

Fourth generation African and native Zimbabwean,Mark "Butch" Butcher holds the 2014 Guardian and Observer ethical travel award. He is an ecotourism pioneer, professional safari guide and leading conservationist who hosts Wildland travelers at camps and lodges on the Zambezi River and in Hwange National Park. Wildland Adventures Directors Kurt and Anne Kutay and other local travelers recently returned from Zimbabwe will introduce Mark and relay their own adventures on safari. Mark will share some of his life's stories: from working as a game ranger fighting rhino poachers in the late 80's to his latest roles leading safaris and saving elephants by employing ex-poachers as an incentive to protect wildlife through ecotourism. The presentation features amazing lodges and tented camps, the Elephant Express safari train, and incredible wildlife encounters including a video of Mark tracking elephants up close on foot with Kurt and Anne.

Inspiring India! / Saturday, Jan. 21, 10 a.m. - Guest Speaker: Amit Sankahla, Guide and Tiger Specialist

Amit Sankahla is Wildland Adventures’ foremost Indian guide and one of India’s leading tiger conservationists. This evening of stories and multimedia unveils the spectacular labyrinth of sights, sounds and mysteries of the sub-continent. Amit will share his kaleidoscope of award-winning images and videos revealing treasures to be discovered traveling among rural communities and into the wild places throughout his native India. Together with Wildland Directors Kurt and Anne Kutay guests will track the elusive Bengal tiger and Snow leopard, visit traditional markets and festivals including ancient Sufi and gypsy dance performances among many other surprises Wildland Adventures arranges for travelers to India’s premier tiger parks, hidden villages, the historic cities, majestic forts and opulent palaces of Rajasthan, the Taj Mahal, the spiritual city of Varanasi and the soaring temples, tropical Malabar backwaters, and plantations of the Spice Hills in the south. India remains the 'great frontier' for adventure travelers. Following in the path of his grandfather who was recognized by Indira Gandhi as "The Tiger Man of India", Amit operates two lodges and a luxury camp in the heart of tiger reserves, and through his collaboration with many others, he is credited with contributing to the success of the recent increase in population of tigers.

Discovery and Adventure in Brazil / Saturday, Jan. 28, 10 a.m. - Guest Speaker: Douglas Simoes, Ecotourism Guide and Conservationist

Wildland Adventures' Brazil guide, Douglas Simoes, explores how to create a comprehensive and seamless introductory itinerary that links the best of Brazil’s nature and culture. Guests will explore deep into the Pantanal wetlands epicenter for jaguar spotting and into the vast wilderness of the Amazon, home of some of the world’s most biologically diverse habitats for primates, caiman, capybara, 700 bird species, ocelots, pink dolphins and more! Walking on remote jungle trails, canoeing on rainforest lakes and rivers and mingling with monkeys in observation towers in the canopy of the rainforest are part of the fun. Foodies and culture buffs will love the international fusion of African, Amerindian and European cultures through architecture, food, music and dance on the beautiful coast of Salvador de Bahia. Inland lies the remote region of Chapada Diamantina where active travelers find endless trekking, swimming and photographic opportunities in a beautiful landscape of tabletop mountains, canyons, valleys, caves, electric blue pools and thundering waterfalls, including small villages to experience rural life with locals. All routes in Brazil lead to Rio with visits to the famous Sugar Loaf and Christ the Redeemer Statue atop Corcovado Mountain and the sun-soaked beach of Copacabana. It's a short hop down the Green Coast to Paraty, the picturesque colonial UNESCO World Heritage Site town and jumping off point for hiking and kayaking in Brazil's rainforest fjord - Mamangua. Guests can begin or end a Brazil adventure in magnificent Iguassu Falls draped in rainbows and glittering mist.

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Kurt Kutay, Founding CEO/President, and Anne Kutay, Vice-President, established Wildland Adventures in 1986. As active managing directors, they are continuously refining and evolving their Wild Style of travel. The ‘Wild Style’ is based on an ethic of sincerity, compassion and understanding that breaks down barriers of separation to build lasting intercultural, interpersonal, and environmental bonds designed to enhance rather than exploit the people and places where they travel.

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