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Have you ever wondered what it might be like to be on one of the National Geographic expeditions where they capture once-in-a-lifetime shots of everything from monkeys to whales?
Maybe you have a child constantly begging to visit the zoo or the aquarium? Next year, consider joining one of the National Geographic expeditions to unique animals up close and personal.
In partnership with Disney Signature Experiences, National Geographic is offering trips worldwide for people wanting to further their real-life education and become true explorers.
Costa Rica: Wildlife and Conservation
The group is currently taking reservations for their 2024 expedition to Costa Rica. The point of the trip is to allow visitors to get an up-close and personal experience with wildlife, such as howler monkeys, sloths, caimans, basilisk lizards, toucans, and thousands of monarch butterflies.
On this trip, you’ll be joined by a number of scientists, researchers, and conservationists to help support ecology in the area.
Caño Negro National Wildlife Refuge
One of the biggest draws of the trip is a boat ride down the Río Frío to identify unusual rainforest species. You will also disembark and hike with ecologists and naturalists from La Selva Biological Station & Reserve.
Cloud forest conservation is another significant aspect of the trip. A cloud forest is similar to a rain forest, except they experience a higher level of low-level clouds with a different type of vegetation, such as mosses and ferns.
Tamarindo Wildlife Refuge
Later in the trip, you’ll visit the Tamarindo Wildlife Refuge to meet with experts from local scientific organizations focused on conservation and sustainability.
Here, you’ll be able to see many different species of monkeys and birdlife to get a behind-the-scenes look at how National Geographic gets its famous photographs.
Arenal Volcano National Park
You’ll also visit the Arenal Volcano National Park to see stunning lush rainforests along the peak of this active volcano.
There are several hot springs that you can relax in on this trip while enjoying the sights and sounds of this stunning rainforest.
Las Baulas National Marine Park
On the last leg of the trip, you will visit a national marine park that stretches through Tamarindo Bay, which protects several endangered species like green turtles.
Watch for crocodiles and white-faced capuchin monkeys while walking through this thick, dry forest.
At the sea turtle nursery, you’ll see a presentation before hopefully interacting first-hand with the baby turtles.
Why Was The Yellowstone Bison Calf Rejected and Euthanized?
Discover the story behind the controversial euthanization of a bison calf in Yellowstone National Park and the consequences of human intervention in wildlife conservation efforts. Learn about the incident that occurred when a Hawaii man tried to help a newborn bison calf but ended up causing its herd to reject it, resulting in the calf’s euthanization. Learn about the park’s regulations and guidelines and the importance of respecting wildlife and their natural behaviors in protected areas.
When Bison Selfies Go Wrong: Highlighting The Internet’s Funniest Reactions
Get ready for a good laugh and a friendly reminder to keep your distance from bison with this hilarious article about a viral bison selfie gone wrong. From National Park Service selfie stats to witty Twitter reactions, this article has got it all. Learn from this woman’s mistake and avoid winning a Darwin Award by keeping your distance from these majestic creatures.
How To React If You Encounter A Bear: A Safety Guide
A bear sighting while hiking can be exciting but also frightening! Discover the dos and don’ts of bear encounters, including how to make noise to avoid encounters, how to react if you see a bear, what to do if a bear attacks, and wildlife viewing etiquette. Gain valuable insights into how to stay safe in bear country and respect wildlife and their natural behaviors in protected areas.
Interacting With Wildlife In National Parks: Wildlife Safety
Wildlife sightings are one of the most exciting parts of visiting a national park! Keep yourself and the animals both safe with these dos and don’ts of wildlife encounters, including how to stay at a safe distance, never feed or touch the animals, and specific guidelines for interacting with bears, moose, bison, and elk. Gain valuable insights into how to respect wildlife and their natural behaviors in protected areas, and enjoy a safe and enjoyable wildlife viewing experience.