Safaris and Wildlife Viewing: The Bucket List

Day trip with the Sea Lion to Paltra Sur (©photocoen)

Snorkeling with Sharks in the Galápagos Islands

"Shark!" I was facedown in the water, following a schools of surgeonfish weaving their way among the rocks, yet the word registered loud and clear. I looked up and saw my partner Coen waving frantically, pointing to something underneath his body. Read More

Birds like to use the dead trunks and branches as lookout points (©Coen Wubbels)

Bamboo Rafting in Kerala’s Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary, India

Tiger footprints. We stop in our tracks. Excitement rises. Our guide kneels and studies them, and concludes they are old ones. Disillusion comes with a hidden sense of relief. There is a gun-carrying guard with us, but still. We set off once more Read More

A sea lion sleeps while sally lightfoot crabs scamper on the Galapagos Islands. (photo credit: Katherine Rodeghier c 2012)

Viewing Some of Earth’s Rarest Creatures in the Galapagos Islands

I don’t need a sign warning me to “Yield to Sea Lions.” When a big fellow lumbers across my path you can bet I stop to give him the right of way. Sea lions, like most animals on the Galapagos Islands, are nonchalant toward humans because they are Read More

Yellow-footed Green Pigeon

Wildlife Touring by Jeep in Kaziranga National Park, India

The rhino calf lay sound asleep next to its mother, who was busy grazing not more than 20 feet from the road. Indian rhinos are ancient-looking creatures: They look like they should be sharing the earth with dinosaurs (or, at least, woolly mammoths Read More

Mexico's Wintering Monarchs will Land on your Hand (photo by Bob Bowers)

The Monarchs of Mexico’s El Rosario Biosphere Preserve

My wife and I had just finished a simple breakfast of juice, pan dulce and coffee in Angangueo, a small village in Mexico’s central mountains.  The early February air at 8,300 feet is chilled, suggesting we add a layer or two before heading to El Read More

An elephant family at Addo

On Safari in Addo Elephant National Park, South Africa

We have been riding around for an hour, it seems, and so far we have seen very little. A few zebras. A handful of antelopes. But no elephants, and the elephants are what we are here for. And when you're heart is set on elephants, a few antelopes just Read More

Belize crocodile tagging

Tagging Crocodiles near Belize’s Lamanai Mayan Ruins

It is dark -- 97 percent dark chocolate dark, India ink dark, heart of Voldemort dark -- in this swamp in the middle of a moonless night in the middle of Belize. Only in the distance, across the fresh-water lagoon, do a few lights reveal the Lamanai Read More