Delve into thrilling Nat Hab updates: expeditions, movies, wildlife information and extra! And discover out extra about our first annual Sustainability Report, which highlights our efforts over practically 40 years to fortify the bridge between conservation and journey.
New Journey—Alaska Bear Quest: A Photograph Professional Expedition
In case you are a severe wildlife photographer—particularly for those who’re as besotted with bears as we’re—then our latest Alaska journey is for you! We’ve simply rolled out the last word brown bear images journey. Spend 13 days with us subsequent June for the inaugural season of Alaska Bear Quest: A Photograph Professional Expedition. We’ve mixed our two epic brown bear experiences in a single superb itinerary, maximizing your time for bear images in the very best locations on Earth for close-up photos. And we’re dedicating our prime bear photographer guides to the journey, providing you with unparalleled experience to faucet as you search the brown bear photos of a lifetime.
You’ll go to each Katmai and Lake Clark nationwide parks, premier places on Alaska’s Bear Coast the place a whole bunch of giant coastal brown bears roam the roadless wilderness. Touring with simply eight company, you’ll spend 4 nights at Nat Hab’s fly-in Bear Camp, situated on a personal inholding in Lake Clark Nationwide Park—plus 4 extra nights on board our “grizzly ship,” the Pure Habitat Ursus, cruising close to Hallo Bay on the Katmai coast and going ashore for images. You gained’t imagine how shut you’ll safely get on foot! The bears don’t hassle us as a result of they’ve all they want from nature. Watch them fatten up on their summer time smorgasbord, devouring sedge and digging for clams on the tide flats.
Take pleasure in lengthy days of images within the practically round the clock daylight as you witness mating exercise and moms with cubs. We’d see wolves, foxes and bald eagles, too. Our itinerary consists of each Kodiak and Homer, with non-public cruises for marine life images in each locations. This epic journey is for completed photographers, with the aim of getting you bear images you could possibly solely dream of in any other case.
Large Pandas Return to China—See Them with Us!
It’s exhausting to think about. However quickly, there gained’t be any large pandas to see within the U.S.—for the primary time since 1972. That’s as a result of all zoos within the U.S. should return their pandas to China this yr as mortgage applications expire. We are able to get you up shut and private with pandas of their homeland!
Try our Chinese language wildlife journey the place you’ll see dozens of large pandas up shut in Sichuan’s well-known panda breeding and analysis bases. You’re certain to see cute panda cubs while you go to—watch this video of panda playtime on the Wolong Reserve on our most up-to-date China journey!
Listed here are a number of the highlights of what you’ll expertise with us in China:
- Make three separate panda base visits with prolonged time for statement and images, and get an opportunity to volunteer with panda care.
- Discover wild panda habitat on a distant nationwide nature reserve that’s basically untouristed, guided by our North American Expedition Chief and professional native naturalists.
- See different endemic and endangered species inside this 100,000-acre mountain sanctuary that is without doubt one of the most intact ecosystems in Asia. You may additionally encounter golden and Sichuan takin, Tibetan and rhesus macaques, musk deer, blue sheep, wild boar and golden pheasant, and extra not often, pink panda and moon bear.
- Go to a golden snub-nosed monkey reserve. As a result of they’re acclimated to people, you’ll get very shut to those cute blue-faced primates that reside within the alpine forest amongst lakes, glacial rivers and waterfalls.
- Expertise particular cultural highlights: the Terracotta Military, the traditional Silk Highway metropolis of Xi’an, and an in a single day village go to on the Tibetan plateau.
Calling all photographers! Reap the benefits of the Photograph Tour model of our itinerary, with personalised teaching from a prime photographer information. There’s the China of reports headlines. After which there’s The Wild Aspect of China. Uncover it with us.
Nat Hab’s First Annual Sustainability Report
Should you’re a fan of Nat Hab, you probably care as a lot as we do about conservation. However what does it imply to be a “conservation first” journey journey firm?
It’s easy. Conservation is in the beginning in all we do. It’s our “why,” our cause for being, and our ardour: to guard the planet and all its inhabitants—not least the wild ones you journey with us to see.
Our mission assertion—conservation via exploration—captures this focus. And it’s the title of a brand new publication we couldn’t be extra excited to share with you: our first annual Sustainability Report. This colourful, extremely readable doc options our efforts over practically 40 years to fortify the bridge between conservation and journey—the connection that launched us, and the inspiration for all we do at this time. From the get-go, Nat Hab has pushed to grow to be a world chief in sustainable nature journey. We’ve frequently sought to boost the bar, from being the primary journey firm to go carbon-neutral in 2007 to working the World’s First Zero Waste Journey in 2019 and rolling out our first electrical safari automobile in 2023.
We’ve sought to set an instance and affect our friends to dig deeper, strive tougher, goal greater, and depart the locations and folks we go to higher by our very presence. Whenever you delve into our Sustainability Report, you’ll see all of the methods we’ve got pursued that lofty aim. Inside these pages, you’ll find out about our improvements, our partnerships, our philanthropic initiatives, and rather more. And whereas that is our first-ever such report, it will likely be an annual roundup: with the numerous initiatives we’ve got underway on a regular basis, we’re already engaged on our subsequent version, dedicated to informing and provoking you with how conservation journey helps to guard our wild world.
Whenever you add worth to pure landscapes, wild locations, and wildlife by bringing small teams of aware vacationers to expertise them, native communities immediately profit from preserving nature unspoiled. No useful resource extraction trade can examine to the worth of sustainable nature tourism performed proper. We hope you’ll admire the numerous heartening accomplishments our report comprises. And we hope it can elevate your personal enthusiasm for conservation, as a part of our passionate group of nature lovers.
New Report from WWF—Snow Leopard Numbers on the Rise
The presence of 134 snow leopards has been confirmed in Bhutan by the Nationwide Snow Leopard Survey 2022-2023, supported by the Bhutan For Life mission and WWF-Bhutan. This represents a 39.5% enhance from the nation’s first survey in 2016, when 96 people have been counted. The discovering serves “as continued inspiration for defense of this elusive species,” mentioned Dechen Dorji, Senior Director, Asia Wildlife, WWF-US.
Famend for his or her silver coat with black rosettes, snow leopards are present in twelve nations throughout Asia’s excessive mountains—and our snow leopard expedition in far-north India provides you glorious odds to see them within the wild. Snow leopards are principally solitary, and we might even see one on the hunt, stealthily pursuing a mountain sheep, or springing onto its again from a ledge. Typically, we see moms with cubs (watch this cute video!).
Your likelihood to witness this elegant apex predator is rising as their numbers enhance. Get a preview by way of this footage from our previous journeys.
Our journey takes place in Ladakh, a sparsely populated area within the Indian Himalayas the place Tibetan Buddhist tradition predominates. Following the Indus River via distant excessive valleys, we attain our non-public expedition lodge. From this comfy base, we set out every day searching for the “grey ghost”—the snow leopard’s native nickname that’s a nod to its mysterious and elusive nature. We accomplice with the very best snow leopard trackers within the area, nonetheless, and our spotters’ means to detect these masterfully camouflaged cats is second to none.
The encompassing cliffs and alpine meadows present habitat for the snow leopard’s prey—ibex, bharial and urial—in addition to fox, hare, pika and Tibetan wolves. Villagers acknowledge that defending snow leopards from unlawful looking and poaching is useful—the cats are integral to sustaining ecological steadiness, and our coming to watch them helps the native financial system, demonstrating the worth of conservation journey. Be part of us this winter for a 10-day journey within the Land of the Snow Leopard!
New Video—Iceland: Land of Hearth & Ice
Whenever you’re on the lookout for a nature vacation spot that delivers on bang to your buck, Iceland awaits. And for those who want any convincing, watch our new video! Nat Hab’s 11-day Iceland journey stands alone in comparison with different choices. We get you farther afield, in additional intimate and genuine settings, with simply 11 vacationers plus our naturalist Expedition Chief and an professional native information.
Although it’s solely the scale of Ohio or Kentucky, this island nation holds Europe’s largest glacier, 1000’s of waterfalls, iceberg lagoons, glacial rivers, 32 energetic volcanoes, and greater than two dozen geysers. Off the rugged shoreline, we discover greater than 20 whale species, plus dolphins and porpoises. On Iceland’s cliffs and islands, we discover greater than 4,000 nesting seabird colonies, together with 60% of the world’s Atlantic puffins. Our itinerary will get you into unique non-public settings for a extra highly effective encounter with Iceland’s pure drama. Discover the little-visited Westfjords. Head to Askja Volcano by Tremendous Jeep and hike to the rim to see contained in the crater. Cruise amongst icebergs in Fjallsarlon Glacier Lagoon on a personal Zodiac tour. Wander black sand seashores, soak in a sizzling spring, and keep on a household farm.
Should you’re a severe photographer, take a look at Iceland Full Circle: A Photograph Professional Expedition. You gained’t discover a extra intensive images encounter with Iceland: 16 lengthy, light-saturated days; three non-public flights for aerial imagery, together with a helicopter glacier touchdown; a number of non-public boat cruises…and capped at simply 9 company! Nat Hab really provides the last word immersion in Iceland.