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  • Date: 05 December 2013
  • Author: Elissa Leibowitz Poma, WWF Travel

The fourth day of our Great Amazon Voyage presented a special treat: a visit to the largest reserve in Peru. Compared to the Amazon River basin closer to the city of Iquitos, the difference in wildlife and trees found in the Pacaya-Samiria National Reserve was considerable. Thicker trees and of more variety. Dozens of bird species popping up at a moment’s notice. More mammals and fewer humans.

Spend the morning in the reserve with us during this slideshow diary.

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  • Date: 24 November 2013
  • Author: WWF Travel

Paul Hardy, director of strategic planning for WWF’s Latin America and Caribbean Program, will join our May Amazon River Cruise as a guest lecturer.

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  • Date: 21 November 2013
  • Author: Sarah Fogel

Roberto Plaza always dreamed of living in the Galapagos. Three years ago he finally made the leap and moved his family from the city of Quito to the Enchanted Isles. And they did it in a big way: Roberto and his family live totally off the grid.

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  • Date: 14 November 2013
  • Author: Heather Finn and Kristina Griffin, WWF

In March, Heather Finn and Kristina Griffin traveled to the Galapagos Islands for the first time. Heather works as Manager of Digital User Experience. and Kristina is Deputy Director for Cause Marketing Program. This Q-and-A documents their experience.

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  • Date: 07 November 2013
  • Author: WWF

Over the course of four years—from 2010 to 2013— 441 new species were scientifically identified in the Amazon. The discoveries include a species of titi monkey that purrs like a cat and a new passion flower that sprouts spaghetti-like filaments from the center of the bloom.

Various scientists described the new species and WWF compiled the list of 258 plants, 84 fish, 58 amphibians, 22 reptiles, 18 birds, and one mammal.

The vast Amazon landscape spans eight countries and one in 10 known species on Earth lives there. Millions of species live here and most are still undescribed.

Here's a look at a selection of recent discoveries:

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  • Date: 17 October 2013
  • Author: Elissa Leibowitz Poma, WWF Travel

Tulio Ahuanari Sima remembers the size of the paiche his fisherman grandfather used to bring home after a day on the river: The tasty and dense Amazonian fish could grow to 11 feet and was so heavy that two or three men were needed to carry just one. A single fish fed several families.

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  • Date: 12 September 2013
  • Author: Sarah Fogel, WWF

The Galapagos Islands have been part of Gustavo Andrade’s life for as long as he can remember. Raised by a father who worked as a Galapagos tour boat captain for many years, Gustavo’s childhood was spent sailing the seas. The islands were his summer playground, the sea lions and marine turtles, his playmates. He says becoming a naturalist guide was a path he was destined to take.

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  • Date: 30 August 2013
  • Author: Karen Douthwaite, WWF

They measure 40 feet, weigh more than 20 tons and can have a lifespan of more than 100 years. But to ensure that whale sharks continue to live out their full lives in the world's oceans, all of us, including travelers, have important roles to play. 

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  • Date: 27 August 2013
  • Author: Heather Finn, WWF

Watch this two minute video taken in the Galápagos by traveler and WWF employee Heather Finn. Find out what happens when two giant tortoises meet on a narrow path - who will win this show of dominance?

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  • Date: 07 August 2013
  • Author: Maddi Higgins, WWF Travel

World-renowned adventurist Olaf Malver, who designs our slate of adrenaline-pumping expeditions in nature, likes to say, "We are not lemmings!" Instead of just following the crowd, our adventures take you to the top of snow-capped mountains, along the shores of winding rivers and practically to the ends of the Earth.

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