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  • Date: 15 August 2013
  • Author: Matt Erke, WWF

Next in our WWF Staff travel series is Matt Erke. Matt serves as an associate for WWF’s Eastern Himalayas program. Matt tells about how travel opened his eyes to the incredible beauty and power of nature.

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  • Date: 12 August 2013
  • Author: Tripti Pandey, Guest Blogger

In India’s “Pink City” of Jaipur, I occasionally see an elephant sauntering down the street. The elephant holds a rich, cultural tie to my native India, and seeing one often brings back many of my most cherished childhood memories.

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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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  • Date: 22 July 2013
  • Author: WWF Travel

Nature + Culture: India's Wild Side
Presented by Suhail Gupta, NatHab Guide
Tuesday, July 23 @ 3PM Eastern, 2pm Central, 1pm Mountain, 12pm Pacific
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Suhail Gupta, an experienced naturalist, brings India to life in this hour-long webinar.  Gupta, who has helped film tigers for several BBC productions including Toby Sinclair's Land of the Tiger series, will detail how NatHab provides the best chances of seeing Bengal tigers in the wild, iconic Indian cultural experiences as well as other off the beaten path destinations that provide intimate nature encounters.

Learn how you can join a trip to experience the wild side of India.

  • Date: 04 June 2013
  • Author: Tania Segura, WWF Travel

The narrow wooden boat glides smoothly through the Philippine waters. Nervous tension hangs in the air; your eyes scan the waters for signs.

Signs of what?

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  • Date: 17 April 2013
  • Author: Maddi Higgins, WWF Travel

The opportunities to engage on a cultural level with local communities may seem less prominent as wildlife is often the focal point of the WWF trips. But it's often the local communities and guides who can spot the rare bird hidden in the thick of the forest canopy. It's the community that is bound tight to the history of their landscape; they know the stories that illustrate how nature has shaped their culture or perhaps how culture has shaped nature. It is almost impossible to understand and appreciate wildlife without also understanding the people and cultures that live under the same expansive sky.

Our photo slideshow highlights eight WWF trips that engage with the keepers of this intimate knowledge.

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  • Date: 19 March 2013
  • Author: Tania Segura, WWF Travel

Originally from Philadelphia, Lee Goldman’s journey has at last led him to the Philippines. Here Lee’s three passions bundle together perfectly--marine biology, conservation and guiding--bringing the underwater gardens to life for lucky WWF travelers.

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  • Date: 11 January 2013
  • Author: Marsea Nelson, WWF Travel

In between voyages, expedition leader Mike Fogg answered our questions about Borneo and WWF’s Faces in the Forest expedition.

WWF Travel: What do you think most surprises visitors to Borneo?
Mike Fogg: Most people have a mental image of Borneo being the land of head-hunters and orangutans. What surprises most is the diversity of habitats, depth of culture and a history that is both complex and interesting.

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  • Date: 06 November 2012
  • Author: Marsea Nelson, WWF Travel

Her early years were spent under a thatch roof hut in one of the wildest corners of the planet. Eyes constantly peeled for poachers and leeches alike, Biruté Mary Galdikas quickly got used to her surroundings in the Bornean rain forest, where she has resided for most of the past four decades to study orangutans.

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  • Date: 02 April 2012
  • Author: Marsea Nelson, WWF Travel

Where: Deep in the rain forests of Central Borneo in the Tanjung Puting National Park.

What’s there: A full-service research center where visitors can observe ex-captive orangutans that have been returned to the wild but are not entirely independent. In the 1970s and 1980s, Camp Leakey also served as a rehabilitation center. Currently, orangutans who need medical or other care after being confiscated from homes, black markets, the entertainment industry or abusive zoos are taken to the Orangutan Care Center, just outside of Tangung Puting. The orangutans we’ll see are the last of those rehabilitated at Camp Leakey, as well as their offspring and possibly wild orangutans as well.

Why it’s notable: Camp Leakey was established by orangutan researcher Biruté Galdikas in 1971. The camp is named for famed paleo-anthropologist Louis Leakey, who funded Galdikas’ orangutan studies. (Leakey also funded Jane Goodall’s work with chimpanzees and Dian Fossey’s mountain gorilla studies.)

How you’ll get there: During our Borneo: Faces in the Forest voyage, you’ll disembark the ship and transfer to traditional covered riverboats called klotok. The guided motorboat ride up the mangrove-lined Sekonyer River takes 2 ½ hours, with fascinating wildlife—including long-tailed macaques, proboscis monkeys and a profusion of birds—along the way.

Keep your eyes peeled for: You’re almost sure to see orangutans at feeding platforms; camp staff supplements the diet of the free ranging orangutans with fruit. Guides will be on hand to offer interpretation, perhaps even Galdikas herself.

Visit Camp Leakey during WWF's Borneo Voyage.