Wildlife enthusiasts have three opportunities to explore the diverse Amazon Basin with renowned zoology and conservation experts on International Expeditions’ summer 2014 Amazon River cruises. Known for its focus on environmental education, IE departures will also be accompanied by two native naturalists and an expedition leader who all provide lectures and field interpretation during immersive daily excursions.
IE’s small-ship adventure takes travelers deep into the Pacaya-Samiria Reserve, a mosaic of pristine habitats including flooded and dry forest and extensive wetlands. Naturalist-guided hikes, kayaking and excursion boat rides in three distinct habitats allow travelers to discover a wealth of jungle wildlife, including pink river dolphins, macaws and up to 15 species of primates. With the possibility of observing more than 700 species on IE’s 10-day Amazon cruise,the guidance and extensive experience of three special wildlife-focused guest lecturers adds immeasurably to the overall experience.
Alan Lieberman, Research Fellow San Diego Zoo Global Institute for Conservation Research, July 25
Zoologist Alan Lieberman was the director of field programs at San Diego Zoo Global Institute for Conservation Research. For the past 39 years, he has served as the Zoo’s curator of birds and curator of reptiles, and pursued a variety of field research and conservation projects outside of the Zoo.Interspersed between zoo assignments he participated in Peace Corps Environmental Program (Colombia) and the Nature Conservancy International’s Natural Heritage Program. As part of The Peregrine Fund, Alan founded and still participates in the Hawaii Endangered Bird Conservation Program.
Marie Trone, Marine Biologist, August 8
In addition to her Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology focusing on cetacean behavior and cognition, Marie Trone has spent 15 years caring for and training marine mammals, sea turtles, sharks, stingrays, marine fishes and invertebrates,freshwater fishes, elephants and birds. Trone has a vast background in research and has spent the last three years teaching environmental science, biology,marine biology, and human anatomy and physiology at the college level, while devising new lab activities and leading outdoor exercises.
Ken Howell, Curator of Rainforest Exhibits, National Aquarium, August 22
Ken has spent more than 30 years working with zoos and aquariums. After serving as a Zookeeper at the Miami Metro Zoo, Senior Biologist and then Assistant General Curator for the Steinhart Aquarium in California, Howell now works at the National Aquarium in Baltimore as the Curator of Rainforest Exhibits. When not keeping a watchful eye on the aquarium’s amazing species to ensure all are flourishing, Ken enjoys giving presentations about this biodiversity.
Guests aboard IE’s Amazon Voyage travel aboard the new31-guest La Estrella Amazonica. Highlighting the new riverboat are private balconies for every cabin, multimedia lecture room, fitness center, kayaks and the Amazon’s largest observation deck — more than 1,000 square feet — ideal for stargazing or photographing the passing rainforest.
Pricing starts at $4,398, and includes daily naturalist-guided excursions;complimentary laundry service; nightly receptions with complimentary Peruvian cocktails, wine and beer; most meals; transfers; pre-cruise accommodations at Lima’s Swissôtel; post-tour dayroom; and tours of Colonial Lima and Iquitos. In addition to the luminaries above, experts on wildlife photography and videography will lecture aboard other cruise departures.
For more information or a brochure on Amazon cruises, call International Expeditions at 1-800-234-9620 or visit www.IEtravel.com.
Celebrating 34 years of nature travel, International Expeditions specializes in small-group journeys to Earth’s most exhilarating destinations. A pioneer of environmentally responsible travel, IE is committed to preserving natural habitats and improving the welfare of the people and communities it visits. International Expeditions has been named to Travel + Leisure’s list of “World’s Best” tour operators & safari outfitters seven times and to National Geographic ADVENTURE magazine’s list of “Best Adventure Travel Companies on Earth.”
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