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St. Louis Zoo To Open Animal-Themed Hotel

St. Louis Zoo To Open Animal-Themed Hotel Oct 8th, 2013 at 11:00AM: Flickr, Jorge Rodrigo Gonzalez The St. Louis Zoo has some major expansion plans in store for the next several decades, including an open savannah, a gondola crossing the park, a formal restaurant and a boutique hotel. The Missouri zoo will be making big changes to their existing park and developing a new site, bringing the total campus to over 100 acres, and creating new animal habitats and...

White Rhino Shot As Poaching Increases In Kenya

White Rhino Shot As Poaching Increases In Kenya Aug 14th, 2013 at 9:25AM: Joachim Huber A white rhino has been killed by poachers in Nairobi National Park in Kenya, the BBC reports. While it's the first time in six years that a rhino has been killed in the park, unfortunately the poaching of rhinos in Kenya has been on the rise in recent years. Kenyan authorities say that 35 rhinos have been killed in their country this year. What makes this incident unusual is that...

Climbing The Mountain Of God, The World's Weirdest Volcano

Climbing The Mountain Of God, The World's Weirdest Volcano May 27th, 2013 at 11:00AM: huguesn, Flickr In the northern Arusha region of Tanzania near the border with Kenya, a geological oddity pokes its nose out of the rift valley floor. It's Ol Doinyo Lengai, the only volcano in the world that erupts with natrocarbonatite lava. Natrocarbonatite is half the temperature of the glowing silicate lava you see oozing out of Hawaiian volcanoes and it flows many times faster. It spills...

Trekking Couple Circles Planet Three Times In 424 Days

Trekking Couple Circles Planet Three Times In 424 Days Apr 8th, 2013 at 3:00PM: They started trekking the planet more than a year ago, promising to travel the globe bringing children in classrooms from around the world with them, virtually, as they visited scores of countries and continents. Now their journey is complete and Darren and Sandy Van Soye are back to tell about it. The story begins in February 2012, when the couple from Southern California started on a...

The 'Christopher Columbus Of China' May Have Visited Kenya, A New Find Reveals

The 'Christopher Columbus Of China' May Have Visited Kenya, A New Find Reveals Mar 16th, 2013 at 10:00AM: An explorer from medieval China may have visited an island off the coast of Kenya, archaeologists say. A joint expedition by The Field Museum and the University of Illinois at Chicago unearthed a 15th-century Chinese coin on the Kenyan island of Manda, according to a Field Museum press release. Starting around 200 A.D., Manda was a trading hub and home to an advanced civilization. The...

Tourists Amazed By Serengeti Wildebeest Calving

Tourists Amazed By Serengeti Wildebeest Calving Feb 27th, 2013 at 1:00PM: February is a special time on the Serengeti. Right now its population of some 1.5 million wildebeests are giving birth to an estimated 8,000 calves a day, the Tanzania Daily News reports. The East African nation has seen some 16,500 tourists come to watch the event in Serengeti National Park, including 5,800 domestic visitors who are part of a growing African middle class that's boosting...

Half The Sky Launches Facebook Game To Provide Funding For Women And Girls Worldwide

Half The Sky Launches Facebook Game To Provide Funding For Women And Girls Worldwide Feb 20th, 2013 at 3:00PM: About 300 million people play social games on Facebook per month. Now imagine if even a fraction of their time was spent playing games that could trigger funding for positive causes. That's the concept behind "Half the Sky Movement: The Game," a new Facebook game that engages players in a series of stories and adventures related to the challenges facing women and girls worldwide. The journey...

Man Wears 70 Items Of Clothing To Avoid Baggage Fees

Man Wears 70 Items Of Clothing To Avoid Baggage Fees Dec 18th, 2012 at 2:30PM: An air traveler ended up wearing 70 items of clothing in an effort to avoid extra baggage charges at an airport in China. Digital Spy says a local paper reported that an unidentified passenger at Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport took out and wore more than 60 shirts and nine pairs of pants when his luggage exceeded the weight limit. He is described as looking like a "sumo...

Kenya Festival A Showcase Of Culture, Old School

Kenya Festival A Showcase Of Culture, Old School Nov 7th, 2012 at 2:00PM: The annual Lamu Cultural Festival in Kenya is a showcase of tradition featuring much of what earned the island off Africa's northern coast its World Heritage Site designation in 2001. Coming up November 15-18, 2012, the three-day festival offers a unique opportunity to explore the history, people, sights and sounds of Africa. Lamu Island is home to Lamu Town, Kenya's oldest continually...

Ivory poaching on the rise thanks to Asian demand and a legal loophole

Ivory poaching on the rise thanks to Asian demand and a legal loophole Jan 2nd, 2012 at 4:00PM: The poaching of elephant tusks is a growing problem due to increased demand from Asian nations, the Kenyan newspaper Business Daily reports. A loophole in the UN law regulating the ivory trade allows Japan and China to legally purchase some ivory from selected nations under tightly controlled contracts. This has encouraged poachers to smuggle their illegal goods to Asia. Once there, it's much...

Travel the world through the photography of Kyle Marquardt

Travel the world through the photography of Kyle Marquardt Dec 24th, 2011 at 3:00PM: While there are a lot of beautiful travel photos out there, the images of Kyle Marquardt have a way of capturing those quick, often missed moments while helping people to discover places not often seen by tourists, like a penguin the first second he goes to jump out of the water, a cheetah in hot pursuit of a gazelle, or an iceberg half underwater and half above. So how does he capture such moving...

Packing for a Camping Safari: What's in My Bag?

Packing for a Camping Safari:  What's in My Bag? Aug 23rd, 2011 at 2:00PM: 600 dollars for vaccinations, that's what I spent in preparation for an upcoming trip to Tanzania. A pile. Still, it's better than the alternative: getting a near fatal or certainly trip ruining illness. Now that the sticker shock has eased and I've got full use of my arm again, I've turned to gathering my belongings for an upcoming safari trip. Here's a round up of what's in my bag. A...

Top ten most crowded islands in the world

Top ten most crowded islands in the world Jul 7th, 2011 at 12:30PM: From an island microslum in Colombia to a haute enclave in central Paris, the ten most crowded islands in the world bear scant similarities in class or culture. In fact, every entry in the top ten comes from a different country. But being islands, each shares the common thread of scarcity - whether it be land, resources, or housing. In general, these islands are prophetical microcosms for an...

Kenya attempts to reconcile wildlife and people

Kenya attempts to reconcile wildlife and people May 27th, 2011 at 1:00PM: Two recent articles in the Nairobi Star highlight the Kenyan government's efforts to preserve wildlife while keeping the human population happy. Kenya has always been a top safari destination and tourism is a major source of hard currency. Unfortunately, tensions between people and wildlife are heightening in Kenya and all over Africa due to deforestation and population pressures. Earlier...

Discovery Adventures travel company debuts 2011's Discovery Channel-inspired trips

Discovery Adventures travel company debuts 2011's Discovery Channel-inspired trips Mar 3rd, 2011 at 2:30PM: Armchair traveler red alert! Discovery Adventures is offering eight new Discovery Channel-inspired cultural trips for 2011, including Greece, Turkey, Italy, France, Japan, and East Africa. Explore archaeological sites near Athens, visit wineries in Tuscany, safari in Kenya, or soak in hot springs in the Japanese Alps. Trips are limited to 16 people, and run from eight to 15 days. Accommodations...

Photo of the Day - Tour d'Afrique

Photo of the Day - Tour d'Afrique Jan 18th, 2011 at 5:00PM: The 2011 Tour d'Afrique is officially underway! Just three days ago, more than 120 cyclists set off from Cairo, Egypt on a four month, 7,375 mile race across the world's most exotic and alluring continent. The competitors will pedal through Egypt, Sudan, Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia, Botswana, and Namibia before aiming to arrive in Cape Town, South Africa on May 14th. If you...

Grantourismo blogger on guidebooks and travel writing

Grantourismo blogger on guidebooks and travel writing Nov 30th, 2010 at 11:00AM: Last week I posted a Q & A with blogger Lara Dunston and her husband and partner Terence Carter about their travel project and blog Grantourismo. In addition to good advice about renting a vacation apartment and getting "under the skin" of a place when traveling, they had a lot of interesting things to say about guidebooks, both from their experiences writing them and how they see travelers...

Top ten hotel rooms with a view

Top ten hotel rooms with a view Nov 11th, 2010 at 10:30AM: Hotels aren't the sum of travel, but the right hotel can bring magic to a journey. Friendly employees, amazing furnishings, and great locations can all make a good holiday great. And an exceptional view, above and beyond the rest, can stick in one's memory forever. Here are ten hotels strewn around the world, each with ridiculously stunning views. 1. Shearwater Resort, Saba. Shearwater's...

Daily Pampering: 'Out of Africa' experience in Kenya

Daily Pampering: 'Out of Africa' experience in Kenya Jul 30th, 2010 at 4:00PM: Luxury is alive in the African bush. The famous Finch Hattons located in Tsavo, West National Park, Kenya, is home to some of the best animal watching under the stars. You could call it a 'rustic-chic' getaway, or you could just call it a simply amazing once-in-a-lifetime experience. However you choose to label this hideaway, it's a trip you'll never forget. The long flight to Africa will allow...

Travel + Leisure names the world's best hotels

Travel + Leisure names the world's best hotels Jul 8th, 2010 at 3:00PM: You deserve the very best. You've worked hard, probably played a little hard, and you're ready to reward yourself by splurging on a much-needed gateway. So, where do the best of the best go when they want to escape? With the help of their readers, Travel + Leisure editors released the 2010 World's Best awards. The lists include everything from airlines to islands, and hotels to cruise ships....

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