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Christa Markley

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Exploring South Africa: Perspectives for Student Programs

For many educators and global studies leaders, the ideal educational program offers a range of content across multiple academic disciplines, and opportunities to explore complex themes in real-world applications. Easily accessed, with a depth of content in biology, conservation, culture, and ...

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South Africa: A look beyond megadiversity

South Africa, one of the planet's 17 “megadiverse” countries, is world-famous for its impressive biodiversity and endemism of flora and fauna.  But a closer look reveals a larger story of conservation leadership, resource management, and social challenges as a result of colonial and Apartheid ...

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Designing a memorable safari experience around your interests

When most people imagine an East African safari, they picture an adventure to witness amazing wildlife like elephants, lions, and zebras. Though this is an accurate depiction, a safari can be so much more than strictly a wildlife expedition....

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Photo essay from the Himalayas: the Quest for the Snow Leopard

Apr 25, 2019 | | by Christa Markley

Todd Gustafson of Gustafson Photo Safari recently led a photography expedition to the Himalayas in search of the elusive snow leopard. This remote and mountainous wilderness of northern India once posed a challenge for potential travelers, but thanks to the Snow Leopard Conservancy, tourism ...

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Costa Rica Quests bring together conservation and community

Mar 13, 2019 |

From the Field

| by Christa Markley

In late November 2018, on a day like any other in Costa Rica’s dry season, representatives from  nature and birding organizations grabbed their day packs and set out into the forests of Sarapiquí. Their mission: explore not only its abundant biodiversity and conservation history, but also its ...

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News Bin - December 14, 2018

Dec 14, 2018 |

News Roundup

| by Christa Markley

Bringing you the latest news, information, and resources from around the web. In the December 14th edition, read more about the following:...

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Fighting the crowds: Seeking solutions to overtourism at World Tourism Day Forum and beyond

Oct 30, 2018 |

Conservation

| by Christa Markley

Imagine yourself at Machu Picchu. We’ve all seen photos of this iconic attraction, so it’s easy to conjure: there you are, gazing out on the abandoned stone sanctuary and jagged green peaks, as a gentle mist hangs silently over the scene, beckoning you to explore. Maybe there’s a llama grazing ...

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News Bin - October 30, 2018

Oct 30, 2018 |

News Roundup

| by Christa Markley

Bringing you the latest news, information, and resources from around the web. In the October 30th edition, read more about the following:...

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The message in the medium: which social channel is for you?

Aug 1, 2018 |

Tips and Resources

| by Christa Markley

Chances are you’ve been told that social media is the best way to expand your marketing reach. But you may be at a loss as to which channel is the best medium for you, as a group travel planner. Where should you invest your effort? Which is best for a type of message? Here we break down three ...

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Into the Heart of Wild India

For many, India travel evokes visions of resplendent temples and palaces, aromatic spices, traditional dress and dance....

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