OnSafari: The Blob

Look, if you’re reading this you probably believe that human induced climate change is a serious problem. But like me, you might not have considered it more serious than a bunch of other problems effecting the human race. I’m in London between my Alaskan Trip and my African Safari, and as far flung as these […]

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OnSafari: Prince William Sound

I’m writing to you from my tiny, tiny little cabin on the most wonderful expedition yacht in the world as we race back to Whittier trying to avoid a dangerous storm in Prince William Sound (PWS). Our 6-day PWS cruise was a voyage into a dreamworld of bright, primary colors and loud, symphonic noises. Deep […]

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OnSafari: Alaskan Adventure

Jim is on safari in Alaska, out of touch with neither internet or cell service. Come back next week for his full reports!

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OnSafari: Prince William Sound

Jim is on safari in Alaska guiding in Prince William Sound where there is no internet or cell service. He’ll report back as soon as he can. Come back next week!

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OnSafari: Talkeetna

Talkeetna is known by its bumper sticker, “A Drinking Village with a Climbing Problem.” This is where all the serious climbers of Denali begin, although the climbing season is already over. It’s growing shorter and shorter as Alaska heats up. Denali moves into the summer season by shedding billions of tons of snow in catastrophic […]

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OnSafari: Denali

We saw good bears, some caribou, several fabulous golden eagles and not much else except spectacular scenery and that is what usually makes the Denali experience so fabulous. Especially for us Africaphiles, wildlife is not a Denali feature. We usually see 4-5 bears on the trip from the train station to our lodge in the […]

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OnSafari: Arctic Heat

The ecology of Planet Earth’s Far North is mysterious and often perplexing, today complicated more than anywhere else by global warming. Our first full day in Fairbanks introduced us to the remarkable biology of this Far North. I love to start in Fairbanks, and most of my clients spend a full two nights here, and […]

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OnSafari: Alaska Melts

Everyone in the world but Republicans accept global warming, even now many very conservative Alaskans. Waiting for my luggage in Fairbanks I listened to a conversation from a family member meeting a local warning him that the permafrost had melted so much during his two weeks away that they might not be able to get […]

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On Safari: Off to Alaska!

Today I begin nearly 7 weeks on safari, starting with … you’ll never guess, Alaska! Travelers who focus on natural history usually begin in Africa (I’ll be there in a few weeks) and after one or two safaris there’s a common list of where they go next. The Galapagos and Alaska. I’m not sure I […]

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News

From the outside a big place looks small. From the inside a small place looks big. The Dallas police shootings, the massacre of protestors in Zimbabwe, the shooting of Alton Sterling, the kidnaping of British tourists in Somalia … what really is the difference? Last night I collapsed on the couch and flipped on the […]

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Africa’s Volcano

Not a good idea to be a tourist in Zimbabwe, today. In a still developing situation tourists are stranded and one Australian has been arrested. Several reports confirm the Australian was waving placards in an anti-government demonstration. Tourists at Victoria Falls are also threatened by an absence of transport and electricity. (Both daily scheduled flights […]

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Be Careful What You Support

Wild animals in Africa are threatened as never before by western hypocrisy. Thursday two wildlife organizations, Panthera & WildAid, announced a “Cecil Summit” to plan the allocation of $1.25 billion raised annually to save the lion. This campaign is as absurd as it is distasteful, a stunt playing on good people’s feelings and essentially unmasked […]

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Holiday Weekend

Today begins one of America’s most important holidays of the year, Independence Day! Technically July 4th, Monday, most Americans have extended the weekend to begin today. The 4-day holiday will see more Americans “on the road,” driving pretty long distances to celebrate with relatives and friends or just taking a short vacation than ever before, […]

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Where’s the Beef?

The Tanzanian government and safari companies appear to have embarked on suicide missions as they react to Brexit. Consumers beware : African companies raising prices in today’s climate are probably already deeply in debt. The bottom is falling out of the Tanzanian safari market because the largest single component is the UK traveler. UK travelers […]

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Not So Hidden Wealth

At least 54 billion cubic feet of helium has been found in Tanzania. Add the country’s enormous gold reserves, large uranium deposits, massive coal, nickle and platinum reserves, Tanzania is now one of the richest countries in the world! Or not. Helium’s not as sexy as gold or uranium, but may actually be worth more. […]

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