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Blog posts of '2013' 'April'

Coronation Everest
An Evening with Jan Morris. May 8, 2013, 7 pm – 8:15 pm. New York City.
What a treat! Jan Morris is on these shores, in conversation with the roving conversationalist Don George (and on the handsome stage of the TimesCenter auditorium). A benefit for the American Himalayan Foundation, click here for more information and to buy tickets. The event is partly in honor of the 60th anniversary of the first ascent of Everest on May 29, 1953 by Tenzing Norgay and Edmund Hillary.
Beautiful Whale
An aquanaut of the first order, Bryant Austin creates mesmerizing high resolution portraits of the great whales in breathtaking life-size. With nothing more than a Hasselblad studio camera, snorkel, a lot of time and an inspired idea, the California-native traveled to Tonga, the Great Barrier Reef and Dominica in the West Indies, loitering with these great giants.
Sarapiquí, Costa Rica
Kindly contributed by Richard Garrigues, author of The Birds of Costa Rica (and of Finding Birds in Costa Rica, a website dedicated to birders interested in Costa Rica).
The Sarapiquí region is one of the most species-rich birding areas in the country, offering easy access to excellent birding sites in the Caribbean lowlands and foothills. The annual Christmas Bird Count organized by
Africa by DC-3
Kindly contributed by Peter Gardiner, who counts himself fortunate to work with WWF.
Tooling around on a chartered DC-3 from the '30s is a grand way to travel. Ours was truly the most wonderful trip to Africa with a great group and outstanding wildlife encounters. Everyone had multiple leopard sightings -- and I mean full-on sightings, strolling along beside the Land Rover -- along with countless elephants with calves, hippo, giraffe, zebra, impala, kudu, lechwe, baboon, and prides of lions including cubs. In the Okavango Delta we witnessed a pack of rare wild dog take down an impala right in front of our Land Rovers.
Amazing Africa
Published in GEO, Life, Paris Match, L'Express, Stern, National Geographic and other publications, Pascal Maitre captures the diversity of  peoples, traditions, landscapes and living conditions across Africa in 147 double-page, richly hued and stunning photographs in this gorgeous tribute. Published in conjunction with UNESCO, the photographs cover 25 different African countries over the course of 30 years. We're featuring this extraordinary book, the new edition of Frans Lanting's Okavango, Jonathan Kingdon's remarkable, six-volume Mammals of Africa, Michael Poliza's
Destination Stewardship Award
Peaks of the Balkans – from the countries of Albania, Kosovo, Montenegro – was awarded the Tourism for Tomorrow Destination Stewardship Award at the World Travel & Tourism Council’s 13th Global Summit in Abu Dhabi on April 9. Bill Clinton delivered the keynote address. The three other winners were El Nido Resorts in the Philippines (Community Benefit Award), South Africa’s Luxury Safari Lodge & Beyond (Conservation Award) and Air New Zealand (Global Tourism Business Award). The TTA is chaired by Costas Christ, an editor of National Geographic Traveler and the judges this year also included Jalsa Urubshurow, President of Nomadic Expeditions.