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The Return of Singapore’s Urban Otters

by Peter Barto on February 10th, 2019

I recently had the opportunity to go back to Singapore, and was anxious to get a glimpse of the rebounding smooth-coated otter population (Lutra perspicillata). These beauties have been in the news there over the last few years – the last time I was in Singapore there had been no sightings of otters, and recent More…

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In Costa Rica’s Corcovado National Park – Yellow-headed caracara groovin’ with a Baird’s tapir

by Jeepney Projects on August 16th, 2018

While recently trekking through Costa Rica, we made our way down to the beautiful Osa Peninsula and the Corcovado National Park. Up to that point we had been witness to all sorts of Costa Rica’s wonderful critters, from Resplendent quetzals, kinkajous, olingos and Keel-billed toucans up in the cloud forest region, to Spectacled caiman, Three-toed More…

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The Storks of Marrakech

by Peter Barto on February 7th, 2016

When first planning a short trip to Morocco, my initial vision was to ride camels in the Sahara, drink tea by moonlight on the endless red sands, gorge myself on lamb and spice, and hope to spot an addax or fennec or even a Barbary macaque wandering about. I had to compromise with a few days in chaotic Marrakech and a journey through the wild Atlas Mountains… More…

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An Andalusian Idyll

by Peter Barto on December 11th, 2015

A recent journey to Spain’s Andalusia region led me to a remarkable place – El Torcal de Antequera, a nature reserve located in the Sierra del Torcal mountain range. A Seussian landscape of karst, pine trees and wild flowers, with limestone pillars taking on all sorts of bizarre shapes, El Torcal is a visual treat… More…

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Survival of the Sexiest – Birds of Paradise, Part 1

by David Tomb on February 27th, 2015

Inspired by pals Tim Laman and Ed Scholes of National Geographic and Cornell University and of course, David Attenborough – I finally made good on my dream to travel to the islands of Waigeo to see two of the most beautiful and spectacular birds in the world: Wilson’s Bird of Paradise and Red Bird of Paradise. After 9 flights, 5 boat rides, and at least three… More…

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The Incredible Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica

by Ian Austin on October 28th, 2014

The Corcovado National Park on the Osa Peninsula is a spectacular lowland primary rainforest, considered one of the finest parks in Costa Rica and a world-class biodiversity hotspot. Southwest Costa Rica, and neighboring Panama, provide habitat for numerous endemic and endangered animal and plant species. Jeepney’s science guy Ian Austin visited the Osa Peninsula and the nearby Las Cruces Biological Station on the Pacific slope close to Panama earlier this year… More…

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On the Road Again

by Jeepney Projects on August 5th, 2014

Jeepney Projects’ own David Tomb will soon be heading out to the wilds of Indonesia with birder pal Brian Coleman of Britain and Untu Baware of the Papua Bird Club to see what he can find! Waigeo, Halmahera and Sulawesi are just a few of the exotic locales he’ll be investigating. Birds of Paradise, Pittas, 17 (yes, 17) species of kingfishers and Tarsiers are just some of the amazing critters he hopes to find. David will also check in on local community and conservation efforts on… More…

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Road to Zanzibar

by Peter Barto on February 16th, 2014

The last leg of my U.A.E.-Kenya-Tanzania trek put me on the Road to Zanzibar! A spice-laden gem of a spot sprouting off the Tanzanian coast in the beautiful Indian Ocean, Zanzibar reigns large in tales of romance and high adventure. Besides wanting to soak up the atmosphere of this great cultural crossroads, I fantasized of being the first to rediscover the near-mythic (and now, sadly, extinct) Zanzibar leopard (Panthera pardus adersi) while prowling through the island’s remaining jungle. If nothing else, I wanted to see… More…

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Finding a Bridge in Kenya

by Peter Barto on November 24th, 2013

Peter visits Kenya and returns with stories to tell – The second leg of our journey brought us to a place I had dreamed of since very young – Kenya! Between a steady diet of National Geographic and Wild Kingdom programming, tales of Stanley and Livingstone, and the great Beryl Markham book, “West with the Night”, I was extremely dialed in to finally experience this amazing part of the world. Landing in Nairobi at night kept me from seeing trees full of nesting Marabou Stork, but morning revealed these incredible birds and… More…

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Desert Birding

by Peter Barto on September 10th, 2013

Ah, the beginning of a new adventure! Always an exciting time. The first part of my trek involved a couple of days spent in the United Arab Emirates, in the city (and emirate) of Dubai. Located in the desert of the Arabian Peninsula and along the shores of the Arabian/Persian Gulf, Dubai is an interesting story – it’s incredible growth over the last few decades is well-documented, as well as its amazing, and quite manufactured, displays of prosperity… More…

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