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Wanna Help Haul a Flock of Flamingos?

Where: Mexico
April 16, 2014 at 3:09 PM | by | Comments (0)

The Occidental Grand Xcaret, located next to the eco-archeological Xcaret Park in Riviera Maya, Mexico, is giving guests two unique ways to get a hands-on conservation experience.

Option 1: an opportunity to get up and close and personal with the hotel's Flamingo Flock as a trainer. Every day hotel guests can help park trainers carry the flamingos one-by-one into a public area during their "walk around times" in the morning and afternoon. Talk about getting "hands on" with the local wildlife!

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Crabs, Crabs Everywhere But Not a One to Eat: Spotting the Christmas Island Locals

April 3, 2014 at 4:40 PM | by | Comments (0)

A tiny stamp of land in the Indian Ocean, Christmas Island is a haven for crabs, birds, and, as a territory of Australia, even for asylum-seekers. Why would anyone pay the expensive airfare and trek so far to visit Christmas Island? This is the question we'll be answering all week.

Yesterday we showed you how to get to the distant tropical paradise of Christmas Island, so it's about time we highlight what's actually worth doing on the island.

Along with rocky shorelines, killer sunrises and sunsets, the island is home to a plethora of exotic animals. The most popular of these, and certainly the most visible, is the red crab, which migrates across the island to spawn and hatch their young once a year. Although the island is completely taken over by the crabs in the Southern Hemisphere's early summer, rest assured spotting the crabs isn't a difficult feat any other time of the year. These little red decapods can be found all over the place, mingling with plenty of other crab varieties, like robber, blue, hermit, little nipper and ghost crabs.

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You've Heard of Cat Cafes, but What About Puppy Cafes?

February 7, 2014 at 11:02 AM | by | Comments (0)

Cat Cafes are nothing new, but you'd think so with all the talk this week surrounding the rumors that Boston and San Francisco are locked in a race to open the USA's first such cafe full of felines. The Atlantic reported that while "Miaou Boston" and "KitTea San Francisco" have launched social media channels and filed approvals, neither has yet appeased authorities when it comes to allowing animals and food to peacefully coexist for commerce.

While we patiently wait for a resolution, Canada has however succeeded in making progress towards the debut of what will be the first cat cafe in North America: Café Chat l’Heureux in Montreal. The grand opening, which isn't excepted until this summer, will naturally be step one towards the cafe's goal to "facilitate the adoption of cats, promote the awareness of animal issues, and hopefully better the lives of customers with calming 'cat therapy.'"

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How to Volunteer at the Florida Keys' Dolphin Research Center

February 5, 2014 at 2:53 PM | by | Comments (0)

There are plenty of places along the Florida coast to see dolphins, swim with dolphins, or even kiss a few dolphins, but there is also one that is simply dedicated to learning about dolphins.

The Dolphin Research Center, located on Grassy Key, is a nonprofit education and research facility that hosts public programs and non-invasive research projects. The colony of bottlenose dolphins and sea lions that call the DRC home live in a natural environment and help researchers learn how they think and how they behave.

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A Tale of Two Groundhogs: Pennsylvania and Ohio Have a Weather Rivalry

February 3, 2014 at 9:52 AM | by | Comments (0)

So what if Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow and held that there'd be six more weeks of winter? CNN doesn't even believe in his credibility: "The good news is that, according to analysis by the National Climatic Data Center, Phil is wrong most of the time."

And if Phil is wrong, then that means somebody's got to be right. For 2014, that honor goes to Ohio's own official groundhog weatherman, Buckeye Chuck, who didn't see his shadow and predicted an early spring. Staten Island Chuck of New York and General Beauregard Lee of Georgia even have their own less influential groundhog opinions, but the fact of the matter is that Ohio's big rodent may be slowly supplanting Phil in popularity and prediction success.

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Even Falcons Get to Fly on Commercial Aircraft

January 24, 2014 at 3:54 PM | by | Comment (1)

Have you ever flown with a pet? It can be a frustrating experience, not to mention expensive, but from time to time even four-legged and feathered friends need to go on vacation too.

This brings us around to the above photo, of two men traveling in economy class on a flight either to or from the middle east, who are enjoying a little in-flight entertainment, a little nap, and a little quality time with their falcons.

The image comes courtesy of @mrstrefusis on Twitter, who explains a bit further: "my friend who lives in the UAE sent it to me - I've asked him if it's something he saw himself or if he found it on t'interweb."

Now, next time we see a traveler trying to calm a yapping dog, we'll just be happy we're not sitting next to two birds of prey with very real claws and very real sharp beaks.

[Photo: @mrstrefusis, hat tip to @runwaygirl]

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How Five Festive Zoos are Celebrating the Season

December 18, 2013 at 9:49 AM | by | Comments (0)

Even if there’s still way too much shopping left it’s fine to take a little holiday break to enjoy the season. Load up on the hot chocolate or one of those red cup beverages from Starbucks and head out to the zoo. It might not seem that seasonal, but when they flip the switch on the lights and decorations it becomes a winter wonderland. Here’s a few zoos doing the Christmas lights thing this holiday season:

Christmas at the Zoo – Indianapolis Zoo, Indiana

At the Indianapolis Zoo they have been having this kind of fun for 45 years, and things continue this year each and ever night—between 5pm and 9pm—through December 30. They actually claim the title for the first zoo in the country to do this kind of thing, so we can only assume they know how to combine animals with the holidays—like the holiday dolphin shows. There’s carolers, LED lights everywhere you look, and even Santa is around to say hello. Offseason admission starts at $10 for adults, and all the seasonal stuff is included with your ticket.

Zoo Lights – Houston Zoo, Texas

This is the best chance to celebrate the holidays at the zoo well into the New Year, as the Houston Zoo does their Zoo Lights thing through January 4—with a couple days off on Christmas and Christmas Eve. Things run between 6pm and 10pm, as the zoo is transformed into a winter wonderland. Stroll through the oak trees that have been covered in colorful LED lights, and then take in their holiday trains, dollhouse village, and enchanted forest. Even some of the critters will be around to check things out as well, as the lights do their thing in and around where the cougars, jaguars, lions, and leopards call home. Admission here is $10 if you order things in advance, but at the gate it’ll be $12.

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The Adventures of Travel Cat: Patient and Prim in Sydney, Australia

November 20, 2013 at 9:38 AM | by | Comments (0)

Kitty cats. They rule the internet and, whether we realize it or not, pretty much the world too. Ever noticed how cats sometimes stake out the coolest spots in a city? This new feature—Travel Cat—focuses on exactly that. Submit a photo to be featured by tweeting or Instagramming it to us (details below).

Travel Cat spotted in: the Paddington neighborhood of Sydney, Australia.

This prim and proper little puss was spotted waiting on the stoop of its home, in a neighborhood known for its cute cat population. Paddington is a section of Sydney where streets are lined with terrace houses and worker's cottages, and on a nice night you'll spy a scene similar to this on more than a few front porches.

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Is There Anything Cuter Than Puppies on a Plane?

November 14, 2013 at 9:04 AM | by | Comments (0)

Yesterday—November 13, 2013—was more than just another Wednesday. For Virgin America and a group of homeless chihuahua puppies, it was "Operation Chihuahua Airlift" and the promise of a positive future. Through a partnership with the City of San Francisco Animal Care and Control (SFACC), Virgin America flies these doggies from Los Angesles-LAX to Newark-EWR with the goal of delivering them to loving homes through the ASPCA (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals).

This is actually the 5th airlift by Virgin America for the pups, and it's probably not the last since the operation is all about achieving this heartwarming goal: "The overpopulation of Chihuahuas in California continues to force animal shelters on the West Coast to look to shelters on the East Coast for help – where there is demand for the dogs among apartment-dwelling New Yorkers."

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The Adventures of Travel Cat: Stoop-Sitting in Ponsonby, Auckland

November 13, 2013 at 12:39 PM | by | Comments (0)

Kitty cats. They rule the internet and, whether we realize it or not, pretty much the world too. Ever noticed how cats sometimes stake out the coolest spots in a city? This new feature—Travel Cat—focuses on exactly that. Submit a photo to be featured by tweeting or Instagramming it to us (details below).

Travel Cat spotted in: the Ponsonby neighborhood of Auckland, New Zealand.

This black and white bucket of fuzz was just hanging out on the stoop of one of the Victorian villas of the Ponsonby suburb of Auckland. We hesitate to call Ponsonby a suburb, however, since almost all of downtown is a measly 20-30 minute walk away. This cat is one well-located feline.

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Why You Should Visit DC's National Zoo ASAP

November 6, 2013 at 6:36 PM | by | Comments (0)

Usually we save zoo travel posts for the spring and summer, since that's when people go to zoos, and we like to be helpful. But there are exceptions to every rule, and - wouldn't you know it - baby animals count as some of those exceptions.

The Washington DC National Zoo has in recent months been blessed with quite a few baby animals. Lots of the attention has been lavished in particular on the zoo's new baby panda and two new baby tigers. All were born around the same time and all were in the news today.

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What Not to Do on an African Safari: The Top Five Tourist Mistakes

Where: Kenya
November 5, 2013 at 11:52 AM | by | Comments (0)

Safaris are, by their nature, extremely photogenic. All those lush landscapes, the exotic wildlife, and skies that utterly captivate are begging to be captured on camera. Even better, photographic safaris go one step further by offering travelers experiences and locations specifically with photography in mind, and in many cases with professional instruction.

If you love photography, an African safari can be a life-changing experience, but to get the most out of your trip, here's Jaunted's guide for What Not To Do on an African Safari: The Top 5 Tourist Mistakes:

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