The rarest species, the ones that are the most precious to encounter, usually live in difficult-to-reach locales with plenty of places to hideaway. Finding them often requires a lifetime of experience, and we’re fortunate to have strong relationships with talented individuals who also share our strong conservation ethos. Here are six of the most remarkable encounters that we can include on a custom travel itinerary:
Firmly situated above the Arctic Circle, Svalbard, with its snowy expanses and imposing arctic sea cliffs, is an environment tailormade for the polar bear. With variations depending on the time of year, you’ll look for the bears from behind a yapping team of huskies, skirting Svalbard’s scenic coast in a zodiac, or by snowmobile. Reaching usually inaccessible locations, you’ll be awestruck watching these remarkable animals in their natural habitat.
Every year, the skies above Zambia’s Kasanka National Park turn black as millions of giant fruit bats return to one of their favorite feeding grounds. Using ladders to get above the forest canopy and into the heart of this phenomenal experience, you’ll be engulfed in the bats’ screeching and dazzled by the spectacle of the eagles swooping in to hunt.
Working with the same guides who teamed up with the BBC Planet Earth film crew for its remarkable footage of snow leopards in the mountains of north India, you can have the opportunity to see this near-mystical large cat with Pelorus. Tracking these stealthy, sensitive animals is a matter of patience and—considering snow leopards live in some of the harshest environments on the planet—fitness. Nothing is guaranteed with a snow leopard, but this experience will give you your best possible chance at seeing one amid the snowy crags.