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A Kopje Story in the Serengeti

By: Ian Shanahan
In the Serengeti, some oases are more about rock than water. As relatively soft volcanic rock erodes away, protrusions of ancient granite from the underlying bedrock remain, thus creating impressive rocky islands known as kopjes.  On the alumni UBC safari through Tanzania in February, 2017, tour leader and UBC alumnus Greg Sharam plans to host a picnic or two atop a kopje. When Dr. Shara...

The Gelada Baboon

By: Ian Shanahan
Africa’s Great Rift Valley is a hotbed of paleontology, with so many answers about the origins of humanity having been excavated from its ancient soil over the years. Atop the soil, there roams a primate that represents the final species remaining from the previously diverse genus of Theropithecus that once comprised several grazing species across Africa and parts of India. Not only is the h...

Splendid Isolation: The Allure of Iceland

By: Mark Cwik
A friend recently asked me to name three things that keep drawing me back to Iceland. The first two were easy and have remained the same through each trip I’ve made. First is the place itself, its wild beauty – mountains, volcanoes, glaciers, fjords, waterfalls, hot springs, geysers, lava fields and moss fields. Iceland is simply spectacular. When you go there, you’ll want to ...

Belize & Tikal - Motmots and the Maya

By: Sherry Kirkvold
When it comes to looking at birds, I have to say I am quite enamoured with the flashy dressers. Included in my all-time favourites are the motmots. Most of them are substantial in size, beautifully coloured, and some even have fancy racket tails. I first encountered members of this group while travelling in Honduras and later in other Central American countries. So when leading the Quest Nature To...

Four Things that Surprised Me about Myanmar

By: Samantha Clark
1) The sheer number of stupas I saw.As we cruised up the Irrawaddy River and wandered through towns and villages, I could spot a dazzling golden stupa at almost every moment. I learned how their design has evolved over time since the 7th century and usually enshrines a holy relic.   2) Loving kindness everywhere I went. I greatly admired the loving kindness that everyone exudes, despite the r...

Peruvian Scallops, Fish and Mango Ceviche Recipe

By: Brisa Deneumostier
We Peruvians are very proud of our ceviche. It is said that before the Spaniards came, ceviche was done with dry salted fish, ají (Peruvian hot pepper) and Tumbo juice (banana passion fruit). It is after the Spaniards came and together with the Moorish influence that ingredients like: onions, lime juice, cilantro and garlic were added.During the 19th and 20th century a great number of Japanes...