Women in Conservation – Daphne Sheldrick

Nationality: Kenya / Britain Conservation Focus: Elephants Kenyan-born Brit Daphne (Jenkins) Sheldrick was always a stand-out, and upon finishing her primary schooling in 1950, was offered a scholarship to attend university. Instead, she chose to marry a WW2 hero, farmer, and park warden named David, and join him in his life of working and protecting…

Women in Conservation – Laurie Marker

Nationality: USA Conservation Focus: Cheetahs In 1974,  a zoological park called Wildlife Safari, in Winston Oregon hired on a 20-year-old Ms. Marker as a veterinary assistant. It wasn’t long before she became the clinic supervisor, and had her first hands-on exposure to captive, breeding cheetahs. It was there that she fell in love with this majestic,…

Women in Conservation – Birutė Galdikas

Nationality: Canada Conservation Focus: Orangutans At only 25 years old, Birutė Galdikas set out on a journey against incredible odds – into the untamed, unstudied, often-hostile jungles of Borneo in search of the orange-hued great ape that had so far evaded major study – the orangutan. The tiny, thatched-roof hut she lived in was bombarded by carnivorous…

Five Fast Facts About Polar Bears

Happy International Polar Bear Day, travelers! How much do you know about the snow white bears who live in some of the coldest temperatures on Earth? Three of our team members here at Classic Escapes have had the good fortune of seeing polar bears up close and personal. Lori saw them from a tundra vehicle,…

Stacy’s Letter – February 2019

¡Hola, Travelers! Is it spring yet? Here in the office we are anxious for warmer weather and some brave little sprouts of green to show up around the city. Snowstorms and hot cocoa have their place, but we’re more than ready for straw hats and Easter eggs and our yearly Classic Escapes potluck! For those…

Fun Facts about the Amazon Rainforest

The largest rainforest on Earth is a marvel of nature. Its powerful central river system gives life to its unmatched wealth of endemic species. Its bounty of resources have become a part of every day life in the western world. It is both mysterious and familiar, with many treasures still hiding under its canopy.

Spotlight on Colombia

Columbia is full of great scenery, history culture and amazing cuisine! Learn about the Amazon, the Andes, Cocora Valley, Colombian cuisine, something called the “River of Five Colors,” Tayrona National Park, the city of Bogota and more…

Mother Language Day at Classic Escapes

How’s it going, travelers? February 21st is Mother Language Day, and we have a variety of mother languages here at the office. Here’s a sampling of some useful phrases in the mother tongues of our team:   Stacy, Vivian, Julie, and Diana are from Greece: Mother phrase: Éla Literal Translation: Come now Actual Meaning: This word can…

Stacy’s Letter – January 2019

Assa binidica, Travelers! Happy 2019! A new year brings new things and what better way to invite you to our new blog than with my January letter? This will be our home for our wonderful infographics about various destinations, company news, photos, and more. We hope you enjoy having everything in one place and check…