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,…

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.