As part of the partnership with The Nature Conservancy announced earlier this year, Zegrahm Expeditions, a leader in small-ship cruising and overland adventures, has welcomed The Nature Conservancy’s Melanesia Programme Director and Senior Scientist, Dr. Rick Hamilton, on its November Faces of Melanesia expedition. The first of several joint trips with The Conservancy, Hamilton will be part of the expedition team, educating guests on conservation projects underway in the region during lectures, site visits while in ports of call and through informal discussions.
One of the most noteworthy conservation projects in the works is restoring healthy sea turtle populations in the Solomon Islands. In working directly with island communities, Hamilton and his colleagues were able to quantify the first known example of recovery for a western Pacific hawksbill rookery in the Arnavon Islands. On Zegrahm’s expedition, guests will be able to see — and participate in — similar work being done in another part of the Solomon Islands. On Tetepare Island, travellers will have the opportunity to join in turtle tagging by following local guides to find the turtles; bringing them back to shore to be tagged, weighed and measured; and then releasing them back to the sea.
“We are thrilled to have Dr. Hamilton travelling with us in November — his knowledge of the region and its culture and marine life will be the perfect complement to our team of noted ornithologists, anthropologists, marine biologists and naturalists.” says Zegrahm President, Van Perry. “We are really looking forward to this exciting opportunity to showcase The Nature Conservancy’s work in a region we have been exploring for nearly 10 years.”
Zegrahm’s partnership with The Nature Conservancy allows its travellers to learn more about The Conservancy’s work in 69 countries, as well as impart what we can all do to help protect nature. Plus, a portion of each guest’s trip cost will be contributed to The Conservancy over a three-year period to help fund conservation work — such as sea turtle restoration projects — across the globe.
Zegrahm Expeditions has announced an exclusive offer to Virtuoso agents: Offer clients a $1000 per person air credit on small-ship cruises and $500 per person air credit on overland adventures—and agents will receive a $500 booking bonus. Offer expires 30 September 2016.