Travel with GLOBIO

Connecting people, species and planet through travel

Travel with GLOBIO

Why travel with GLOBIO? We have fun! We explore beyond the brochures, and experience the heart of a place.

 

At GLOBIO we have long seen travel and education as partners in creating greater understanding of our share world. GLOBIO grew out of founder Gerry Ellis’ global travel experiences, film-work and education commitment and we have continued to see exploring the world as a key opportunity for people of every age and background to discover, learn and engage.

Travel is a prominent part of our education program. As the most genuine form of experiential learning, travel invites you to immerse yourself within the world, and inspire the curiosity within you. Your journey begins from the moment you book — with educational resources sent right to your inbox to prepare you for your upcoming adventure. With GLOBIO, you won’t just see incredible wildlife and spectacular biodiversity but experience and understand them within their greater global context. In order to understand the broader conservation picture, you will have the chance to:

  • Pre-trip receive specific GLOBIO created books and resources
  • Meet GLOBIO’s local wildlife and conservation partners on the ground where we travel
  • Dinners with conservation partners and researchers
  • Visit local communities that are instrumental in the
    preservation of their environment

Your adventure doesn’t end when you arrive back home — you can look forward to continued engagement with the GLOBIO team over email and special events — to learn more.

We invite you to join us on that journey.

Uganda Great Ape Safari travellers catch a glimpse of chimps in the Kibale National Forest, November 2019

Uganda Great Apes Safari Trip 2020

October 2020- Explore the incredible primates of Uganda, the “Pearl of Africa”.  These two-week Ugandan trips discover chimps in Uganda’s Kibale Forest, look eye-to-eye with critically endangered mountain gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, and discover a dozen monkey species. 

 

Uganda Apes Behind the Lens Tour 2021

2021- Pack up your camera gear and get ready for an intensive 2-week practical course with award winning wildlife filmmaker/photographer Gerry Ellis around the jungles of Uganda. Learn the ins and outs of wildlife photography while capturing wild chimpanzees, wild critically endangered mountain gorillas and a huge variety of other primates and wildlife. 

Bornean Orangutan Adventure 2021

2021- Explore the wonders of the Bornean jungles with GLOBIO’s Bornean Orangutan Adventure! These 9-day long excursions will bring you up close and personal with wild critically endangered Orangutans, as well as multiple primate species and countless amazing birds. Optional 5-day Sumatra  post extension available for those keen to experience wild Sumatran Orangutans. 

Uganda/Rwanda Silverback Safari 2022

2022 – Experience the wonders of Rwanda and Uganda with GLOBIO’s Silverback Safari. These two week trips will take you deep into the lush forests to see the critically endangered mountain gorillas, chimpanzees and countless other primates, while also visiting historic sites of the late Dian Fossey.

Private trips are available upon request. For more information on these and future excursions, contact meg@globio.org

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Backyard Burning: Australia and a Planet on Fire

Backyard Burning: Australia and a Planet on Fire

Extreme climate events driving bushfires

Extreme climate events driving bushfires

The devastating bushfires of Australia are reeking death and destruction across huge portions of the country; these fires are expected to burn for months, fueled by strong winds and extreme weather, leaving a staggering environmental toll. I launched my photographic career and life as a traveler in this magnificent land. My heart aches for the people affected and the wildlife and habitats erased.

The Traveler’s Guide to Australia was my first book. During the five years I lived there, the travel, people and wildlife changed the trajectory of my life. As I watch news coverage of this inferno consume my first foreign home, I’m left with the question of what to do and how to help? How can we all help? There are many organizations and efforts to help the toll on human suffering such as the Australian Red Cross’ Disaster Relief and Recovery, but how to help critical wildlife populations? The fires have pushed Australia’s declining koala population to an even more vulnerable state. Based on news reports at least 25,000 koalas are believed to have died in wildfires in South Australia alone, that may have devastating consequences for the survival of the species. Ecologists based at the University of Sydney estimate that almost half a billion animals have been killed by the fires since September. Thousands of birds, including sulfur-crested cockatoos, have reportedly been falling out of the sky, killed by the intensity of heat stress and smoke.

Here are a few thoughts to donate and help:

  • WIRES, an organization committed to wildlife in Australia
  • Consider a donation to the Port Macquarie Koala Hospital, which rescues koalas in regions across New South Wales.

Australia has always had natural bushfires, some would say it is a land, plant ecology and wildlife fashioned by fire. But the current devastation is anything but natural. Flames have been fueled by temperature extremes born out of the climate chaos that increasingly supercharges weather events like we are witnessing in the Land Down Under. While deniers of every cloth ignore the reality, others hang their heads and pray, and everyone looks to others for a miracle, we all must explore our own lives immediately and find answers. From everything we consume to every one of our actions, we need to examine, think and take personal action to create positive change.

As the Travel editor at National Geographic penned, “It’s not enough to love a land only when the sun shines. Now is the time to care for a faraway place as if it were our own backyard.” My love for this planet changed when I realized it was all my backyard, travel gifted me that perspective, and that gift began in Australia.

It is all our backyard.

— Gerry Ellis, GLOBIO Executive Director and Founder

 

Uganda Great Apes Safari — day 1

Uganda Great Apes Safari — day 1

map Bwindi Impenetrable NP, Travel with GLOBIOPeople often as me what I do on my day off on the road. Well,… clean.

Clean camera gear, clean clothes, clean bags and support gear, and finally clean me. Not really a day off, just a cleaning day.

After the past few weeks in hot and dusty Zambia (temps climbed to near 40c/100+F) the body and gear are welcoming the cooler, moist air in Entebbe, Uganda. Two weeks of chimp and gorilla trekking are just a day away. This is our inaugural Travel with GLOBIO trip — the Uganda Great Apes Safari — and haven’t been this excited to guide in years. Working on Apes Like Us these past few years has been challenging as we tried to figure out how to connect people to great apes. How to make what is happening across the planet to apes like us, and what it inevitably means to us. The Apes Like Us YouTube channel has been one avenue, the education and field programs and projects we have re-invented and re-defined have been another, but getting people out to see apes and what’s happening in the real world is incredibly exciting. Nothing will ever replace the face of a gorilla staring eye-to-eye with you just a few meters away. After three decades it still races my blood with anticipation and excitement.

Sharing the experience of seeing great apes in the wild is not easy. The Congo would be perfect… all of Africa’s great apes are there, bonobos, mountain gorillas, Grauer’s gorillas, chimpanzees, are there but, and it’s a big but, it is simply too difficult to access, to dangerous to risk, and constantly flirts with Ebola outbreaks and rebel break-ins. Uganda, on the other hand is known as the “Pearl of Africa”, it is definitely the jewel of primate discovery, and it is safe. Acclaimed for its outstanding natural beauty and diversity – Uganda is the center of Africa’s “Great Lakes” ecosystem. Over 5,000 chimpanzees populate the lush hilly western region. It’s also in these densely vegetative, “impenetrable”, forests that Uganda’s most famous residents reside—the breathtaking and endangered mountain gorillas. Recent surveys tally just over 600 of these powerful gentle giants, half the world’s population, living in the rainforests of Bwindi. That’s where we will finish this trip in two weeks.

Anthony Bourdain, the travel entrepreneur and global food gypsy, was sharp in his observation that “Travel changes you. As you move through this life and this world you change things slightly, you leave marks behind, however small. And in return, life — and travel — leaves marks on you.”, and it should. The traveler who returns unchanged, unfazed, suffers from a black soul.

As the group trickles into the Protea Hotel, transatlantic time zone victims, weary from sitting for hours, I’m confident there are no black souls. I intend to do everything in my power to shed light on each and every soul joining this trip. To make certain these two weeks leaves at least a mark or two. And one of those marks is a new awareness of great apes and their shared place on our planet.

— Gerry Ellis

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