The most elusive wildlife species tend to be found in untouched, boundless environments. To set eyes on these species requires world-class guides and trusted contacts in remote places; people who understand the landscape and behavioural traits of the local fauna better than any others. We have been fortunate to work with a handful of such talented individuals, who monitor and protect animals in a variety of environments. These are six unforgettable wildlife experiences we are able to work into our innovative travel experiences:
Located in the northern extremities of the world, to visit Svalbard is to step into an environment far better suited to polar bears than humans. And to see them in their natural habitat is to appreciate their innate ability to survive in one of the most hostile and raw places on Earth. Depending on the time of year, you will track the bears on sleds pulled by huskies, on snowmobiles, or by zodiac boats, allowing you to get into otherwise inaccessible locations. Each sighting of a polar bear is a special moment.
Zambia’s bat migration is one of the natural world’s most incredible sightings, as some eight million giant fruit bats descend into a small area of Kasanka National Park each year to feed. The sky is turned dark with bats each morning and evening and the sound of screeching is gloriously deafening. You’ll scale wooden ladders into the forest canopy to get amongst the action and watch eagles crashing into the swarms to tackle the bats on the wing.
Snow leopards have adapted to survive in one of the harshest environments on Earth, notably the wild, snow-capped mountain ranges in the northern reaches of India. Catching a glimpse of these majestic creatures requires patience, fitness, and a guide who has an in-depth knowledge of the region. Pelorus works with the guides who helped the BBC Natural History unit track and film snow leopards for Planet Earth, and while a sighting can never be guaranteed, these people offer the best opportunity to see one in its natural habitat.