Sun Bear Cub at the Borneo Sun Bear Conservation Centre in Sabah

Sun Bears Are Identified By Crescent-Shaped Patches on Their Chests

A Sneak Peak at the

Borneo Sun Bear Conservation Centre 

(The following is a guest post by Leyla Giray Alyanak, a former foreign correspondent who belonged to the WWF International management team, and now blogs about her travels at Women on the Road. If you’re a blogger interested in contributing a guest post, please contact Bret Love at


When the Borneo Sun Bear Conservation Centre opens its doors to the public in early 2014, visitors will be treated to a rare sight: 28 of the world’s smallest bears, as curious about us as we are about them.


I was fortunate to get a sneak peek behind the scenes at the BSBCC on a recent visit to the Malaysian state of Sabah. Everything is set: The visitor center and a second bear house are being built, and half a dozen cubs are already clambering over tree trunks and branches, looking around with mischief in their eyes.


Guaranteeing the Sun Bear’s survival in Borneo is one of the main reasons behind the conservation centre, and protecting its rainforest habitat is part of the centre’s mission. Unfortunately, Helarctos malayanus has been under serious threat throughout the rest of its range. In some places, including Bangladesh, China, India, Myanmar and Vietnam, it has all but disappeared.

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The Garifuna Collective in 2013

Photo by Peter Rakossy

The Garifuna Collective

Preserves the Rich Culture of Belize

The Garifuna culture of Belize has been a fascination of mine for over a decade now: It’s one of my primary reasons for ranking the country so highly on my “Dream Trips” wish list. Located south of Belize City near Dandriga, the small fishing community of Hopkins Village has preserved this remarkably rich culture for hundreds of years.


The Garinagu people, whose language and culture is called Garifuna, descend from shipwrecked Africans whose ancestry can be traced back to the Yoruba, Ibo, and Ashanti tribes of Ghana, Nigeria, and Sierra Leone. After making their way to Central America, they intermarried with Carib and Arawak Amerindians, and came to be known by the British as “Black Caribs.” Their music, dance, food and clothing offers a mixture of African, Amerindian and Spanish influences that is unique to Central America.

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Jason deCaires Taylor's Cancun Underwater Museum Sculptures

Jason deCaires Taylor Poses Alongside His Sculptures

Artist Jason deCaires Taylor

On His Stunning Cancun Underwater Museum


I first see her from a distance, on her knees in the sand. Her back is arched, her face and hands lifted towards the heavens as if in divine reverence. Rays of light dance across her face and nude body. She appears to me as an angel, seemingly emerging from beneath the ocean floor rather than floating on clouds. Her name is “The Phoenix,” and, like many of the statues at the Cancun Underwater Museum, she holds me transfixed with her beauty…

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How To Be A Better Blogger: GGT's Blogging Mentorship Program

How To Be A Better Blogger

GGT’s Blogging Mentorship Program


When we first started Green Global Travel in late 2010, we had NO idea what we were doing.


Sure, I had 17 years of experience as a professional writer and editor, running INsite Magazine and freelancing for publications ranging from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution to Rolling Stone. I knew how to generate and manage content, oversee a staff of writers and interns, and work with PR people. But I’d never even read a travel blog before, much less run one.


For the first year we ran the site as a side-project, focusing on my freelance career and our successful improv comedy business.  We had no presence on Twitter. We didn’t do any SEO. Hell, we weren’t even on WordPress! But we knew precisely the sort of respected brand we wanted GGT to be, and early interest from WWF and Sustainable Travel International gave us hope that our labor of love would grow organically.

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Vinagrillo (a.k.a. Common Sorrel) at the Base of Torres Del Paine

A Field of Vinagrillo (a.k.a. Common Sorrel) at the Base of Torres Del Paine

Patagonia Flora

The Flowers of Torres Del Paine National Park


The Patagonia flora is not the first thing you’ll notice during a visit to Torres Del Paine National Park, the centerpiece of Chile’s burgeoning ecotourism industry.


Located 70 miles north of the nearest town, Puerto Natales, this is a land primarily known for its larger-than-life natural attractions: Big blue skies, expansive fields of grass and common sorrel, glaciers that stretch as far as the eye can see, megafauna such as guanacos and Andean condors, and of course the majestic mountain peaks of the Paine massif itself.


With so much “WOW!”-worthy eye candy vying for your attention, you’ll be forgiven if it takes you a while to look down and notice the magical minutiae of the miniature forest at your feet. When we visited Chile last November, it was spring in the Southern Hemisphere, with flowers of myriad shapes and colors miraculously working their way through the arid soil of this harsh climate, where winds frequently whip at speeds of up to 80 mph.


Perhaps it’s no surprise that the flora of Patagonia tends to be diminutive: Most of the flowers pictured below were smaller than your thumbnail. But what they lack in size they more than make up for in color and complexity, from the yellow and white “tongues” of the Porcelain Orchid to the red and yellow fireworks explosion of the tiny Blanquita. Is it any wonder we spent half our hikes down on our knees getting these Macro shots?  –Bret Love; photos by Bret Love & Mary Gabbett


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