Bret Love and Mary Gabbett in Tanzania's Ngorongoro Conservation Area

 Time In A Bottle: Exploring Tanzania’s

Ngorongoro Conservation Area

 

“When you live as if your days are numbered, you will gain a heart of wisdom.” –Andy Stanley

 

I think it’s the natural progression of things that the older we get, the more conscious we become of the passage of time.

 

As the years go on, our personal relationship with time changes. When we’re kids, we can’t wait to get older so that we can get a job, drive, drink and “be free.” But as we age, we yearn for the relative freedom of youth, and each year brings us another step closer to our own mortality.

 

The older we get, the more precious each year, each day, each moment becomes to us.

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Rare Sharks Worth Saving

Ornate Wobbegong by Richard Ling via CC

5 Rare Sharks Worth Saving

 

(The following is a guest post from Justin Carmack of True Nomads, which focuses on his diving adventures around the world. You can follow Justin on FacebookTwitter and Pinterest.  If you’re a blogger interested in guest posting, please email us [email protected])

 

Rare Sharks are beautiful and amazing to see in their own habitat. But, most importantly, they are apex predators, making them a vital link in the marine ecosystem’s food chain.

 

It’s the shark’s job to regulate populations of fish by preying on the weak, slow, and old among the schools. If these rare sharks were to disappear, it would begin a devastating domino effect.  The whole marine eco chain would collapse one layer at a time, eventually killing off humans.

 

Swimming With Whale Sharks in Isla Mujeres, Mexico

Whale Shark in Mexico, photographed by Bret Love

 

Without sharks to feed on them, fish populations would explode. If there are too many fish, the species they feed on would slowly disappear, eventually killing them off completely. This would eliminate another food source and kill off the rest of the fish in the food chain, all the way down to microorganisms, plankton and algae.

 

Did you know that plankton and algae are the number one producer of oxygen in the world? More than even the Amazon Rainforest! It’s also the biggest natural carbon-scrubber/eliminator/filter on the planet.

 

Starting to get the picture? Over time, if we were to let human greed and apathy kill off rare sharks, the chain reaction could be catastrophic, leading to more greenhouse gases, global warming, and possibly the end of mankind. The first step to stop this catastrophe is education, so here is a look at five rare shark species worth saving:

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Jeff Corwin With Seal

Jeff Corwin Interview on

Conservation, Climate Change & Ecotourism

 

Back in the late ’90s, before I really started traveling the world, TV shows such as The Crocodile Hunter and Going Wild With Jeff Corwin stoked my lifelong interest in nature and wildlife.

 

Watching Jeff Corwin and Steve Irwin exploring the world and sharing their passion for conserving its creatures was a huge inspiration for me, and on the vision that ultimately became Green Global Travel. So it was a huge honor to have a chance to interview Irwin before his untimely death, and to hang out with and get to know Corwin through our mutual friends at the Georgia Aquarium.

 

With bachelor of science degrees in biology and anthropology and a master of science in wildlife and fisheries conservation, he combines a rich background of education and field work with a platform that allows him to reach the masses. So for my third Jeff Corwin interview I wanted to focus less on his Emmy-winning TV show, Ocean Mysteries, and more on his work in wildlife conservation…

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History of Chocolate A Guide to How Chocolate is Made - Chocolate Bar

Chocolate Bar by miss_yasmina via CC

The History of Chocolate

A Guide to How Chocolate is Made

 

There is something magical about chocolate. Nearly all of us grow up adoring it, and we continue to adore it as adults. In fact, our love for chocolate generally only strengthens with time.

 

Oddly, I was not one of those people. Sure, I liked chocolate well enough in a cake or in its chip form in some ice cream. But it was never something I truly craved until we were volunteering in Nicaragua, when my wife Emma began to buy raw cacao beans and made a rudimentary chocolate.

 

After Emma learned how chocolate is made, we started eating homemade cacao bars (often flavored with fresh ginger, coffee, lime zest or mint leaves) every night after dinner, sampling the richness in slivers with huge grins on our faces. It was the beginning of a new love affair for me.

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Philippine Island of Danjugan - Crystal Clear water

The Philippine Island of Danjugan:

An Idyllic Ecotourism Escape

 

On the Philippine Island of Danjugan, nature is fragile. Danjugan, a nature sanctuary, is part of an archipelago of 7107 islands that offers an incredible variety of landscapes and biodiversity.

 

At the same time, the region is often whipped by cyclones, drowned by floods, and rocked by earthquakes. And that’s not to mention the damage caused by human beings. Stories about polluted waterways and reckless deforestation in Palawan have recently made international headlines.

 

A journey through the Philippines can be a journey of environmental ups and downs, from pristine beaches to filthy rivers, from animal abuse to successful conservation projects. We managed to visit five very different islands, where we had some of the most memorable nature and wildlife experiences of our traveling lives. We dived with sea turtles near Apo Island, met the tarsiers of Bohol, and saw the thresher sharks of Malapascua circle the abyss at sunrise.

 

We also noticed the darker side of tourist development. We saw wildlife put on display for tourists in terrible conditions. We saw dive sites overcrowded with inexperienced divers, who damage the reef day after day. Families live in shacks right next to luxurious hotels and resorts.

 

Luckily, there are some success stories. In the case of Danjugan, it’s an uplifting story about  nature-loving individuals that decided to making saving this small Philippine Island their entire life’s mission.

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• AFRICA
Egypt- Top 5 Eco Attractions
Madagascar- Ring-tailed Lemurs at Anja Reserve
Morocco- A Journey into the Atlas Mountains
South Africa- Londolozi Game Reserve Safari
South Africa- Kruger National Park
South Africa- South Africa- Zulu Memories
Tanzania- Climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro

 
• ANTARCTICA
How To Get To Antarctica w/out Doing the Drake
The Haunting Beauty of Icebergs
Penguins of Antarctica
Taking the Polar Plunge
Top 5 Eco Attractions in Antarctica
Whales of Antarctica
 
• ASIA
Borneo- Sabah Ecotourism Attractions
India- Ranthambhore National Park
India- Tibetan Culture In Ladakh
Laos- The Pastoral Paradise of Muang Ngoi
Malaysia- Borneo Sun Bear Conservation Centre
Malaysia- Orangutan Conservation at Sepilok
Nepal- Hiking The Annapurna Circuit
Taiwan- Top 5 Eco Activities in Taipei
Thailand- Top 5 National Parks
 
• AUSTRALIA/OCEANIA
Australia- Top 5 Eco Attractions
Australia-Kangaroo Island
Australia-Maria Island
New Zealand- Kapiti Island
New Zealand- Tongariro National Park
New Zealand- Top 5 Ecotourism Attractions
Tahiti- First Impressions
Tahiti- Photo Gallery
Tahiti- Moorea 4x4 Safari Tour
Tahiti- Moorea, Tiki Village Theater
Tahiti- Pearl Diving in Bora Bora
Tahiti- Ruahatu Marine Sanctuary, Bora Bora
Tahiti- Swimming With Sharks in Bora Bora
Tonga- Eua Island Eco Activities

 

• NORTH AMERICA
CANADA
Churchill- Into the Wild of Manitoba
Churchill- Polar Bear Fight
Churchill- Polar Bear Photo Gallery
Churchill- Tundra Wildlife

UNITED STATES
America’s Best Volcanoes
AL- Fishing Mobile Bay
AL- Mobile Carnival Museum
AK- Denali National Park
CA- Hiking The John Muir Trail
FL- Sanibel Island Eco Activities
FL- Crystal River, Swimming with Manatees
FL- Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge
GA- Barnsley Gardens
GA- Top 5 Autumn Activities Around Atlanta
GA- Best Christmas Light Displays
GA- Top 20 Atlanta Christmas Events
GA- Jekyll Island Eco Activities
GA- Weekend in North GA Mountains
GA- Top 5 Eco Attractions in North GA
HI- Hawaii’s Big Island
HI- Hawaiian Mythology
HI - Top 5 Kauai Nature Attractions
LA- Lafayette Cajun Food Tour
LA- Mardi Gras Indians Super Sunday
LA- Voodoo Museum
MT- Hiking Glacier National Park
NC- Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge
NC- Asheville's Green Restaurants Scene
NC- Asheville's Top Ecotourism Attractions
NC- Greensboro Travel Guide
NC- Great Smoky Mountains National Park
NC- Outer Banks Wild Horses
NM- Top 5 Eco Attractions
NY- Going Green in NYC
TX- Sea Turtle Rescue, South Padre Island
WV- Outdoor Adventures
Yellowstone- Mammoth Hot Springs
Yellowstone- Lamar Valley
Yellowstone- Grand Canyon & Hayden Valley
Yellowstone- Upper Geyser Basin
Yellowstone- Lower Geyser Basin

MEXICO
Cancun- Cancun Underwater Museum
Cancun- Mayan Museum of Archaeology
Cancun- Swimming with Whale Sharks
Riviera Maya- Monkeys, Pyramids & Pottery
Riviera Maya- Rio Secreto
Riviera Maya- Tulum & Coba
 
• CARIBBEAN