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Nat Hab’s Bear Adventures Across the Globe


What do a solar bear, a sloth bear and a polar bear have in frequent? Regardless of dwelling in vastly completely different habitats—assume lush tropical jungles versus barren Arctic tundra—they do have some similarities. Be taught what these frequent threads are on Nat Hab bear-focused expeditions from Alaska to South Asia, Churchill to China.

On this roundup of Nat Hab’s bear adventures across the globe, we embody our wildlife excursions that embody vital bear-viewing alternatives. Watch grizzly bear cubs cavort on a riverbank in Alaska. See big pandas and moon bears up shut in Sichuan. Marvel at a polar bear’s dinner plate-sized paws because it lopes beside our Polar Rover within the Arctic. And glimpse American black bears in our nation’s favourite nationwide parks.

In fact, on all of those journeys, there’s numerous different wildlife to see, whether or not that’s orcas and bald eagles on Canada’s far-western coast or Asian elephants and Bengal tigers in India. Our small group sizes, skilled naturalists and keenness for wildlife conservation be sure that your expertise is just not solely revealing, however accountable. Right here’s the place you may see our favourite bears on the planet.

Grizzlies in Lake Clark Nationwide Park, Alaska

Grizzy bears at Nat Hab's Alaska Bear Camp

We soar by bush aircraft into the deep Alaska wilderness of Prepare dinner Inlet, the ice-clad Aleutian Vary and Lake Clark Nationwide Park. It’s right here on this distant setting, amidst energetic volcanoes, large glaciers and pristine seashores, that we first glimpse the mighty brown bears that make their quiet properties right here. From our sustainable bush camp on a historic homestead inside 4 million protected acres of the ancestral homelands of the Dena’ina folks, we enterprise out into one of many world’s most famed bear-viewing locations. From an elevated platform and even from camp, safely protected behind electrified wires, we will see this coastal model of the inside grizzly bear (identical species, Ursus arctos) chewing its meals and speaking via woofs, purrs and growls. Whether or not it’s mama bears with their spring cubs in Could or hefty males—as much as 1,500 kilos!—fishing for salmon later in the summertime, the viewing alternatives are limitless.

Extra Grizzlies in Katmai Nationwide Park, Alaska

Grizzy Bear at Katmai National Park

Expertise a uncommon encounter with Ursus arctos—the biggest coastal grizzlies on the planet—as they feast on clams, mussels, sedges and spawning salmon in Katmai Nationwide Park. Summer season’s bounty brings forth these arresting Alaskan brown bears, stopping you in your tracks as you safely observe them together with your Expedition Chief, an skilled bear naturalist. There aren’t any roads alongside Katmai’s coast, so as an alternative, we sail from bay to bay aboard the 73-foot Pure Habitat Ursus, discovering the perfect bear-viewing and pictures choices. With simply eight friends in our occasion, it’s straightforward to maneuver undetected, with out intruding on the bears’ pure habitat. Watch as these magnificent beasts, North America’s largest land predators, lead their frolicking cubs alongside the shoreline, expertly catch a spawning salmon of their huge jaws and even doze lethargically within the shade.

Polar Bears in Churchill, Manitoba

Polar Bears in Hudson Bay Churchill

© Jeremy Covert

What at first seems like an phantasm turns into an eye-widening actuality as you notice that slowly transferring shadow on the huge expanse of tundra is a gigantic polar bear. From the elevated outside platform of our Polar Rover, you’re rewarded with a front-row seat because the hulking, shaggy, cream-colored bear strikes throughout the land, silhouetted in opposition to the horizon—or wanders over to the Rover, standing instantly under you below the steel-grate ground and exhibiting simply as a lot curiosity as we’re. The world’s best focus of polar bears congregates right here in Churchill as they look ahead to Hudson Bay to freeze every year. As you watch the large bears work together, from watchful moms and energetic cubs to younger males play-fighting, your Nat Hab skilled naturalist will interpret the bears’ behaviors and clarify how they thrive in such a harsh atmosphere.

Spirit Bears in Nice Bear Rainforest, British Columbia

Spirit Bear Kermode Bear in Great Bear Rainforest

© Joey Campbell

Seeing a particular spirit bear is a heady expertise, one I used to be lucky sufficient to have whereas visiting Milbanke Sound in British Columbia. Your personal Nat Hab journey to the Nice Bear Rainforest, tucked within the distant valleys of the Coast Vary on Canada’s far western edge, reveals this pale bear of Native legend. Only a few hundred of those bears stay in isolation beneath thousand-year-old cedars and Sitka spruce as much as 350 ft tall. We seek for them with native Gitga’at guides, First Nations individuals who have lived right here among the many bears and the rain forest for millennia. The paranormal, creamy-white Kermode bear, also referred to as the “spirit bear,” feeds from the wealthy salmon streams of the temperate rain forest (one of many largest tracts left on Earth). The area can also be residence to eagles, orcas, wolves, black bears and grizzlies, all of which we hope to see as we cruise south down Douglas Channel and into the Coast Vary.

Big Pandas in Minshan Mountain, Sichuan, China

Giant Panda Sichuan China

Enterprise with us into the final wild habitat of the big panda—the good rivers, deep gorges and plush forests of the Minshan Mountains of the Sichuan province. With our unique wildlife reserve entry, we’re capable of enter a distant, hardly ever visited nationwide park sanctuary the place extremely elusive wild pandas stay and breed freely. We even have the prospect to volunteer within the care of big pandas and {photograph} them at shut vary at three world-renowned panda analysis facilities. Whereas we’re right here, in little-visited wilderness enclaves supported by the World Wildlife Fund, we’ll see uncommon Asiatic black bears (or moon bears), golden snub-nosed monkeys, shaggy takin, Chinese language goral, blue sheep and beautiful birds, together with the golden pheasant. Our distinctive, rigorously crafted itinerary reveals the hardly ever seen panda habitat and a aspect of China most guests by no means see.

Solar Bears in Borneo, Malaysia

Sun Bears Borneo Malaysia

Our exploration of the world’s third-largest island—Borneo—takes us into the traditional rain forests, jungle rivers and waterfalls that host quite a lot of leaping, darting and crawling wildlife. We see endangered orangutans, flying lemurs, leaf monkeys and wild gibbons. In the event you’re drawn to bears, your favourite day would be the one we go to the Solar Bear Conservation Middle, devoted to the care, rehabilitation and launch of orphaned and captive solar bears. Take an unique personal tour with the founder, whom CNN known as a “Superman saving the solar bears of Malaysia,” or one in every of his shut conservation colleagues. That is the world’s smallest bear species, and whereas it enjoys a wealthy habitat in Borneo, it’s threatened (if not extinct) in lots of areas of mainland Asia on account of forest destruction and poaching.

Black Bears in Yellowstone and Glacier Nationwide Parks, United States

Black Bear

© Justin R. Gibson

Be a part of a Nat Hab nature tour to Yellowstone or Glacier Nationwide Park and also you’ll possible glimpse an American black bear. Whereas we regularly consider large grizzlies or wondrous polar bears once we assume “bear,” the black bear (the smallest of the continent’s three bear species) is usually missed and underappreciated. They’re extremely adaptive and capable of broaden their vary, so whereas you’ll hopefully see one on a Nat Hab nationwide park journey, you may simply as simply see one at a trip cabin or in a mountain city. We’ll be looking out within the northern portion of Yellowstone, from Elk Creek to Tower Falls, and from Mammoth Scorching Springs north to Indian Creek. And, in Glacier Nationwide Park, we’ll preserve our binoculars useful round Avalanche and St. Mary lakes and alongside the Many Glacier trails. As with all of our Nat Hab journeys, we’ll additionally take you to seldom-visited spots the place wildlife alternatives (not crowds) are extra plentiful.

Sloth Bears in India

Sloth Bear India

Meet the sloth bear on a Nat Hab India departure, and also you’ll see it’s not a sloth in any respect! It was misclassified within the 1700s, possible due to its arboreal habits and lengthy claws. Recognized by its thick, shaggy coat of fur that ranges in colour from auburn to black, the sloth bear is discovered within the tropical lowland forest of India, Nepal, Bhutan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. On a Nat Hab journey to the Indian subcontinent, we hopefully stand up shut and private with these fascinating bears as we discover three of the nation’s prime nationwide parks, together with Kaziranga and Bandhavgarh. Look, too, for Bengal tigers, one-horned rhinoceros, Asian elephants, barking deer and extra on safari drives in open 4×4 autos via these different habitats.

Meet the bears of our world on any of those immersive Pure Habitat journeys.

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