Dan takes us on a journey of discovery into the heart of the Brazilian Pantanal, the world’s largest wetland and home to the greatest show of wildlife in South America. Here, amongst a mosaic of open floodplains, rivers and riparian forest, we find a landscape teaming with mammals, birds and reptiles, many of them giants of their kind and rarely seen elsewhere in their ranges.
Speaker: Dan Free
After graduating with an MSc in Zoology, Dan spent six weeks exploring India’s tiger reserves, before moving on to South-east Asia, Central and South America and Africa, working on conservation projects and gaining a wealth of big-cat knowledge. Back in the UK, working as an ecologist, he undertook protected species surveys and specialised in ornithology. Now the Manager of The Travelling Naturalist, he has led and researched trips to many destinations including the Brazilian Pantanal, Chile, The Falklands, Borneo, Japan and Ethiopia as well as many in Europe.
On a recent visit to Mexico's Baja Peninsula, Helen’s expectations were blown out of the water by the incredible wildlife on offer. From leaping dolphins, somersaulting mobulas and flying fish, to more breaching humpbacks than you could shake a stick at! This marine mammal extravaganza has left an indelible impression, and describing the sheer and utter brilliance of her trip is Helen’s mission for the evening.
Speaker: Helen Bryon
After an idyllic Botswana childhood, Helen returned to the UK in her teens, then spent two years globetrotting before studying Geography. After 16 years with a renowned UK travel company, Africa called her back to live her dream and qualify as a safari guide, followed by four fabulous years on a private reserve in South Africa. Helen is now part of the team at The Travelling Naturalist.