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Moldova declared itself an independent state with the same boundaries as the Moldavian Soviet Socialist Republic in 1991 as part of the dissolution of the Soviet Union. A new constitution was adopted on July 29, 1994. A strip of Moldova’s internationally recognised territory on the east bank of the river Dniester has been under the de facto control of the breakaway government of Transnistria since 1990.
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

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From  Moldova
Travel from April 5 to April 18
Thanks Komleva !

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The moose (North America) or Eurasian elk (Europe) (Alces alces) is the largest extant species in the deer family. Moose are distinguished by the palmate antlers of the males; other members of the family have antlers with a dendritic (“twig-like”) configuration. Moose typically inhabit boreal and mixed deciduous forests of the Northern Hemisphere in temperate to subarctic climates. Moose used to have a much wider range but hunting and other human activities greatly reduced it over the years.
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From  Sweden
Travel from April 7 to April 14
Thanks Walter !

AFRICAN FISH EAGLE (HALIAEETUS VOCIFER) _ 0425

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The African Fish Eagle feeds mainly on fish, which it will swoop down upon from a perch in a tree, snatching the prey from the water with its large clawed talons. The eagle will then fly back to its perch to eat its catch.
Like other sea eagles, the African Fish Eagle has structures on its toes called spiricules that allows it to grasp fish and other slippery prey. The Osprey, a winter visitor to Africa, also has this adaptation. Should the African Fish Eagle catch a fish over 1.8 kg (4 pounds) it will be too heavy to allow the eagle to get lift, so it will instead drag the fish across the surface of the water until it reaches the shore. If it catches a fish that is too heavy to even allow the eagle to sustain flight, it will drop into the water and paddle to the nearest shore with its wings. The African Fish Eagle is known to peculate other bird species (such as Goliath Herons) of their catch. This behaviour is known as kleptoparasitism. It will also feed on waterfowl such as ducks, small turtles and terrapins, baby crocodiles, Greater Flamingos and Lesser Flamingos, lizards such as Nile Monitors, frogs and carrion. Occasionally, it may even carry off mammalian prey, such as hyraxes and monkeys. It has also been observed feeding on domestic fowl (chickens).
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From Eastern Cape, South Africa
Travel from Mar 25 to April 7
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The Ecuadorian Amazon is mainly tropical rainforest elevated 400 m above sea level.
The Amazon region of Ecuador is one of the few places in the world where its probably best to travel with a group, with a guide or through a jungle lodge. Unless you are studying, teaching English or consulting on a project in the Amazon, you are unlikely to have enough knowledge about the area to stay safe and, most importantly, to learn about the plants and animals that make the area so special.
http://wikitravel.org/

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  1. Cofan Indian of the Amazon
  2. Parrot
  3. Záparo Indian of the Amazon
  4. Cuyabeno National Park

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From Ecuador
Travel from Mar 10 to April 2
Thanks Paola !

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The Famous Big Five
Originally used only by hunters, the term ‘Big Five’ refers to five of Africa’s greatest wild animals – lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo and rhino.
As during the bygone hunting era the term “Big Five” still conjure up the romance and excitement of Africa’s exotic destinations and experiences. 

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Imagine watching the sun set over the horizon whilst you capture the moment of a pride of lions stalking their prey. Watching a buffalo strolling to a water hole with strength and size that makes it more likely to kill a human than any other mammal.
The rhino, which is almost extinct, with its extraordinary horns and bad temper. And the leopard with its beauty and remarkable speed and skill to hunt.
http://www.places.co.za/

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From Eastern Cape, South Africa
Travel from Mar 14 to Mar 26
Thanks Mr Ernie !

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South Africa – Swimming with Dolphins
South Africa is one of the best destinations worldwide for watching marine mammals, whether from land or from boats, with spectacular annual visits from southern right and humpback whales and enormous pods of dolphins year-round.

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Every year, southern right whales migrate from their icy feeding grounds off Antarctica to warmer climates, reaching South Africa in June. The country’s coastal waters teem with the giant animals, mating, calving and rearing their young – and giving whale-watchers spectacular displays of raw power and elegant water acrobatics.
http://www.southafrica.info/

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From Eastern Cape, South Africa
Travel from Mar 6 to Mar 21
Thanks Mr Ernie !

BIRDS OF BORNEO 2 _ 0356

Birds of Borneo 

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From Sabah, Malaysia
Travel from …… to Mar 15
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Birds of Borneo 

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From Sabah, Malaysia
Travel from …… to Mar 15
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AFRICAN SAFARI 2
Kenya being a land of contrast it entails a lot of sceneries, Beaches, reach culture. Lies astride the Equator on the eastern coast of Africa. It is a medium sized country by continental standards, covering an area of about 586,600 sq.kms

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From Kenya
Travel from Feb 24 to Mar 13
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African Safari 
Kenya is one of Africa’s most awe inspiring destinations. Breathtaking views, lush forested mountains, exotic wildlife populations, and the stunning savannah of the Masai Mara are among the many amazing sights the country has to offer. Enjoy a thrilling safari holiday in one of the finest wildlife observation areas on earth.
http://www.goodearthtours.com/

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From Kenya
Travel from Feb 24 to Mar 13
Thanks Mary !

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Bird from Costa Rica 

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From San Carlos, San Jose, Costa Rica
Travel from …… to Mar 11
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GUIANAN COCK-OF-THE-ROCK _ 0321

The Guianan Cock-of-the-rock (Rupicola rupicola) is a species of South American passerine. It is about 30 centimetres (12 in) in length and weighs about 200 to 220 grams (7.1 to 7.8 oz). They are found in tropical rainforests, near its preferred habitat of rocky outcrops. The males plumage is bright orange and the males have a prominent half-moon crest. The females are brownish in colour, and are generally much duller coloured than the males. It is one of two species of the genus Rupicola, the other being the Andean Cock-of-the-rock. The Guianan Cock-of-the-rock lives across the forested region of northeastern South America. Its diet consists mostly of fruit, but sometimes includes small snakes and lizards.
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

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From Paramaribo, Suriname
Travel from Feb 18 to Mar 04
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