Into the Semi-wild: Touring for Wildlife

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Most visitors to the wild don’t want the really wild. The wild is often uncomfortable, hard to reach, dangerous and fickle. You have a few days to visit a wilderness, see the jungle, sail the seas? Most prefer a measure …

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Calculated Risks: Three Recent Adventures

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George, George, George of the Jungle Lives a life that’s free. George, George, George of the Jungle, Watch out for that tree! Turns out that this silly lyric from a long ago animated TV show had a lot of wisdom …

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Where Oil and Water Mix: The Kingdom of Brunei

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Unusual geopolitics in the early 60s led to the political division of Borneo island into three slices. The biggest piece of the pie, southern Borneo, became part of Indonesia. A much narrower slice running along the northern coast became Malaysian, …

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An Old Leaf: Wild Malaysia

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High up in the treetops of Taman Negara National Park (literally National Park National Park), you can bounce along a series of narrow rope walkways amid primordial rainforest. Built as a tourist attraction, it’s the longest suspension bridge or canopy …

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