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TO THE LAND OF THE LEMUR

New cruise route to take in wildlife hotspots....

Guests can view charity conservation work firsthand

A newly devised cruise will allow nature lovers to come face to face with some of the planet’s rarest animals, while supporting the Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust – a charity fighting to protect them.

To the Land of the Lemur, an Indian Ocean Cruise from Dar es Salaam to Mauritius has been specially designed to showcase some of the world’s most exciting conservation projects, and will allow guests to view lemurs, turtles and an array of other rare animals in their natural habitat.

The cruise, which is offered by wildlife specialists The Ultimate Travel Company, will visit a number of Durrell’s conservation projects including tortoises, freshwater turtles and lemurs in Madagascar; an island restoration project in Mauritius with an optional excursion to endemic bird recovery projects; and a programme dedicated to protecting the Livingstone fruit bat in The Comores.

In addition, guests can benefit from the expertise of Durrell scientists Mark Stanley Price and Quentin Bloxam, both of whom have extensive experience working with critically endangered species in the regions visited.

They will be on board to give talks about the wildlife at each of the destinations and to help guests make the most of their shore visits. While passengers are at sea there will be a range of lectures given on topics such as marine conservation in the Indian Ocean and Madagascar’s natural history.

Dr Stanley Price, Chief Executive of the Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust, said: “This cruise will allow guests to cover a vast area in comfort, and to visit sites that, because of their remoteness, have been largely inaccessible to visitors.

“Guests have the added advantage of knowing that a portion of their fare will go towards supporting Durrell’s work with the animals they encounter. With a mix of sailing in tropical waters, cultural sites and visits to exciting conservation projects this promises to be an unforgettable experience.”

The 14-night cruise, on board the luxury MS Island Sky, will operate for the very first time from 25 February to 10 March 2008, and prices starting at £4,995 per person, based on two sharing, include a donation to the Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust. Places need to be reserved by the end of February this year;for more information visit The Ultimate Travel Company or call 020 7386 4646.

Posted 15 February 2007

 
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