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Thinking of your next trip?  Here are some mammal-focussed trips that are looking for people to join them.  If you are planning a trip and looking for company, or looking to team up with others somewhere, then please post on the forum or get in touch.

If you are running a commercial mammalwatching tour  then please email me for rates and options.

Anyone can list a trip here. They are not necessarily recommended or approved by, especially if I don’t know the people involved. So please do your own research before signing up: two weeks in a rainforest with someone you don’t get on with will not be fun ….

The following trips are looking for people to join.

Amur Leopard Photography Tour February 2019

Russia (Siberia), Feb 2019

Organiser – Royle Safaris

We have had some incredible success in 2018 with Amur Leopards visiting our specialist photography hide deep inside the forests of the Russian Far East. We have 1 place remaining on our February 2019 departure and if anyone wishes to join this trip there is a discount of GBP £371 on the advertised price.

Level of difficulty – Moderate

Kenya: Feb 2019

Kenya, Feb 13 to 26 2019
Organiser – Alan Dahl

Looking for two more people to join us on this fantastic itinerary in Kenya:
– 1 night Eka Hotel Nairobi
– 1 night Nairobi NP Tented Camp (Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage visit included)
– 3 nights Porini Ambroseli in Selenkay Conservancy (Fly from Nairobi)
– 4 nights Porini Mara in Ol Kinyei/Naboisho (Fly from Ambroseli)
– 4 nights Porini Lion in OMC (ground transfer from Porini Mara)
– Fly back to Nairobi
– Day room at Eka Hotel if needed

We would have a private vehicle for just the 4 of us and the price is really good since Porini has extended their specials at least another month.

Level of Difficulty: Easy

Caspian Seal Trip (Kazakhstan), April or May 2019

Kazakhstan, April or May, 2019
Organiser – John Fox

I’ve finally found some decent info on where to see this mammal and would like to try for it in April or May, 2019.

They gather and molt in large numbers in late March and April around Komsomolets Bay (also known as the Dead Kultuk) in Kazakhstan, in the northeast part of the Caspain Sea. It is a very remote area with some oil wells, a Kazakh naval base, and not much else. Don’t know if a long boat trip would be required, very little online information is available.

I have emailed Machiel Valkenburg at He thinks he can arrange logistics to visit the area and see Caspian Seals. This is a bit of a high end type tour company but I am leery of going with someone who might not really be able to pull it off.

Of course, everything else is on the table while there including birds, geologic features and cultural/World Heritage sites. Would welcome some company and to share expenses.

Level of Difficulty: Easy (maybe?)

Peruvian Primates: Yellow-tailed Woolly Monkey, Emperor Tamarins and more, May 2 -13  2019 – NOW FULL

Organiser – Fiona Reid and Jon Hall

An 11 day trip to Peru in early May focusing on some fabulous primates and whatever else we can find.  Our small group will divide our time between Owlet Lodge in the Andes and Los Aimgos Research Station close to Manu National Park. And, guess what, there are some seriously good mammals in both places!

Level of difficulty: Moderate

Javan Rhino Expedition, June-July 2019

Organiser – Royle Safaris

Royle Safaris is now opening our Javan Rhino Expedition for 2019. We have managed to special permits that allow our group to enter the core region of Ujong Kulon National Park. We will be camping inside the park and basing our search along a little known river deep inside the park. This river has had more sightings (4-5) in the past couple of years than any other location inside the park for many years.

Level of difficulty: Moderate/Hard

Gabon, August 2019

August 17 – 31

Organiser – Fiona Reid

I am leading a group to Gabon in August 2019 (Aug 17-31 in Gabon) – basically following a similar itinerary to the one Jon and co. did, in hopes of seeing a similar host of great mammals! Please read Jon’s report for details on the country, accommodations and of course all the mammals they saw. I’m taking a slightly smaller group – max 8 including me, we have a night camping in Akanda, and a whale-watching trip from Libreville on the last day. Other than that, and inclusion of all meals in the trip cost, the itinerary is much like Jon’s.

Level of difficulty: Moderate

Amazon Cruise on the Rio Aripuana, October 3 – 17, 2019

Organisers – Jon Hall, Fiona Reid and Micah Riegner

We will be exploring the remote Rio Aripuana in search of the newly described Dwarf Marmoset and the enigmatic Dwarf Manatee, known only from a single creek in the Amazon Basin! The animal resembles the Amazonian Manatee genetically, yet is much much smaller and has a different diet. Other species we hope to encounter include Manicore MarmosetCommon Woolly Monkey and Prince Bernhard’s Titi Monkey along with some exciting bats, rodents, dolphins and many of the commoner Amazonian species.

Level of difficulty: easy

Amazon Cruise with the Amazon River Dolphin Conservation Foundation, October 12 – 22, 2019

Organiser – Suzanne Smith & the ARDCF

A trip planned for October 2019 for up to 20 people with plenty to see and do at an affordable price. Amazon River Dolphin Conservation Foundation is a registered 501c3 non-profit organization. While our work focuses on the endangered Amazon river dolphin, we will explore the region in search of other rainforest wildlife. We will try to see as many species as possible. During previous trips, we have encountered tucuxi (another river dolphin species), red howler monkeys, titi monkeys, red rumped agoutis, white faced sakis, white fronted capuchins, giant river otters, Amazon tree rats, black howler monkeys, pied tamarins, long-nosed bats, squirrel monkeys, fishing bats, three-toed sloths and much more.

Level of difficulty: easy

Borneo, October 2019

Organiser – Tomer Ben-Yehuda

19 full days of mammal exploration at Tawau Hills, Deramakot, Kinabatang River, Danum Valley and Mt. Kinabalu, looking for all the rare, bizarre and interesting mammals of Borneo. The prime targets will be of course the clouded leopard (10 nights at Deramakot dedicated for the task), marbled cat, sun bear, bay cat (extremely difficult, but found at Tawau Hills), Hose’s civet (also very difficult but found at Tawau and Mount K), flat-headed cat, western tarsier, and anything else we can find

Level of difficulty: moderate

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