WildWings Mammal Tours
We started offering mammal watching tours over ten years ago with the first of our much copied, Brazil Jaguar Tours, originally conceived and led by Richard Webb. Our emphasis is somewhat towards big cats and other predators. Richard is now joined by Dick Filby and Nigel Goodgame in leading our mammal orientated departures. We have run very successful tours since to Chile for Pumas, to Ecuador for Spectacled Bears and other destinations.
For 2016 we again will offer our refined Brazil Jaguar Tour, now with more time in the Pantanal, (our 2013 departure enjoyed a staggering 14 Jaguars!) with an optional extension to Emas National Park for Maned Wolf, Puma amongst many other potential species. Richard will also be leading second tour to Ethiopia in March 2016, which is improved further with an extra day to add a few more mammals hopefully! The report for our highly successful first trip in 2014, is now on this website.
Richard Webb led our first mammal tour to India, Gujurat in February 2015 in search of Asiatic Lions, many other mammals and some superb birds. A return is planned for 2017 to include Tigers! Dick Filby will lead our second Snow Leopard Tour in early 2016, with only a few places left already.
We also offer a selection of Spitsbergen – Polar Bear Special voyages, which departs in June, one of which will have Tony Marr onboard. In addition to the King of the Arctic you can expect to see Arctic Foxes, Reindeer and a good selection of seals including Walrus. In 2016, we have part-chartered a ship for our own Scotland to Spitsbergen voyage, The North Atlantic Odyssey, to be led by Dick and the majority of the WildWings team of leaders including artist Bruce Pearson. This offers the wildlife of the Arctic ‘on a budget’, and departs directly from the UK. We shall sail via Fair Isle, Jan Mayen Land the East Greenland Pack-Ice.
Sri Lanka has now become famous, not only for it’s birds but Leopards, it’s own sub-species of Asian Elephant and of course Blue and other whales offshore. We offer both an annual escorted departure, led by Chas Anderson, and can now also offer tailor-made departures to suit you and your party’s requirements, using some of the top local guides on the island.
Other new destination for 2016 include South Africa (two departures) plus Indonesia in autumn. Alaska and Ecuador will be joining our programmes in 2017.
Our mammal tours are exactly that, mammals first, birds and other wildlife fall behind in second place (with almost no attention paid to ‘lbj’s’ on the birding front). Off the shoulder photographic opportunities can often be good too.
We also have a number of trips sub-titled Birds and Mammals. These are bird-watching holidays first and foremost but we keep a special eye out for mammals too, and in many cases will have target mammal species. Upcoming examples include Poland in Spring and our new Estonia in Spring and Autumn departures.
As always, if you require more information or have any questions whatsoever, please do not hesitate to contact us.