Entries tagged: Conservation

An Interview with Jean-Michel Cousteau, Part Two

An Interview with Jean-Michel Cousteau, Part Two

An interview with Jean-Michel Cousteau, champion of ocean conservation. He’s teamed up with Aqua Expeditions as a special guest on board their Amazon and Mekong River Cruises where he’ll be sharing films and leading discussions on what he’s learned through his work around the world. Part two of our interview with Jean-Michel Cousteau picks up today. If you missed part one, be sure to read it here. How did your voyages about the Calypso with your father influence your work today? He took us – my late brother and myself and of course his team – wherever the next destination […]

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An Interview with Jean-Michel Cousteau, Part One

An Interview with Jean-Michel Cousteau, Part One

An interview with Jean-Michel Cousteau, champion of ocean conservation. He’s teamed up with Aqua Expeditions as a special guest on board their Amazon and Mekong River Cruises where he’ll be sharing films and leading discussions on what he’s learned through his work around the world. Jean-Michel Cousteau grew up on the water. The son of legendary oceanographic explorer Jacques Cousteau, he made his first dive when he was just seven years old in 1945. His life is characterized by a devotion to marine conservation and education. He’s produced over 70 films and in 1999, he founded the Ocean Futures Society to help […]

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World Lion Day

World Lion Day

Celebrate World Lion Day with Ker & Downey. Find out how you can get involved with conservation efforts on World Lion Day to support the big cats.  August 10th is World Lion Day. It’s a day to celebrate Africa’s biggest cat, but also a day to bring awareness to their declining numbers. Recent estimates state as few as 20,000 lions remain in the wild. It’s a staggering number when you realize their numbers were closer to 450,000 just 50 years ago. The biggest threats facing lions are habitat loss and degradation, and conflicts with humans. In 2009 National Geographic explorers […]

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Interact with the Wild

Interact with the Wild

Traveling the world opens our eyes to different places, people, and cultures and allows us to experience things outside of daily life. With Ker & Downey’s conservation journeys, interact with some of the world’s most loved but endangered species without sacrificing luxurious amenities and comfort. These journeys combine the best of both worlds with eye-opening experiences and five-star accommodations. Discover the Cheetah Conservation Fund with the Namibian Encounter The cheetah is the world’s fastest land animal, but not even it can outrun the risk of endangerment. The icon for speed and highly revered among kings for thousands of years, the […]

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On Conservation Island

The islands of Seychelles, although hard to believe, hold much more than meets the eye, especially at one of the particular islands, home to the native hawksbill turtles who are receiving a helping hand as they make the journey to the sea. In recent history, the definition of “paradise” seems to have morphed into something superficial – less Robinson Crusoe and more Las Vegas, filled with garish beachside carnivals of cocktails and bombastic attitudes. In other words, completely the opposite of an experience at Desroches Island Resort. Occupying a remote position in Seychelles’ outer islands, Desroches is a destination equal […]

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Exploring the Best of Dubai & South Africa

Several members of the Ker & Downey family recently returned from a trip to the United Arab Emirates and South Africa. Our regional sales manager Wazha Dube recalls his journey and the luxury properties that welcomed him along the way. On my most recent FAM trip I spent two weeks enjoying the opulence, thrills, and adventures that exist in Dubai and South Africa. Arriving in Dubai, I spent my first two nights at the Armani Hotel located in the world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa. The modern hotel’s minimal opulence in design and bare tones offer a distinct but discreet […]

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The Good (Samara)tans

The Good (Samara)tans

Sustainable eco-tourism has become an important aspect in luxury travel around the world, and it is no more vibrant today than in South Africa. But among all those who are just now pushing philanthropy, there is one who has been doing it all along… You hear a lot today about the new “trend” in philanthropic travel or the “trend” in sustainable travel, but isn’t this kind of thinking missing the whole point? Philanthropy isn’t just another great travel “trend” to bring in money when the economy is bad. Philanthropy is a moral standard; it’s a love, a passion, and a care for […]

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