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Thailand Elephant Sanctuary with Jennie of the Jungle Part 1

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In November of 2015 I made my first trip as Jennie of the Jungle, taking wildlife-loving clients to work with elephants at an elephant sanctuary in Chiang Mai. And the experience was simply amazing. I learned a lot about a new country and what it takes to be responsible for the experiences of others, and learned that confidence is the key to getting what you want out of life...


I arrived in Bangkok after dark, got a cab from the airport and thought I was headed to the studio I had rented to spend some time preparing for one of my clients who would arrive three days later. Little did I know, this cab driver (and most of the other ones, too) did not have any idea where he was going. He turned around and asked me the address multiple times (which I had given him in writing and in Thai, no less!). He ended up coming to a complete stop on the freeway and backing up until he reached the on-ramp he didn't mean to enter. As semi-trucks came straight for us at a startling speed, I thought…

Portrait of a Bird Trainer

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Meet Aron Smolley, Senior Bird Trainer at the Tracy Aviary in Salt Lake City, Utah.

This lucky duck has been working at the Aviary for the last five years. He has worked with many types of birds, including toucans, parrots, vultures, roadrunners, hawks, eagles, owls, crows, cranes, and more! Here are some of the bright birds he's currently working with...
Aron and the Aviary contribute to conservation efforts on a daily basis by using education birds to inspire curiosity and love in those who visit. A love for the natural world and its animals is important in instilling a desire to protect it. Aron not only cares for the birds at the Aviary, he is also responsible for creating and presenting the Aviary's bird shows, which focus on educating visitors about the simple things they can do to protect the environment, birds and their habitat. Some of these topics include recycling and stopping the use of pesticides.

To put on successful bird shows, Aron and his team must train the …

2 Weeks of Yoga and Healthy Eating in Ecuador

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I'm so excited! I was just asked to lead a Yoga and Wellness Tour through Ecuador by my friend who owns FairTravel4u. This is exciting for me because, not only do I love Ecuador, I have been practicing yoga for almost twenty years. I've also studied health and nutrition for quite some time - so everything about this trip is going to be fantastic.

Here is the information for the trip. It will take place March of 2017, and I must find 10-20 yogis to bring with me.
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Ever wanted to do yoga in the Amazon? On the beach? In the Andes?

Then join us on our
2-week Yoga and Wellness Tour through Ecuador
Practice daily guided yoga and healthy eating while exploring the beautiful country of Ecuador. With two yoga sessions per day, along with meditation, massage, reiki, canoeing, and horseback riding, you are sure to be regenerated in both body and spirit.
Experience sunrise sessions overlooking lakes and mountain valleys and su…

Weird Animals You Didn't Even Know Existed

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After a brief hiatus while traveling without internet in Thailand (blog coming soon!) and then getting my laptop stolen, I am back with a new blog!

Now I believe I know about A LOT of animals - ALLLL the animals, to be exact (or so I like to think)! But I'm humbled and brought back down to Earth when someone tells me about a species that I wasn't aware existed. You can bet I go right to a computer and look it up in order to learn everything I can about it (and pretend I knew about it the whole time).

This blog is dedicated to some of these unusual creatures - and count yourself lucky if you've heard of any of them!

Serow The serow ranges throughout parts of Asia, India, and the Himalayas. They are basically temperamental, solitary, and sometimes fuzzy, goat-antelopes. Both males and females have beards and small horns, which I imagine makes mating/dating a tough game.

The serow is endangered, and is often hunted for its meat and body parts, which are used in local medicine…