Renowned Luminaries Join International Expeditions' Fall 2013 Amazon River Cruises

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World-renowned experts on wildlife, conservation and tropical flora are joining International Expeditions' Fall 2013 Amazon River cruises, offering additional lectures and activities designed to make this compelling region more enriching for travelers.

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International Expeditions' Amazon River cruise guides discuss wildlife.

Guest lecturers covering diverse topics such as tropical plants and wildlife conservation will join International Expeditions’ Fall 2013 Amazon River cruises offering guests enriching insight into Earth’s greatest wilderness. Known for its focus on environmental education, IE departures will also be accompanied by two native naturalists and an expedition leader who all provide lectures and field interpretation during immersive daily excursions. In addition to the luminaries below, experts on wildlife photography, birding and wildlife and marine videography will lecture aboard other cruise departures.

Ron Magill, Miami Zoo, September 6
The Miami Zoo’s Ron Magill has worked hands-on with wildlife for over 30 years. While most recognized from numerous television appearances, Ron has also developed and directed award-winning conservation projects and documentaries focusing on the wildlife of Africa, India and topical America.

Alan Lieberman, San Diego Zoo Research Fellow, September 13
Alan began working with the San Diego Zoo almost four decades ago, and has built his career studying and helping to preserve the Amazon rainforest. He is involved with developing and promoting scientific research and education outreach for the Cocha Cashu Biological Station in Manu National Park, and is a Research Fellow for the Zoo’s Institute for Conservation Research. Alan has held several positions at the Zoo, including Curator of Birds and Curator of Reptiles.

Carlos Magdalena, Tropical Plant Specialist, September 20
Carlos Magdalena works as Senior Tropical Botanical Horticulturalist at Kew Royal Botanic Gardens, where he has spent 10 years cultivating and studying endangered tropical plants. Carlos is credited with preventing the extinction of the Rwandan thermal water lily, as well as safeguarding several other critically endangered species. He has contributed to publications such as Sir Richard Attenborough’s documentary The Kingdom of Plants 3D and Dr. Jane's Goodall's Hope for Animals and Their World. Away from Kew, Carlos lectures worldwide.

Joan Embery, Embery Institute for Wildlife Conservation, October 25
Dedicated animal and environmental advocate Joan Embery has served as a champion of conservation issues around the world, most notably as spokeswoman for the Zoological Society of San Diego and founder of hew own non-profit foundation, which connects people to wildlife and conservation issues and the role each individual plays in insuring healthy environments. Her public education and outreach work includes hundreds of diverse television shows from PBS’s Nature to The Tonight Show.

Pricing for 10-day expedition cruises aboard International Expeditions’ new riverboat La Estrella Amazonica starts at $4,398, and includes daily naturalist-guided excursions; complimentary laundry service; nightly receptions with complimentary Peruvian cocktails, wine and beer; most meals; transfers; pre-cruise accommodations at Lima’s Swissôtel; post-tour dayroom; tours of Colonial Lima and Iquitos; services of an experienced expedition leader and two local naturalist guides.

For more information or a brochure on Amazon cruises, call International Expeditions at 1-800-234-9620 or visit

Celebrating 33 years of nature travel, International Expeditions specializes in small-group journeys to Earth’s most exhilarating destinations. A pioneer of environmentally responsible travel, IE is committed to preserving natural habitats and improving the welfare of the people and communities it visits. International Expeditions has been named to Travel + Leisure’s list of “World’s Best” tour operators & safari outfitters seven times and to National Geographic ADVENTURE magazine’s list of “Best Adventure Travel Companies on Earth.”

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