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Year of The Dog Arctic Fox

The 2018 Chinese New Year begins today – February 16th – and it marks the ‘Year of the Dog.’ Companies all over the world are catering to those wishing to celebrate the Chinese New Year: Gucci has launched an entire dog-themed line of handbags and accessories, Vacheron Constantin has debuted a limited edition, $125,000 dollar watch {pictured} and Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills is celebrating with a 2018 Lunar New Year package. Because who doesn’t love DOGS?!

Vacheron Constantin Year of The Dog Watch

Those looking for an up-close-and-personal wildlife experience will love these adventures shared by Natural Habitat Adventures, a leader in  responsible adventure travel. With these getaways, wildlife and nature enthusiasts will become closer to the dog’s wildest relatives in the planet’s most extraordinary destinations. From spotting the most endangered canine in the world on the roof of Africa to searching for wolves in the pale light of sunrise in Yellowstone’s Lamar Valley, Natural Habitat Adventures celebrates the beloved canine and this year’s zodiac animal.

Get close to the wolf with Yellowstone: Ultimate Wolf & Wildlife Safari.

Year of The Dog Wolf

On this small-group Yellowstone adventure, search for wolves in the remote Lamar Valley—the best place on Earth to see them—with the aid of scientist researchers. Elegant predators, wolves are an important part of the Yellowstone ecosystem, where elk, bison and other prey provide sustenance. Winter’s white mantle offers a pristine backdrop against which to search for these elusive wilderness icons. The land itself is part of the magic, too, with steaming geysers and trees covered in ice crystals beneath an immaculate blue sky.

Get close to the African Wild Dog with Botswana: Kalahari, the Delta & Beyond.

The nomadic African wild dog is critically endangered and spotting this canine in the wild during Botswana’s lush summer—its most productive and colorful time—is a natural spectacle few travelers experience. The drier region of the Okavango Delta bordering the Moremi Game Reserve is also superb for wildlife viewing, with stable populations of lion, leopard and the African wild dog active within a wide range of diverse habitats.

Get close to the Ethiopian wolf with Wild Ethiopia: The Roof of Africa.

Year of The Dog Ethiopian Wolf

Stand on the very roof of Africa atop the Ethiopian Highlands. This carefully designed route focuses on locations where wildlife is most prolific, including Simien Mountains and Bale Mountains national parks—offering the best opportunities to spot rare and endemic wildlife including Africa’s most endangered predator, the Ethiopian wolf, plus walia ibex, mountain nyala and gregarious gelada monkeys. This vast high-altitude plateau, marked with volcanic peaks and rent with deep gorges, is one of the world’s most dramatic landscapes.

Get close to the Arctic fox with Ultimate Churchill Adventure.

Year of The Dog Arctic Fox

The Arctic fox’s beautiful white coat can make this stunning canine hard to spot against Churchill’s vast tundra backdrop, once it’s cloaked in winter snow. With the aid of the finest naturalist guides on the planet, look for foxes as you also search for polar bears from heated Polar Rovers—specialty tundra vehicles, designed for watching polar bears play and interact feet away. Later, helicopter in to the bears’ denning area, experience the northern boreal wilderness by dog sled, explore the frontier town of Churchill and enjoy cultural activities with local residents.

Get close to the jackal with Hidden Jewels of Zimbabwe & Zambia.

Year of The Dog Jackal

On safari with just six adventurers in the lightly visited national parks of Zambia and Zimbabwe, the fascinating social habits of the jackal can be observed. Some are found in small groups called packs, while others live alone or in pairs. Zambia and Zimbabwe offer some of Africa’s most prolific and diverse wildlife viewing, as animals such as elephant, Cape buffalo, hippo and rhinoceros congregate in great numbers on the Kafue Plains, in the Hwange region and along the Zambezi River in Mana Pools.

Get close to the red fox with Hidden Yellowstone Wildlife Safari.

Year of The Dog Red Fox

As an intelligent and cunning canine, it’s no wonder the red fox can be found among the wondrous geology and abundant animals of America’s first national park, Yellowstone. This classic small-group safari through Yellowstone National Park and the Grand Tetons takes travelers into the domain of elk and buffalo herds, bald eagles, bears, wolves and, of course, the fox. Discover wildlife-viewing spots that most tourists miss, along with many scenic surprises revealed by Natural Habitat‘s Expedition Leaders, who know the terrain intimately.

So… who’s ready to got for an adventure to explore these amazing areas? I know I am!

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