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From the Nile to the Himalayas, Levison Wood is no stranger to an adventure. His next mission in new book Arabia: A Journey through the Heart of the Middle East - depicts the stories he found exploring the misconceptions and dangers of a 5000-mile discovery through the Arabian Peninsula. In our Into the Wild Meets this week, Levison spoke to us about all things travel, why the Middle East is important to him and where he's going to take his next steps.

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If you love summer sunshine, frosty snow and cold winds that breeze through winter might sound like hell, yet for some arctic animals the winter is their blossoming season. Of course, we all know that penguins thrive in the ice of the Arctic, but did you know you can find an otter digging around in the snow as well? Here’s our list of the most unusual animals you didn’t know about.

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Solo travelers are found everywhere where flying across the world and exploring remote places, has become easier and easier. Some people may flinch at the thought of the danger of travelling alone, where others might jump at the chance of seeking out new places. Whether you’re travelling independently or searching out newfound friends in hostels, here are some of the best travel tips to enjoy solo travel safely.

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Christmas is a celebration that happens in many countries and across cultures and traditions. If you want to get away this festive season then there is no shortage of places to visit. Soak up the Christmas spirit and get in the mood with our top 5 places to visit!

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These gentle cuddly creatures are found native in the tropical rainforests of South and Central America. Often hanging off trees, many people wouldn’t expect the mammals to be able to swim. That’s right – swim. So, what else can we find out about Sloths?

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Known by the locals as ‘Tana’, Madagascar’s capital is the biggest city of the entire country. Known for its sticky traffic and polluted streets, not many people head to this urban metropolis, and head to the remote rainforests with their biodiversity. But today, we’re going to paint the town red, and find out why Antananarivo is the place to stay.

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This week, in our combined environmental and research news round-up, we cover Stella McCartney's UN Sustainable Fashion Charter, beached whales in New Zealand and new moth species.

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India, home to 1.3 billion people, 29 states and 22 regional languages, is arguably one of the most popular travel destinations on earth. The country is known for its hustle and bustle capital New Delhi, its vibrant culture and picturesque scenery. We’ve compiled our top 5 facts about India:

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Waiting for two hours, Skye Meaker lingered for a perfect snapshot of wild leopard ‘Limpy’ snoozing in the wild. The picture - ‘Lounging Leopard’ - won him the Grand Title award for the Young Wildlife Photographer of the Year now in exhibition at London’s National History Museum. Into the Wild Meets spoke with Skye to talk all things wild and how he stood out amongst 45,000 other wildlife photos.

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On the 2nd of December 2018, in Katowice Poland, the signatories of the UN’s Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) will attend their 24th Conference of the Parties (COP). During this two-week long conference, different countries will debate the future of the planet in the light of climate change. However, many people may be asking what is COP24 and why should we care?

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