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Kelly Dellinger

Kelly grew up outside of Philadelphia, finished high school in Florida and graduated with a BA in Psychology and a minor in Biology from Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, NC. While in college, Kelly attended the National Outdoor Leadership School’s Fall Semester in the Rockies. This introduction to true outdoor adventure shaped the future direction of Kelly’s life, as she chose to make the West her permanent home, living and playing in Missoula, MT, Grindelwald, Switzerland, San Francisco, CA, Telluride, Crested Butte and Boulder, CO.

In her free time Kelly can be found practicing yoga, hiking, gardening, cooking, skiing, cross-country skiing, closing down the occasional dance floor and laughing a lot while spending quality time with family and friends. Kelly started working at NHA in 1999 and has treasured her many nature adventures ranging from sailing and swimming with wild dolphins in the Bahamas, exploring the Galapagos Islands, marveling at the ruins of Machu Picchu in Peru, savoring three weeks in Tuscany and Umbria in Italy, managing polar bear field operations for NHA while living in Churchill, Manitoba, legendary safaris in Kenya, Tanzania, Botswana, Namibia, Zambia, South Africa and Uganda, swimming with whale sharks in Mexico, visiting the ancient wonders of Egypt, trekking through the wilds of Patagonia and the High Atlas mountains of Morocco, cruising, kayaking and hiking through the stunning scenery of Southeast Alaska, hanging out on foot with the enormous grizzlies of Katmai National Park, attending the Maha Kumbh Mela, the world’s largest religious festival (along with 80-100 million other pilgrims…incredibly profound), glimpsing the elusive tiger and seeing rhinos on elephant-back safari while in India, sailing to Antarctica aboard a 75-foot sailboat in pristine, iceberg-filled waters to view penguins, seals and whales, and, of course, some of the wildest adventures of all...Natural Habitat Adventures’ infamous parties!

The hills are alive over Grindelwald, Switzerland!Posing with Lonesome George at the Charles Darwin Research Center, Galapagos Islands.Scouting a Whole Journeys cultural walking tour for NHA in the Umbria region of Italy.Emerging from my exploration of an abandoned polar bear den in Churchill, Manitoba.Our helicopter pilot landed on a rock in Lake Tanganyika, Tanzania for a celebratory champagne stop after floating weightlessly over Kalambo Falls! The kids welcomed us with open arms when visiting a tiny fishing village in Tanzania. A herd of elephant joined us for morning tea while game driving at Kings Pool Camp in the Linyanti region of Botswana, 2009.Running down “Big Daddy,” the tallest dune in the world, Sossusvlei, Namibia.Tracking rhino on foot in Zambia with my hilarious travel partner, Aunt Betty.Posing with impressive kudu horns with my friend and guide, Godfrey, near Pafuri Camp, South Africa.Dancing with Makuleke children in South Africa.BIG baobab in Kruger National Park, South Africa.After spending a magical, precious hour with a family of endangered Mountain Gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, Uganda, I bought artwork from school kids waiting on the trail.  Priceless!Sunset camel ride at the Bahayria Oasis in Egypt.I survived 130 degree temperatures in Egypt’s surreal White Desert.Under a giant traveler’s palm in Tobago with my family, Christmas 2008.Torres del Paine National Park, Chile, January 2011. Wow. Enough said. Standing with my brother Todd, in front of Glacier Grey in Patagonia. We drank a pisco sour poured over ice cracked from a piece of glacial ice fished from the water just moments later!We were very lucky to get to see Fitz Roy on a rare, beautiful, clear day! El Chalten, Argentina. February 2011.I was blessed by sadhus, some of whom have taken a vow to wear only ashes, at the Kumbh Mela in India.Up close rhino viewing in India…on elephant-back safari, with Sandy in Kaziranga National Park.We happened upon this spectacular glacial ice cave during a beach walk in Antarctica.“Selfie” in a Gentoo penguin colony. While I was sitting here, the glacier calved across the bay, causing a tsunami!

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