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Wendy Redal

Wendy’s passions are travel, nature and communication, which intersect in her position as Nat Hab's head writer, editor and grammarian. A Northwest native, Wendy got hooked on the Colorado sunshine and powder snow when she came out from Seattle to attend graduate school at the University of Colorado. Wendy has worked as a freelance journalist, copywriter and editor and was previously a professor and researcher with the Center for Environmental Journalism at CU-Boulder. Before getting her master’s in journalism and Ph.D. in communication and media studies at CU, Wendy was a tour director in Alaska, Canada, the western U.S. and New England. She also worked in operations management and sales in the Alaska and Canadian Rockies tourism industry.

Wendy enjoys arranging private custom trips for friends she often accompanies, a pursuit that has taken her hiking in the High Caucasus of Georgia, into the Bolivian Amazon by dugout canoe, trekking in the Andes of Peru and the Annapurnas of Nepal, overland in Botswana by 4x4 Land Cruiser, and across 115 miles of Mongolian steppe on a horse, drinking fermented mare’s milk with nomad families on the way. Among Wendy’s magical wildlife encounters are snorkeling with sea lions in the Galapagos, getting sprayed by a humpback whale in Antarctica, sitting face to face with a silverback gorilla in the Congo rain forest, and watching brown bears catch salmon in wild glacial rivers in Alaska's Katmai National Park. She chafes if she's stuck at home for more than a couple months at a time, which has helped her get to more than 65 countries on all seven continents, including eight Canadian provinces and all 50 states. On memorable adventures with Nat Hab, Wendy has kayaked among gigantic icebergs at Base Camp Greenland, logged 152 bird species in the forests of Costa Rica, tracked lemurs in Madagascar and witnessed the Great Migration in the Serengeti, surrounded by thousands upon thousands of wildebeest and zebra. In addition to blogging for Nat Hab & WWF's Good Nature Travel, she has also written for WWF's World Wildlife magazine and the travel blogs of the Adventure Collection, Huffington Post and Budget Travel, as well as occasional freelance features.

Wendy and her husband have a son and daughter who are also avid adventurers and nature lovers, and they share their home with an Alaskan malamute and her companion cat. When Wendy isn't traveling the world in her head for her job at Nat Hab, you'll find her skiing and hiking, road-tripping around the West, frequenting farmers markets and artisan food shops for cooking inspiration, reading, following current affairs, and singing in community choral ensembles. 
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    Meeting some new friends in Khwai village, just outside Moremi Game Reserve in Botswana.A bull elephant in Botswana’s Moremi Game Reserve – they grow BIG here!Our guide was a master tracker and helped us find this leopard lying right alongside the dusty track we were following in Moremi Game Reserve, not six feet from our vehicle!Aboard a safari cruise on the Chobe River, where Botswana, Zambia and Namibia come together. We saw lots of elephants, hippos and crocodiles!What a delight to touch these 6-month-old cubs at the Africa Lion and Environmental Research Trust in Livingstone! Proceeds from guest “lion walks” go to restoring Zambia’s lion population.With my family in the highlands of Santa Cruz Island. Galapagos giant tortoises can weigh up to 600 lbs. and live to 200 years!My daughter, Bryn, makes a new friend at Gardner Bay on Espanola. Galapagos wildlife is completely nonchalant about human presence!“Here’s lookin’ atcha!” A marine iguana on the Galapagos island of Fernandina.Local residents investigate the day’s catch at the harborside fish market in Puerto Ayora on Santa Cruz.A baby sea lion snoozes on the lava – no need for a pillow!My family enjoying a Classic Polar Bear Adventure in Churchill, on the viewing platform aboard our Polar Rover vehicle. Note who's resting on the ground to our left.Close encounters of the Arctic kind: this fella is as curious about us as we are about him!Not much to do until the ice freezes and it’s time to head out onto Hudson Bay for hunting season! Sweet seal dreams…Watching young males play-fight is a source of tremendous entertainment on the tundra.Arctic hares have amazing winter camouflage. Can you spot this one?Twilight falls over the Churchill tundra, ushering in a long November night.Above Terkhiin Tsaagan Nuur, Mongolia’s Great White Lake.About half of Mongolia’s population are nomads, living in round white felt gers and moving seasonally with their flocks and herds.Here I am inside a traditional Mongolian ger, holding a baby goat that’s just a few days old. Big sky, green steppe and grazing horses are iconic Mongolia. This is a classic scene not far from the site of Genghis Khan’s ancient capital of Karakorum.During the Mongolian summer, foals are removed from their mothers during the day so the mares can be milked. Fermented mare’s milk, known as airag, is the ubiquitous national drink! Meeting a friendly gray whale up close in Baja is simply wondrous. Our group members in the other boat were utterly thrilled.Hiking with my favorite canine companion, my Alaskan malamute Chilkoot. We just summited Mt. Cameron, one of Colorado’s famous “14ers” (the state has 53 peaks in excess of 14,000 feet).With my family, including Chilkoot the malamute, on a backpacking trip in Wyoming’s Wind River Range.This is why I live in Colorado! Atop Steamboat ski area on a sunny spring day.
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