See Yellowstone Wolves & Bears for National Parks Centennial

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What better way to celebrate the National Park Service, which turns 100 this year, than with an ultimate U.S. safari through Yellowstone National Park’s remarkable backcountry wildlife habitat – known as America’s Serengeti. The park’s wolves and bears show a softer, familial side in spring as bears emerge from hibernation with cubs in tow and wolves actively seek food for playful pups. For a wild insider’s experience of these elusive animals playing parent, Wildlife Expeditions of Teton Science Schools offers its Spring Wolves & Bears Expedition. An action-packed tour that takes visitors through Yellowstone’s wildlife-rich Lamar Valley with an experienced biologist guide, the 3-day Spring Wolves & Bears Expeditions are available on select dates April 20 – June 7, 2016, with guests traveling comfortably in specially customized Mercedes Sprinter safari vehicles, starting from and finishing in Jackson Hole, Wyo. Rates for 2016 are $1,450/person.

Along with seeking the famed wolves and bears – included in the rare category of mammals known to biologists as “charismatic mega-fauna” – expedition guests can look forward to spotting bison, pronghorn, elk, moose, deer and foxes, as well as a variety of birds including Bald Eagles and Trumpeter Swans, all potentially with offspring. Tours are led by biologists with a deep knowledge of the area, able to convey its rich history and complex ecology, and known for their expertise in finding the elusive animals.

Spring Yellowstone Wolves & Bears Expedition

“Spring is a fantastic time of year to see the parks without the crowds, and the newly born bison, elk and pronghorn can be visible in the valleys. The bears are active and in search of food sources so we often see a lot of bear activity as well,” says Kevin Taylor, Teton Science Schools Faculty and Senior Biologist.

Wildlife Expeditions’ Spring Wolves & Bears Expedition travels through Grand Teton National Park and into Yellowstone National Park, delving into Yellowstone’s Lamar and Hayden Valleys, known for their abundance of wildlife, and providing the opportunity to see iconic Yellowstone highlights, which may include Old Faithful, Mammoth Hot Springs, the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone and the lower falls of the Yellowstone River. Overnights during the trip are in Cooke City, Mont., for quick access to the park during dawn and dusk, the best times to view wildlife in their natural habitat. This video provides a preview of the expedition, and a sample itinerary is available here.

The comfort of guests and customer service remain a focus of all Wildlife Expeditions trips, with multi-day tours including – in addition to the Mercedes safari vehicle with roof hatches for easy viewing – regular breaks, beverages and meals, high-quality binoculars and spotting scopes, field guidebooks, two nights’ lodging near the park, National Parks entrance fees, souvenir water bottles and kid activity packs on request.

Wildlife Expeditions of Teton Science Schools has a well-earned reputation of leading exceptional safari tours and locating wild animals in the wilderness in and around Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks. As Jackson Hole, Wyoming’s premier and original safari provider, Wildlife Expeditions offers family-friendly educational tours year-round in a stunning natural environment. The wildlife tour company was recently featured in Conde Nast Traveler magazine and named one of “10 Amazing Adventures” worldwide by USA Today. For more information or to book a Wildlife Expeditions tour, visit http://www.tetonscience.org.

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