Brian Keating vists Breakfast Television Calgary to share about his ascent up Mount Kilimanjaro in support of the Calgary Health Trust.
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Upon returning from his adventures in the Galapagos Islands, Brian Keating shares stories with The Homestretch from his recent trip.
Brian reports to the The Homestretch from a biological marine reserve on the Galapagos Islands, where he encountered playful sea lions and magnificent sea turtles.
Brian has met up with his group in Quito, Ecuador, and tomorrow morning will fly 1,000 km off shore out into the Pacific to the Galápagos. For the next 8 days, they will explore these remote islands and the unique life forms that live there. Each evening they will up anchor and travel much of the night, waking up at a different island and another day of exploration. He will be without Internet of course, but will be reporting in on CBC using his satellite phone, next week. As usual, the link will appear here.
Machu Picchu and Peru always comes to mind first when we think of the Inca Empire, but here in Ecuador there are also some impressive ruins. Brian explored Ingapirca, a famous site located near Cuenca, a few days ago. As with all Important Inca religious sites, the precision rock work is stunning. He met one of the locals who has lived and farmed here all her life. When she was tilling one of her fields recently, she discovered an incredible carved stone knife, and remarkably, a human skull!
This gigantic rhinoceros beetle (a type of Scarab beetle called Golofa eacus) was found locked in combat with an already dead rival! Brian and his wife, Dee, have been exploring the Cuenca area in the southern highlands of Ecuador for the past 5 days, hiking some exquisite landscapes and making some wonderful discoveries. The locals call the orchid pictured here the Jesus Christ Flower!
Brian Keating joins The Homestretch from Cuenca, Ecuador with an update on his most recent ecological adventure.
On our first full day in the Zuleta highlands of northern Ecuador we found ourselves in the midst of a celebration to kick off the local community football (soccer) tournament! Complete with a military brass band and dignitaries presenting long speeches and concluding with a torch lighting and dance, the 3-day tournament has officially begun!
Brian met with Yann Potaufeu, the French biologist working in the wild valleys of Hacienda Zuleta. Yann is showing Brian his newest addition to the wild Spectacled bear population that is resident in the area. The youngster is pictured here with his mother, auto-photographed with a camera trap for the first time earlier this year! These highly endangered bears have access to thousands of hectares of steep mountainsides, full of bromeliads, which is their main food source. Brian and his wife Dee were lucky enough last year to observe and photograph a wild bear feeding on the steep slopes.