|Questions and Answers
We specialise in worldwide natural history small group expeditions for the discerning traveller.
1. How long has the business been operating and how did it start?
Our company was formed in 1985, as a way of increasing awareness and conservation of the natural world through responsible expedition travel. It’s founder Rodney Russ was a biologist working for the New Zealand Wildlife Service.
2. What is your company's mission?
To travel with us is to travel responsibly. As biologists and ornithologists, we are intimately aware of the many issues that confront animals and their habitats, the world's oceans and isolated ethnic groups. We also take action. We actively contribute to the conservation of the places we visit in several ways: we 'buy local' and employ locally; we make sure that travellers are respectful of local customs and traditions; and we dispose of waste responsibly.
3. What does your company specialize in?
Our knowledge and experience of the Subantarctic Islands, the Ross Sea and East Antarctica is unsurpassed. It enables us to make landings that other vessels would miss. We own permits to visit areas that no other operator has; an important consideration when planning your voyage. Our vessel, the Spirit of Enderby, is in a class of its own.
4. Who is the founder or owner of the company and briefly describe his/her past activities?
Rodney Russ - is the founder. He worked for 12 years as a biologist for New Zealand Wildlife Service on the management of rare and endangered bird species. It was during this work that he came to appreciate the importance of advocacy as a conservation tool. As they say the rest is history - he chartered his own vessel, a Polar Research vessel from the Russian Far East, and advertised expeditions to the Subantarctic Islands and Antarctica. His company has continued to grow and is now a leader in worldwide expedition travel. Rodney can still be regularly found doing what he likes doing best, leading expeditions on the 'Spirit of Enderby'.
5. What is your most popular travel package and why?
We are an international travel company specialising in worldwide natural history expeditions to the Antarctic, Southwest Pacific and Russian far east.
6. What is the best compliment you received from a client?
'It was a pleasure to be part of an expedition that was run in such a professional manner' After partaking in one of our Ross Seas Trips