Legend has it that years ago, people traveled over land and sea with a host of animals to keep them company on their journey. Today, traveling with animals - or traveling to interact with animals - is just as compelling an idea as it's ever been.

Welcome to ARK & TENT, an online magazine dedicated to bringing people and animals together...through travel.

In these pages you'll discover a world of wonder that celebrates our interaction with the animals who share this planet with us: whether that means taking your pet with you on vacation, traveling to Australia to hand-feed a koala, or diving off the coast of the Yucatan to swim alongside a whale shark. No matter what your particular pleasure, we aim to help you find it.

We'll provide practical and useful information to help you get the most out of your travel experiences, notes on what's currently happening in the travel industry, and of course feature articles that will tempt you to journey to the places our writers have explored on your behalf.

People. Animals. Travel.

We invite you to explore!

Letter from the Editor:

In an issue of OnEarth (the magazine of the Natural Resources Defense Council) an article appeared that resonated deeply with me. Written by Anthony Doerr, it's titled "Phantoms and Prey," and it begins like this:

"It's the middle of the night in central Idaho. Twenty miles from my house, hunters wait on wolves for the first time in decades. My two little sons sleep upstairs...outside, in the moonlight, the driveway pines seem tenuous, unrooted, as if they might start striding quietly past one another, swapping places in the night."

The author goes on to ponder the billions of individual creatures we've obliterated in our quest to either rid a space of its animal inhabitants, or to use them for our own selfish pleasures. And at the end, he speculates about the passenger pigeon - a species hunted to extinction:

"I think of my sons asleep upstairs. I think of that passenger pigeon, leaching his last colors into a wooden drawer. I think of the hunters, two valleys away, drowsing beside their guns, waiting for the howl."

My perpetual wish is for all of us is to develop a sense of the finite gifts of nature, and to obtain the realization that once something is lost forever, there's no going back. If we could all - collectively - accomplish that task, the world would be a much richer, beautiful place.

As I always do, I invite you to check out the Articles Index to find what interests you, or catch up on what you've missed. You can also take a look at our Noteworthy News page to read updates on what's happening in the Animal Kingdom around the world, or read about Endangered Species that need our help.

We also welcome your feedback and suggestions, so contact us at: with your comments, questions or concerns.

Be sure to keep checking back in as we'll be adding new articles, information and breaking news stories.

Welcome (back) to ARK & TENT Travel Magazine...we're glad you stopped by!  

Erin Caslavka
Managing Editor


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