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Species Feature: Platypus

The Platypus (Ornithorhynchus anatinus) is an iconic egg-laying mammal endemic to eastern and south-eastern Australia. Where are Platypuses (also Platypi) found in Australia? Platypuses are found in freshwater systems along the eastern and...  Read more

Top End Birdwatching Expedition with Dean Hoath

It’s hard for Dean Hoath, longstanding guide at Lords Kakadu & Arnhemland Safaris, to name just one favourite bird. “I love all birds, but one of my favourite birdwatching experiences is when we...  Read more

Exploring the Impacts of Climate Change at Mungo National Park with Roger Smith

When you ask Roger Smith, co-founder of Echidna Walkabout Nature Tours along with Janine Duffy, about climate change at Mungo National Park, he cites an example. “To help people understand the impacts of...  Read more

Nocturnal Spotlighting for Tasmanian Devils and Marsupials with Holly Schorta

Maria Island is renowned for its abundance of wildlife, including a variety of both native and introduced species, some of which are more active when the sun goes down. “The island is nicknamed...  Read more

Wildlife & Wetlands with Andrea Edwards

German-born Andrea Edwards was living in Queensland when she discovered the island paradise of Tasmania. “I came from Brisbane for a one-week holiday and fell in love with the island,” she says. “I...  Read more

Diving the Muiron Islands and Outer Reef with Mark Ferguson

For Mark Ferguson, co-founder and skipper of Exmouth Dive & Whalesharks Ningaloo, every day out in the water is a good day. “I learnt to dive when I was 24 and am in...  Read more

Hear the tales of Naturaliste history film maker, Dave Riggs

What life is hiding on the sea floor? Naturaliste history film maker and Naturaliste Charters tour guide, Dave Riggs, will soon find out. “I’m in the process of sourcing camera systems that will...  Read more

Post Bushfire Surveys with Janine Duffy

Janine Duffy, founder of Echidna Walkabout Nature Tours along with Roger Smith, knows a thing or two about Southern Emu-wrens... but then she knows a thing of two about hundreds of wildlife species....  Read more

E-biking Adventure with Craig Wickham

It’s hard to pinpoint the best part of the day of the Exceptional Kangaroo Island e-biking adventure, although the cycle along the meandering Cygnet River, with massive sugar and red gums shading the...  Read more

Tropical Wetlands birding expedition with Matt Cornish

The smallest of the 10 species of Bowerbirds in Australia – the Golden Bowerbird – builds the largest structures of all the Bowerbirds to attract their female counterparts. “We call the structures bowers,”...  Read more

Making Citizen Science Count with David Doudle

When Australian Coastal Safaris' guests are out on the road, they are usually seeing an abundance of wildlife, so founder David Doudle approached the Eyre Peninsula Landscape Board in 2019 and suggested that...  Read more

Take a private masterclass with Yale Norris from The Islander Estate Vineyards

Yale Norris and Jacques Lurton look upon winemaking as an art form, with Kangaroo Island as the main source of inspiration and drive. “We are both deeply connected to the land,” Yale says....  Read more

Murray River Safari Joins Australian Wildlife Journeys

A guided multi-activity wildlife adventure exploring the iconic Murray River and Riverland Ramsar Wetland of International Significance is the latest addition to Australian Wildlife Journeys collective. Part of the Murray River Trails portfolio...  Read more

Airboating across Bamurru Plains with Sab Lord

Thousands of Magpie Geese lift off into the candy-pink sky as the airboat skims along the mud-spattered surface of a gigantic floodplain. To the right, a Saltwater Crocodile lurks just under the water,...  Read more

Recording the Behaviour of the Earth’s Largest Creature with Pia Markovic

When you ask Naturaliste Charters marine biologist Pia Markovic what she loves most about Blue Whales, there’s no wavering when she answers. “Blue Whales are the largest animal on the planet – bigger...  Read more

Photographing Birds of the Eyre Peninsula with Fran Solly 

A group of keen birdwatchers recently named a bird after Fran Solly. The award-winning photographer – who escorts Australian Coastal Safaris guests on photography tours – explains that the Western Osprey chick was...  Read more

Low-light Photography Workshop with Kelvin Marshall

In the Far North Queensland Wet Tropics, rain is king. “The start of the Wet Season triggers a myriad of life cycle changes – chrysalis to butterflies, tadpoles to frogs, buds to flowers,”...  Read more

Take A Bushwalk On Kangaroo Island With World Echidna Expert Dr Peggy Rismiller

When you join world expert echidna researcher Dr Peggy Rismiller (OAM) for a bushwalk, it’s no ordinary stroll. “I’ve been working with Short-beaked Echidnas since 1988, so I know a thing or two...  Read more

Pelagic Birdwatching with Daniel Mantle and Plaxy Barratt

Seabird guides Daniel Mantle and Plaxy Barratt say there’s something extraordinary about observing birds while at sea. “Watching seabirds mastering the strong oceanic winds is just about the pinnacle of birding for both...  Read more

Explore the Privately Owned Shared Earth Reserve With James Boettcher

When the FNQ Nature Tours vehicle pulls up to the Forever Wild Shared Earth Reserve, it’s quickly evident that something special is about to occur. “We open this big locked gate and drive...  Read more

Tracking Orcas at the helm with Captain Dundee

As soon as Captain Andrew Johnstone (better known as Captain Dundee), a Naturaliste Charters skipper with a huge smile, starts talking, you realise that you’re in for a treat. “We know around 150...  Read more

FNQ Nature Tours: Our Story

After ten years of guiding nature and wildlife safaris in Northern Australia, James Boettcher established FNQ Nature Tours in 2015, with a firm belief that tourism is the key to the protection and...  Read more

Exmouth Dive & Whalesharks Ningaloo: Our Story

As the region’s original eco-tourism operation, Exmouth Dive & Whalesharks Ningaloo is synonymous with experiencing the aquatic treasures of the World Heritage Listed Ningaloo Reef Marine Park. Debbie & Mark Ferguson have been...  Read more

Australia wins Lonely Planet's Best In Travel 2021 Community Restoration award

Following catastrophic fires last summer, a number of Australian tour operators like Echidna Walkabout Nature Tours are developing effective and interesting ways to get visitors involved in helping rebuild the native wildlife and...  Read more

The Maria Island Walk: Our Story

Maria Island National Park lies just a few kilometres off Tasmania’s east coast, easily accessible from Hobart. It’s spectacular landscapes, combined with a rich concentration of wildlife, has contributed to its nickname as...  Read more

Exceptional Kangaroo Island: Our Story

Exceptional Kangaroo Island is one of Australia's most acclaimed eco tour operators.  Established in 1986, this family-owned and operated eco tour company specialises in small group and private tours on Kangaroo Island. Craig...  Read more

Video: Is this Australia's Cutest Animal?

The Common Wombat is one of Australia's wildlife icons - but how much do you know about them?   Transcript: Common Wombats are large, 'barrel-shaped' marsupials, weighing 20-30kg (44-66lb) when fully grown. They are...  Read more

Video: You Think You've Seen Crazy Cats?!

Once abundant across south-eastern mainland Australia, the Eastern Quoll is now only found on Australia's island state of Tasmania.   Transcript: Once referred to as a native cat, the Eastern Quoll (Dasyurus viverrinus) is...  Read more

New Tour Helps Aussie Tiger Quoll In Far North Queensland

MEDIA RELEASE 17 June 2020 The Tasmanian Tiger died out 80 years ago, but their cousin: the poorly-known Tiger Quoll, still survives in small numbers in Far North Queensland. A new 4 day...  Read more

Video: Whale Watching in Western Australia is back!

It's official! Naturaliste Charters are back out on the water and they're seeing plenty of Humpback Whales! The start of the whale watching season in Margaret River has begun, with local operator Naturaliste...  Read more

Video: Welcome Back, Whale Sharks!

The Whale Sharks are back on the Ningaloo Reef! With the lifting of restrictions and the arrival of Whale Sharks, the Ningaloo Reef is buzzing with excitement! Exmouth Dive & Whalesharks Ningaloo are...  Read more

Video: What Does a Laughing Kookaburra Sound Like?

Our Top 5 Laughing Kookaburra facts: 1. They have a funny call The Laughing Kookaburra gets its name from its unique call, which sounds a lot like a laugh! Check it out in...  Read more

Our Favourite Member Photographs: April 2020

Rainbow Lorikeet - Echidna Walkabout Nature Tours Image credit: Echidna Walkabout Nature Tours (via Facebook: @echidnawalkabout) Recommended tour: Great Ocean Road (3D/2N) Australian Sea-lions - Australian Coastal Safaris  Image credit: Australian Coastal Safaris...  Read more

Our Favourite Member Photographs: March 2020

Killer Whale - Naturaliste Charters Image credit: Naturaliste Charters (via Facebook: @bremercanyonkillerwhaleexpeditions) Recommended tour: Bremer Canyon Killer Whale Expedition Eastern Grey Kangaroos - Echidna Walkabout Nature Tours Image credit: Echidna Walkabout Nature Tours...  Read more

Q&A With Guides: Pia Markovic

Bremer Canyon supports one of the most astonishing aggregations of marine life anywhere on the planet and Pia Markovic has a daily front row seat as Naturaliste Charter's marine biologist! We caught up...  Read more

Our Favourite Member Photographs: February 2020

Kangaroo Island Kangaroo - Exceptional Kangaroo Island Image credit: Exceptional Kangaroo Island (via Facebook: @exceptionalkangarooisland) Exceptional Kangaroo Island came across a couple of local Kangaroo Islanders who seemed to be getting into the...  Read more

Support Australia's Wildlife Affected by Bushfires through Travel

The combination of the mobility of animals, ability to survive and in some cases thrive due to fires, means Australia continues to deliver compelling and immersive wildlife experiences post bushfire.  One of the...  Read more

Our Favourite Member Photographs: December 2019

Buff-breasted Paradise Kingfisher - FNQ Nature Tours Image credit: FNQ Nature Tours (via Facebook: @fnqnaturetours) The Buff-breasted Paradise Kingfisher is a migrant visitor to the Tablelands area in of Far North Queensland during...  Read more

Q&A With Guides: Karin Beaumont

Karin Beaumont has been part of the Premier Travel Tasmania team for more than eight years. We chatted with her just before the festive season, to find out more about her love for...  Read more

Species Feature: Common Wombat

The Common Wombat (Vombatus ursinus) is one of Australia's most endeared native marsupial species. Known for their playful nature and backwards-facing pouches, the Common Wombat is a choice encounter for many visitors to...  Read more

Our Favourite Member Photographs: November 2019

Life on the Reef - Exmouth Dive and Whalesharks Ningaloo Image credit: Exmouth Dive and Whalesharks Ningaloo (via Facebook: @exmouthdiveandwhalesharksningaloo) The Ningaloo Reef provides magical marine encounters throughout the year! Recommended tour: Deluxe...  Read more

Q&A With Guides: Craig Wickham

Recently listed as one of the Top 5 Wildlife Guides by Outside Go magazine, Craig Wickham has always had a strong passion for wildlife conservation. Craig, along with his wife and family, has...  Read more

Our Favourite Member Photographs: October 2019

Red-bellied Pademelons - The Maria Island Walk Image credit: The Maria Island Walk (via Facebook: @mariaislandwalk) Extinct on mainland Australia, these cute creatures are widespread in Tasmania and Maria Island! Recommended tour: The...  Read more

Tour Spotlight: Bremer Canyon Killer Whale Expedition

Naturaliste Charters operate full day Killer Whale expeditions out of Bremer Bay in Western Australia. From January to April each year, these expeditions take guests out to the edge of the continental shelf...  Read more

Q&A With Guides: Mark & Debbie Ferguson

In our latest Q&A with Guides, we chat with not one, but two guides! Husband-and-wife team, Mark & Debbie Ferguson, own and operate Exmouth Dive & Whalesharks Ningaloo, the region's original eco-tourism operation....  Read more

Our Favourite Member Photographs: September 2019

Rainbow Lorikeet - Australian Coastal Safaris  Image credit: Australian Coastal Safaris (via Facebook: @auscoastsafaris) South Australia’s Eyre Peninsula region is home to a diverse range of birds, none more stunning than the Rainbow...  Read more

FNQ Nature Tours gains private access to new Shared Earth Reserve

FNQ Nature Tours is excited to announce that they have been granted exclusive use of a 5000-acre nature reserve to share with guests. The Shared Earth Reserve is now owned by conservation organisation...  Read more

Q&A With Guides: David Doudle

David Doudle has lived on South Australia's Eyre Peninsula his entire life. After growing up on the family farm, David saw a great opportunity to share the natural wonders of region with international...  Read more

Our Favourite Member Photographs: July 2019

Grey-headed Flying-fox - Echidna Walkabout Nature Tours Image credit: Echidna Walkabout Nature Tours (via Instagram: @echidnawalkabout_) The Grey-headed Flying-fox is one of many wildlife sightings available in the East Gippsland region of Victoria....  Read more

Winter Whale Watching Season Launches on the Eyre Peninsula

In the southern regions of Australia, winter is now upon us, meaning that it's the special time of year that several whale species grace our shores. One of our favourite species to see...  Read more

Q&A With Guides: Daniel Fisher

Daniel Fisher has been guiding the Maria Island Walk for the past eight years. We were able to chat with him recently to find out what he loves about being a wildlife guide...  Read more

Our Favourite Member Photographs: May 2019

Buffalo - Lords Safaris Image credit: Lords Safaris (via Facebook: @lordssafarisnt) Lords Safaris encountered some Buffalo out on the Mary River floodplain, north of Kakadu National Park in the Northern Territory. These tours...  Read more

Species Feature: Green Turtle

The Green Turtle is one of the world’s largest sea turtles. At an average length of 1.2 m (4 ft) and weight of 225 kg (500 lbs), they are second in size to...  Read more

Mother's Day in Australia

In celebration of Mother's Day, we take a look at some of Australia's most loving and caring mothers! The Koala is perhaps Australia's most lovable creature. Koala mothers deserve all the accolades, given...  Read more

Q&A With Guides: Sab Lord

Sab Lord of Lord’s Kakadu & Arnhem Land Safaris is one of the most recognised and respected guides in Australia. Remarkably, the recently commenced 2019 season marks his 27th year of operation. We...  Read more

Phillip Island's Whale Season About To Commence

Every year, between May and October, great whales migrate from Antarctica to the warmer waters off NSW and Queensland for breeding. One of their favourite stops on their journey is Phillip Island, where...  Read more

Species Feature: Saltwater Crocodile

The Saltwater Crocodile (Crocodylus porosus) is perhaps northern Australia’s most famous resident. These extraordinary creatures, who have survived since the age of dinosaurs, are found across northern Australia, including Kakadu & Arnhem Land...  Read more

Our Favourite Member Photographs: April 2019

Here are some amazing April images across the Australian Wildlife Journey group! Flinders Ranges Sunrise - Arkaba Conservancy Image credit: Brooke Saward (via Instagram: @worldwanderlust) The Flinders Ranges region of South Australia is...  Read more

Koalas In Funny Positions

May 3 is Wild Koala Day! A day to celebrate Koalas living in the wild! It is also about protecting their forests and planting new forests to replace what has been taken by...  Read more

Q&A With Guides: Janine Duffy

Janine Duffy, along with Roger Smith, founded Echidna Walkabout Nature Tours in 1993, with the organisation becoming internationally-recognised in wildlife in the wild conservation travel, and winner of the 2014 World Responsible Travel...  Read more

Species Feature: Little Penguin

The Little Penguin (Eudyptula minor) is perhaps the most adored seabird in Australia. Standing at a height of approximately 33cm (13 inches) and weighing around one kilogram (2.2 pounds), they hold the title...  Read more

Species Feature: Australian Fur Seal

The Australian Fur Seal (Arctocephalus pusillus) is the largest of the fur seal family, with males growing up to 250cm in length and 360kg in weight. The females are only about half the...  Read more

Our Favourite Member Photographs: March 2019

Take a look at some of our favourite posts from our members in March 2019: Short-beaked Echidna - The Maria Island Walk The Short-beaked Echidna is found across Australia, including Tasmania and surrounding...  Read more

Koala Tree Planting Update

Thanks to international tourists, 3,000 Koala trees will be planted this year near Melbourne. Koala Clancy Foundation – an initiative of Echidna Walkabout - has secured two huge Koala tree planting opportunities around...  Read more

Q&A With Guides: James Boettcher

We recently caught up with wildlife guide James Boettcher to find out what he loves about the Far North Queensland region and learn about some exciting updates on the horizon for FNQ Nature...  Read more

Australia's Top 10 Most Beautifully Coloured Birds

Australia is home to a some of the world's most iconic birds - 828 individual species, according to a 2008 study (Christidis and Boles). Some Australian birds are known for their audible abilities;...  Read more

Species Feature: Whale Shark

Growing to lengths of up to 12 metres, the Whale Shark is the world’s largest fish! Their mouths can grow to widths of 1.5 metres too! Harmless to humans, these gigantic fish eat...  Read more

Our Favourite Member Photographs: February 2019

Take a look at some of our favourite posts from our members in February 2019: Orca - Naturaliste Charters Image credit: Michael Haluwana (via Instagram: @aeroture_aus) Naturaliste Charters get you face-to-face (literally!) with...  Read more

Species Feature: Thorny Devil

The Thorny Devil, also known as the Thorny Lizard or Mountain Devil, is an iconic resident of arid grasslands in Australia’s central and western deserts. The unmistakable large, robust spikes are a unique...  Read more

Our Favourite Member Photographs: January 2019

The Australian summer provides a number of unique viewing opportunities for our wildlife. With temperatures peaking for the year in Southern Australia, visitors will often find land-based mammals including marsupials, invertebrates and birds...  Read more

Killer Whale Season Starts in Spectacular Fashion!

The 2019 Killer Whale season has officially commenced for the Naturaliste Charters team! The endless hours of preparing, the weeks of build-up and the hype for the season had the whole crew in...  Read more

Help Australia's Marsupials by Taking a Tour!

Wildlife-based tourism is growing rapidly as more people travel the world. However, not all animal experiences are created equal. It’s widely agreed that the only sustainable and ethical experiences are those where humans...  Read more

Australia's Most Amazing Aquatic Adventures

Australia is surrounded by water brimming with a vast variation of marine species and home to a large number of creeks and rivers that coil their way around the vast land. There is...  Read more

Australia's Top 11 Quirkiest Birds

Australia is teeming with fabulous quirky birds – birds with extraordinary songs, birds that break eggs with stones, birds that run like the wind, and birds that dance like no one is watching...  Read more

Facts You Didn't Know About Kangaroos!

Kangaroos are macropods and there are over 50 species of macropods (a general term for kangaroos, wallabies, pademelons, potoroos and bettongs) found in Australia – and a few more in Papua New Guinea....  Read more

How to Help Conserve Australia's Birds on Your Next Trip

From the flightless Emu and paternal-nesting Southern Cassowary to the raucous Laughing Kookaburra and screeching pink and grey Galah, Australia’s 800 or so bird species are as varied, unique and intriguing as the...  Read more

Incredible White Whale Humpback Swim at Ningaloo!

Guests on the Humpback Whale Swim Tour with Exmouth Dive & Whalesharks Ningaloo experienced an unexpected and extremely unique encounter with a White Humpback Whale and its mama this week!! Only four white...  Read more

Best Places to see Australia's Amazing Northern Migratory Birds

Australians are well-known for their capacity to travel on long-haul flights to all corners of the Earth, such is the geographical necessity of living in the antipodes. So, it’s fitting then, that the...  Read more

Naturaliste Charters & Boutique Wildlife Tours join AWJ

Australian Wildlife Journeys is pleased to announce that Naturaliste Charters from Western Australia’s southwest region and Boutique Wildlife Tours from the Southern Highlands, just south of Sydney, have joined the group. Since the...  Read more

Australia's Great Humpback Whale Migration

Each January, around 60,000 Humpback Whales leave the frigid, food-rich waters of Antarctica and begin the world’s longest mammal migration, a 5,000 kilometre, three-month journey to the warm waters of northern Australia where...  Read more

Lizard Spotting on Safari across Australia

From Saltwater Crocs to the world’s most venomous snakes, Australia houses more reptile species than any other country on the planet. With more than 600 known species distributed throughout Australia, lizards are the...  Read more

Our Favourite Marine Species at Ningaloo

In March and April each year, the coral colonies on Ningaloo Reef spawn, exploding billions of tiny eggs into the water column and triggering a massive food chain event that lasts until September....  Read more

Four Incredible Places to Spot Baby Whales around Australia

As whale watching Australia goes, it doesn’t get much better than observing a mother interacting with her calf, particularly Humpback Whales, which are known as the showmen (and women!) of the whale world....  Read more

Species Feature: Tasmanian Native Hen

One of the most interesting birds to observe on Australia’s beautiful isle state, is the Tasmanian Native Hen (Tribonyx mortierii). This endemic species was made extinct by dingoes and increasing aridity on mainland...  Read more

Birdwatching Across Australia's Outback

From colourful parrots and majestic eagles to dancing Brolgas and sprightly Fairy-wrens, when it comes to birdwatching in Australia’s Outback, the variety of birdlife astounds. Just a little west of Adelaide – as...  Read more

Lords Safaris Featured in UK Telegraph

Adventure in the Northern Territory – and a fresh perspective on Australia Lydia Bell from the Telegraph UK recently spent some time in the Australia's spectacular 'Top End' with Sab Lord & Dean...  Read more

Tips to See More Wildlife Next Snorkelling Trip

Strapping on a mask and snorkel and slipping into the ocean on Ningaloo Reef is like passing through a portal into another world.  “The feeling of weightlessness and experiencing the incredible richness of...  Read more

50 Orcas Spotted off Sydney Harbour: Photos

It was a very special afternoon for Oz Whale Watching guests this afternoon. After watching a pair of mature Humpback Whales off North Head, we were very grateful to hear from Micheal Ellison...  Read more

Species Feature: Short-beaked Echidna

The Short-beaked Echidna (Tachyglossus aculeatus) is one of Earth’s oldest mammals, believed to have shared Earth with the dinosaurs, up to 110 Million years ago! The Short-beaked Echidna,  Long-beaked Echidna (Zaglossus) and Platypus...  Read more

Species Feature: Kangaroo Island Kangaroo

The Kangaroo Island Kangaroo (Macropus fuliginosus fuliginosus) is a sub-species of the Western Grey Kangaroo (Macropus fuliginosus). As a result of a prolonged period of isolation from mainland Australia, the Kangaroo Island Kangaroo...  Read more

Sensational Seal and Dolphin Photos this Winter

Winter is a fantastic time to spot marine mammals across Australia including dolphins and seals. Two of the most common species of dolphin found around Australia are the Bottlenose and Short-beaked Common Dolphin....  Read more

Species Feature: King Parrot

Across the cooler coastal and mountain forests of eastern Australia, a highlight for many wildlife lovers is to see the magnificent scarlet underside and red head of the male King Parrot (Alisterus scapularis)....  Read more

Species Feature: Yellow-footed Rock Wallaby

The Yellow-footed Rock Wallaby (Petrogale Xanthopus) is one of the most beautifully coloured and patterned species in the Macropod family. It’s known for its long orange-brown tail with dark rings, white-striped face and...  Read more

Incredible Whale Photos across Australia this Week

The Humpback and Southern Right whale watching season has well and truly commenced across both the East and West coasts of Australia. These are our favourite images posted this week! Oz Whale Watching...  Read more

Species Feature: Southern Cassowary

The purpose of the Southern Cassowary’s distinctive casque (helmet), which is unique to every individual, is unknown, but recent research suggests that it may help cassowaries to feel the low vibrating sound made...  Read more

Richard l'Anson to Lead Photo Safari: Arkaba & Lake Eyre

Charge your camera and pack your safari gear! Kati Thanda Lake-Eyre has been transformed bringing life to South Australia's parched salt pans and desert country. Arkaba is celebrating with this five-day photographic safari...  Read more

Removing Ghost Net from East Gippsland

On our last 4 day Wildlife Journey to East Gippsland, we watched delighted as a family of female and juvenile Australian Fur Seals played near the rocks at Cape Conran.  It was our...  Read more

#WildKoalaDay: Five Reasons We Love Seeing Koalas in the Wild

With its fluffy ears and spoon-shaped nose, the Koala is one of Australia's most adored animals. In Australia you can still see Koalas in the wild, and we aim to keep it that...  Read more

Little Eagle Spotted at Arkaba

This Little Eagle (Hieraaetus morphnoides) was spotted above Arkaba's homestead garden recently. This individual might have been hunting rabbits, reptiles or even birds when field guide Charlie managed to snap this picture as...  Read more

FNQ Nature Tours the latest addition to Australian Wildlife Journeys

Australian Wildlife Journeys is pleased to announce FNQ Nature Tours, as the latest operator to join the member-based consortium. James Boettcher established the Cairns based tour company three years ago, driven by the...  Read more