10 Adventures For Animal Lovers
Animals are pretty great aren't they? Yeah, nature has produced some weird and wonderful things and seeing the living creatures we share this Earth with can be quite heartwarming and gratifying but where does the animal loving adventurer go to spot some pretty epic wildlife?
Here we take a look at some great ideas for awesome animal spotting trips.
1. African Safari
This may seem like an obvious one but it's a good one as well. A safari is a great way to get up close and personal with some of the more exotic and ferocious beasts of Africa without having to be in too much peril or disturb them so much.
Depending on where about's on the continent you go, you can see a whole range of things like elephants, crocs, lions etc. and trips can be found in South Africa, Kenya, Tanzania and all over Africa.
2. Tracking Down Tigers
Tigers are magnificent and beautiful creatures but they are also powerful and wild thus making them extremely dangerous. As such, they've been rather demonized throughout history which has led them to being endangered but in recent years, conservation efforts have helped their numbers creep up.
With around 70% of the population living in India, tours around Bandhavgarh, Ranthambore and Kanha national parks, as well as the Sundarbans, may yield some decent results when it comes to sightings but they are notoriously hard to see.
3. The Unique Sights of The Galapagos
An archipelago of volcanic islands off the coast of Ecuador, the Galapagos are noted for a number of endemic species they hold due to their relative isolation from the rest of the continent of South America. As such, some of the wildlife is truly rare and unique only to the islands.
Highly protected because of this, getting to see them can be tricky and involves a bit of planning. However, if you can make it there you'll see unique species like the Galapagos tortoise, Galapagos Pelican, and Galapagos land iguana.
4. Birdspotting at Ballestas
People often dismiss the Islas Ballestas as a poor version of Galapagos which is highly unfair since it has its own range of spectacular wildlife including sea lions, fur seals, and a massive seabird colony.
Visitors can't make land on the island because of the fragility of its bio-diversity but guided boat tours to spots birds such as Humboldt penguins, blue-footed boobies, and Peruvian pelicans can be chartered.
5. Dragon Hunting
Komodo dragons can only be found on the Indonesian islands of Komodo, Rinca, Flores, Gili Motang, and Padar and are the largest living lizards on Earth as they grow up to 3 meters in length and prowl the beaches looking for food or engaged in a carnivorous duel to the death.
The closest thing to seeing a living dinosaur these monstrous beasts are quite the sight, just make sure to keep your distance.
6.Orcas In Orkney
The wild waters North of Scotland are a fantastic place to spot Orca whales and 90% of their sightings in the UK come from the waters around Orkney and Shetland islands with high vantage points from the cliffs from the islands meaning you don't necessarily even have to take a boat out to see them, providing it's a clear day.
Pilot whales, minke whales, and bottlenose dolphins have all also been spotted in the waters surrounding the islands whilst seabirds such as corncrakes call the islands home too.
7. Sloth Search
Costa Rica's biodiversity is simply incredible bearing in mind it has around 6% of it when it takes up 0.03% of the Earth's surface.Jaguars roam the cloud forests of the country but are notoriously hard to come by due to their elusive nature.
Slow moving sloths are far easier to come by, especially if you head to places like Manuel Antonio National Park.
8. Courting Kiwis
The national bird of New Zealand is extremely rare and very, very hard to come by but places like Zealandia in the hills of the capital city, Wellington are world-class conservation projects that allow you a chance to take a tour around a protected area of these hills to possibly come across the flightless birds at night.
They also have other native birdlife, flora, and fauna to see if you don't manage to get a glimpse of the notoriously shy animals.
9. Where There Are Bears
Known as 'the polar bear capital of the world', the bears gather in the Hudson Bay area of Churchill, Manitoba in Canada during fall as they wait for the sea ice to freeze so they can head out towards where the local seals are in order to begin their hunting season.
Because the bears conglomerate in large numbers, it is best to give the bay a wide berth but there are viewing towers and tundra buggies that can be used making it one of the most accessible polar bear viewing spots in the world. October and November are peak seasons for this viewing and will probably cost you around CAD $470 for a full-day tour.
10. Orangutans in Borneo
One of the last places to see the magnificent endangered orangutan, it is home to one of the world's oldest rainforests and the orangutans share their home with proboscis monkeys, gibbon, and macaques but there are other rare creatures hiding in the dense foliage.
Divided between the three states of Malaysia, Brunei, and Indonesia, Borneo is an important refuge for many endemic forest species, including the Borneo elephant, the eastern Sumatran rhinoceros, the Bornean clouded leopard, the hose's palm civet and the dayak fruit bat.