Lions and tigers and bears, oh my! Book a first class ticket to see your favorite furry, feathery, and ferocious friends!
Are you a devoted animal lover? Do you want the once in a lifetime chance to see wildlife beyond photos and textbooks? Well, look no further, here are eight destinations perfect for the eager animal lover within all of us.
Remember to research each destination’s ethical practices and conservation efforts to ensure responsible animal tourism!
Galapagos Islands, Ecuador
Known for its unique wildlife, including giant tortoises, marine iguanas, and blue-footed boobies, the Galapagos Islands are iconic for being a world unto themselves, created solely of lava and studied by biologists for having been an inspiration for Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution.
Serengeti National Park, Tanzania
Have you seen The Lion King? Serengeti National Park in Tanzania is famous for its annual wildebeest migration and diverse wildlife, such as lions, elephants, and giraffes. Try to spot all of your favorite safari animals as you explore the savanna.
Corcovado National Park, Costa Rica
Costa Rica as a whole is a biodiversity hotspot with opportunities to spot monkeys, sloths, toucans, and sea turtles. Corcovado National Park is renowned as one of the most biodiverse places on earth, bursting with flora and fauna and taking up almost a third of the Osa Peninsula.
Kangaroo Island, Australia
Kangaroo Island is, you guessed it, home to a variety of wildlife, including kangaroos, koalas, and sea lions. Visit Flinders Chase National Park, the Remarkable Rocks, and the Seal Bay Conservation Park on your visit down under, and take in all that the island has to offer.
Borneo offers a chance for travelers to see orangutans, proboscis monkeys, and pygmy elephants in their natural habitat. The island is also home to the sun bear, clouded leopard, and flying fox bat, as well as endangered species like the Sumatran tiger and rhino.
A prime location for polar bear watching, especially during the annual migration, Churchill is located in northern Manitoba and makes for the perfect cold weather bucket list trip. Look at this guy!
Khao Yai National Park, Thailand
Want to see some elephants? Khao Yai National Park is a paradise for nature (and elephant) lovers. You can enjoy hiking, taking in the magnificent views and waterfalls, and witnessing the other wildlife such as the gibbons, deers, and even bears.
Exploring the grounds of the Chengdu Giant Panda Breeding and Research Center is a thoroughly pleasant experience. The center is clean and beautifully landscaped, spanning over 92 acres, and filled with well-kept paths and bamboo forests. Baby pandas are quite exceptional and they can climb trees in as little as five months!