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10 Best Places on Earth for Animal Watching

If you are an animal lover and a traveler, then it is natural that you’d want to visit places that fulfill your desires for viewing animals in their natural state and also enjoying nature. Here’s a list of the ten best animal sighting locations in the world. Consider these when you’re planning a vacation next time.

  1. Florida, USA
Alligators, Florida
Alligators in Florida

Alligators are a part of the Florida waterscape. There are more than 1.25 million of these reptiles in this southeastern state, and you’ll find them in backyards, crossing roads, and even on golf courses. Observing these giants in their natural habitat is an experience. There are many alligator farms and parks that you can visit. These venues are open throughout the year.

  1. Tiger Temple, Thailand
Tiger Temple, Thailand
Tiger Temple, Thailand

It’s a tiger sanctuary with a difference and it’s located at Saiyok in Kanchanburi Province in Thailand. The tiger temple has been around since 1994. The animals, Indochine tigers, Bengal tigers, and Malayan tigers are released into the wild after they grow up. You can actually get yourself photographed with a tiger over here. The place is a 2-hour bus ride from Bangkok.

  1. Cable Beach, Australia.
Cable Beach, Australia
Cable Beach, Australia

Catching a sunset riding on a camel is an experience that you can boast of only if you’re a Bedouin…or, if you travel to Cable Beach in Australia and spend time in one of the camel farms here. Situated in Western Australia, these farms are accessible by bus from Broome. Your travel agent will be able to arrange the ride for you.

  1. Wild Monkeys in Nagano, Japan
Jigokudani Wild Monkey Park
Jigokudani Wild Monkey Park

The Jigokudani Wild Monkey Park in Nagano, Japan is home to macaques. You have definitely seen pictures of these simians sitting in hot water pools, trying to keep warm in the snowy winter months. The macaques here are used to human presence. If you want to catch them bathing, then winter is the best time to visit. The park is at a walking distance from Nagano.

  1. Puffins in Iceland
Puffins in Iceland
Puffins in Iceland

Puffins are instantly recognizable because of their distinctive beaks and color. These seabirds are found abundantly along the craggy cliffs of the rugged Icelandic coastline. Vast colonies of puffins nest in the many uninhabited islands in this beautiful country. Get in touch with a tour operator in Reykjavik to get up close and personal with puffins. Summers are the idea time to catch puffins. During winters, these birds head to sea.

  1. Koalas, Down Under
Koala in Australia
Koala in Australia

Australia has an overabundance of cute animals — think kangaroos and koalas. And you don’t have to trek to a remote forest to view these eucalyptus loving animals. If you’re in Queensland or Victoria, you can easily visit a park that is home to koalas. Watch them from a distance or give one a hug. These parks are open throughout the year.

  1. Emperor Penguins in Antarctica
Emperor Penguins in Antarctica
Emperor Penguins in Antarctica

When you camp on the shores of the Weddell Sea in Antarctica, you will soon see hordes of penguins waddling up and down the shore — and the intrepid ones among them will come quite close to you. Emperor penguins are majestic creatures. The best time to visit Antarctica for viewing penguins is during November to March; it’s summer season at that time. Chile, Australia, and South Africa are good starting points for an expedition to Antarctica.

  1. Serengeti National Park, Tanzania
Serengeti National Park
Serengeti National Park

One of the most treasured and precious refuge for animals of Africa, Serengeti National Park in Tanzania offers glimpses of wildlife in a manner unmatched anywhere in the world. Lions, elephants, giraffes, antelopes, wildebeests, hyenas…all the animals that you’ve gazed at on Discovery Channel can be seen here. Walks, drives, and even hot air balloon rides are available. June to October are the best times to see the big cats hunt prey. The park is a drive away from Arusha and Lake Manyara.

  1. Whales in Hawaii
Whales in Hawaii
Whales in Hawaii

Whales of the North Pacific arrive near the Hawaiian shores each year for breeding. These huge mammals present a spectacular sight and are as good a reason to visit these beautiful islands as the beaches and surfing are. Whales can be seen in Hawaii from December to June. The whale watching sites can be accessed from any of the cities in Hawaii.

  1. Mountain Gorillas in Congo
Mountain Gorillas in Congo
Mountain Gorillas in Congo

Virunga National Park in Congo is one of the world’s last refuges for the Mountain Gorilla. An excursion in this national park is nothing short of an adventure. The rangers here work hard to protect these animals from poachers. Kakamero and Bukima are starting points for a visit to this park.

 

Originally posted 2017-05-10 07:35:42.

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