If you love animals, you probably are on a constant look out to make them a part of your holiday experience, and given the variety of animal life on our planet, it is not a challenging prospect. Almost every place in the world has its own wildlife that can sustain in unique atmospheric conditions, and no two places in the world that have different climate have the same animal life. Therefore, there are plenty of opportunities to meet different kinds of animals on your journeys around the globe, to be mesmerised by the nature’s diversity.
We bring you six places in the world, along with one animal that you must go and visit during your stay at these places:
United States for Bison
If you are looking for an alternative to the African Safari in the US, Wyoming is the place for you. The Yellowstone National Park, also known as the first national park in the world, is a great place to spot the Big 5 – wolves, bison, bears, moose and elk-of the US wildlife. The Yellowstone Park bison herd is the oldest and largest public bison herd in the United States. Offering numerous opportunities for hiking, camping, boating, fishing and sightseeing, The Yellowstone National Park is a wildlife lover’s delight.
South Africa for the Aardwark
The only member of the prehistoric Tubulidentata species, the aardvark is a nocturnal mammal native to Africa. These elusive insectivores can be found at Alice Glockner Nature Reserve, Benfontein Nature Reserve, Karoo Gariep Conservancy, Rocherpan Nature Reserve as well as Witsand Nature Reserve. However, if there’s one place where the sightings are guaranteed, it’s Samara Private Game Reserve, a five-star private game reserve, also popular as the home of aardvarks.
The Philippines for Tarsiers
Endemic to the Philippines, tarsiers are one of the smallest primates. Though the populations of tarsiers are also found in the south-eastern part of the archipelago on the islands of Samar, Leyte and Mindanao, it is at the Bohol Conservation Centre that you can easily spot these furry little creatures. The Maripipi Island, Siargao Island, Basilan Island and Dinagat Island are also popular as places where these nocturnal mammals can be found albeit with a little difficulty.
Mexico for Dolphins
A cruise through Mexico’s Sea of Cortez often becomes one of the most memorable experiences for the visitors, thanks to the large populations of dolphins in these waters. Covered by the Wild West shorelines of Baja California, the waters are also home to sea lions, sharks, huge manta rays and the mighty blue whales along with some 900 fish species and 32 types of marine mammals. Swimming with dolphins in what is one of the world’s best natural aquariums is sure to leave your thrilled.
Indonesia for Komodo Dragons
Existing only on the five Indonesian islands of Komodo, Rinca, Flores, Gili Motang and Padar; Komodo dragons are the world’s largest lizards. Dominating the ecosystem in which they live, these menacing creatures can hunt and kill far bigger animals than them including humans, as a result of their toxic bites. The fearsome creatures have been declared vulnerable by the IUCN, and have a national park for their protection under the Indonesian law.
Australia for Quokka
Australia is blessed with abundant plant and wildlife so much so that 83 per cent of mammals, 89 percent of reptiles and 93 per cent of the amphibians found here are endemic to the country, but none are as cute as the quokka, the size of a cat. Some of the best places to find these friendly creatures in Australia are Rottnest and Bald Island near Albany. Considered the world’s happiest animal, quokka is one of the most sought after animals by the tourists who love to get a ‘selfie’ clicked with this cuddly creature.