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Top 10 Spots To See Wildlife Around The World

Our top 10 spots to see wildlife around the world

Few experiences are indelibly marked in the mind as much as an encounter with the world’s
largest fish or greatest predators. Great wildlife sightings – may it be whale sharks flicking
through the water for their next meal, jaguars hunting down their prey or penguins fishing for
shrimps – are not always guaranteed. It takes great timing to get the best possible chance of
observing something special. And to have a never-to-be-forgotten wildlife encounter you
should visit these top ten wildlife destinations in the world.


For many wildlife enthusiasts, travelling in Galapagos Island is a dream come true. This year-round
destination plays host to iguanas, albatross, and green sea turtles. In May, there are
opportunities to see tortoises laying their eggs on shore and frigate birds mating.


Scotland’s west coast, particularly the Isle of Mull, is a haven of seabirds. Here you can also
spot golden eagles, sharks, and seals. The destination is great for kayaking too. When the rain
stops, the sun shines revealing the area’s wilderness, seascapes, and precipitous cliffs. Be on
the lookout for midges.


Of all wildlife sightings, the wildebeest migration is the most guaranteed. And Serengeti is
the best place to catch this action. From May to July, millions of wildebeests cross
Tanzania’s Grumeti River into Kenya’s Maasai Mara in search of food and water.


Undoubtedly, Australia is the land of the spectacular and weird. In Heron Island, you can see
turtles nesting in November and their eggs hatching between December and March. If you
love diving, then Western Australia, particularly the Ningaloo Reef, is the best place to see
and snorkel with whale sharks, and many other wildlife tours.


Mexico’s Baja California is an exceptionally diverse peninsula. Whale populations are high
between February and March when thousands of Pacific grey whales copulate and give birth.
There is also a good chance of seeing mysterious creatures like orcas, pygmy killer whales,
and dwarf sperm whales.


Polar bears migrating north and grizzly bears hunting for salmon in Glendale River are some
of the world’s best wildlife sightings. This wildlife spectacle can only be found in Canada,
which is famous for its great wildlife encounters both in spring and in the autumn.


With an estimated population of around 6000 snow leopards and 2000 wild tigers, India is
certainly a top destination for feline fanatics. Seeing one of these cats in the wild is an
exhilarating experience. Sightings are more likely in February and April.


Antarctica’s environment is the most extreme on earth. Its landscapes and giant icebergs have
an unforgettable atmosphere. On land, the penguins rule with their pure comedy. Their antics
are truly memorable, especially when they introduce themselves by pecking visitors’ boots.


Pantanal, the largest tropical wetland in Brazil and in the world, is home to jaguars – the third
largest felines in the world after lions and tigers. These elusive animals are prolific swimmers
and prey on caiman, fish, and turtles.


Coming face-to-face with mountain gorillas is a scary yet fascinating experience. Rwanda’s
gentle beasts make up half of the world’s gorilla population. Gorilla trekking is great during
the dry season (December-February).


The national wildlife refuges of the United States are unmatched by those of any other country in the world in the geographic span they cover, the diversity of habitat they provide and the variety and numbers of wild creatures they harbor.

Most of our endangered species would not survive now but for these protected places. Other species almost certainly would have become endangered but for this protection.

Huge brown bears weighing a half-ton, largest land carnivore in the world, roam Alaskan refuges, fishing where millions of salmon fight their way up rushing streams and rivers. Brilliant painted buntings nest on coastal Georgia and South Carolina islands. Bald eagles congregate by the hundreds in sanctuaries in the lower 48 states as well as Alaska.

Millions of waterfowl darken the sky as in a bygone age when they visit Tule Lake in California’s Klamath Basin. Millions of shorebirds gather in spring in Bowerman Basin at Grays Harbor on the coast of Washington, and on the east coast at Cape May in New Jersey, essential stopovers to rest and store up fat reserves en route to Arctic breeding grounds.

The howl of the red wolf is once again heard in the wild at Alligator River. Florida Panthers have their own refuge where it is hoped their small numbers will increase. Primeval alligators, once endangered, below through the night in Louisiana, Georgia and Florida marshes, one of many endangered species brought back from the edge of extinction at refuges.

More than 475 of these remarkable places exist, at least one in every state. They cover 91 million acres and protect substantially every kind of wild animal native to the continent. It is an extraordinary list–more than 220 species of mammals, more than 600 of birds, 250 reptiles and amphibians, over 200 species of fish and uncounted numbers of plants, from wild orchids to unique palm trees.

Most refuges are open to the public for various wildlife-oriented activities. Prime among these is nature observation, but they range also through photography, hiking, backpacking, fishing. Hunting is included at many, mainly regarded these days as a management tool to keep wildlife populations in balance. To decide deer may proliferate freely, for example, can mean eliminating the woods understory where towhees might nest. But at some refuges hunting remains a central activity, albeit controversial, following state regulations, often on land which became a refuge on condition these traditional activities be allowed to continue. This can interfere with wildlife observation (sometimes it’s best to enquire ahead in fall, especially at southern and western refuges). Some refuges also are closed, partly closed or closed seasonally to protect sensitive wildlife nesting or other vulnerable situations.