Most iconic wildlife regions in the world
For the wildlife and photography enthusiast, an adventure trip to see and take shots of wildlife is an experience to die for. Whether you’re planning to traverse the alpine wilderness, rain forest or desert outback, or capture a herd of elephants grazing or a pack of lions hunting; here are the world’s top 8 wildlife destinations to visit.
Definitely, you have heard about The Big Five and the Wildebeest Migration. If you want to catch a glimpse of this wildlife action, then Kenya is the place to go! Maasai Mara National Reserve is undoubtedly the biggest wildlife park here. In this reserve, you can witness African Leopards, Masai Lions, Thomson’s Gazelles, Tanzanian Cheetahs, and the incredible migration of millions of Wildebeests and Zebras.
2. Costa Rica
Despite its small size, Costa Rica is one of the world’s most biodiverse countries. Due to the diverse range of habitats within the country, including cloud forests, mangrove forests, deciduous forests, tropical rainforests and coastlines, a wide variety of insects, reptiles, amphibians, mammals and birds call Costa Rica home. Look out for endangered species like Harpy Eagles, Baird’s Tapirs, White-lipped Peccaries and Red-backed Squirrel Monkeys.
The Amazon Basin, also known as the Amazon Jungle or the Amazonian, is home to 427 mammals, 1300 birds, 378 reptiles, 3000 fish species and 4000 butterfly species. Jaguars, Sloths, River Dolphins, Macaws, Anacondas and Jesus Lizards are some of the animals you’ll encounter on your trip through the Amazon. The rainforest is also home to some of the rarest species in the world, especially turtles.
Lone Pine Sanctuary is a must visit if you have an obsession for Koalas. The sanctuary, just 12 kilometres from Brisbane’s CBD, is the world’s largest koala haven with a population of more than 120 koalas. Besides Koalas, the park is an abode for Wombats, Echidnas, Kangaroos, and different types of reptiles and Australian birds, including Emus and Cassowaries. If you’re visiting this amazing country, you need to check out Australian Wildlife Journeys for wildlife tours. Their wildlife tours are quite extensive and showcase the best regions around the country.
The Galápagos Islands, located 950 kilometres off Ecuador’s western coast, are inhabited by vivid marine life. The 29 islands are popular among tourists who visit the area to catch a glimpse of exotic birds and reptiles. Here you can find the Giant Tortoise, Land Iguana, Blue- footed Boobies, Albatrosses, Frigatebirds, and more.
Alaska, “The Great Land”, is home to both sea and land wildlife species. Glacier National Park, the largest state park in Alaska, is a safe refuge for animals ranging from Beluga Whales to Bald Eagles. Land animals to look for include bears, foxes and coyotes. Off the coast, you’ll find dolphins, sea lions, and seals.
Namibian wildlife population has decreased over the years as a result of human-wildlife conflicts. But through eco-tourism, education, and protection of migration routes and habitats, Namibia has been able to restore its native wildlife. Today, Namibia’s 26 parks and reserves are rich in cheetah, lion, zebra, and black rhino populations.
Yellow Stone National park, the most popular sanctuary in the USA, has the largest collection of Resident Elks, Grizzly Bears and Wolves. In addition to the stunning wildlife, the park is known for its spectacular geysers, mud pots and hot springs.