Who doesn’t want to see all of the world’s crazy and colorful wildlife? One of the greatest thrills of travelling is experiencing and witnessing things you would never see in your homeland. Seeing exotic creatures in their natural habitat is what I call living! If you’re planning an escape in 2015, try these vacations for animal lovers.
Galapagos Islands, Ecuador
The islands sit along the coast of ecuador and are peculiar in that they were never attached to any continent. The archipelago is a volcanic formation, creating rather peculiar living conditions for its inhabitants. The animals which currently reside on the islands had to either swim, float or fly there, and then adapt to the strange conditions. Therefore, a number of “homegrown” species exist on the islands, including the Galapagos tortoise and the marine iguana. Fun fact: It was after studying the wildlife of the Galapagos that Charles Darwin developed his Theory of Evolution.
Of course. An African Safari is every wildlife-lovers dream expedition. There are endless tour options that guarantee you a look at the Big 5: Elephants, Rhino, Lions, Leopards and Buffalo. But let’s not forget zebras, hyenas, giraffes, flamingoes, hippos… ah, the list goes on. The best time to visit is during the migration – when the animals come to Kenya from the Serengeti in Tanzania – which occurs between July and October.
Great Barrier Reef, Australia
It is no surprise the Great Barrier Reef one of the natural wonders of the world – it is the largest coral reef system (covering an area of 133,000 square miles), and is comprised entirely of living organisms. You will be mesmerized by the kaleidoscope of colors and the variety of weird and wonderful things living in our ocean. The reef is along the coast of Queensland, and once you have returned to dry land you might also consider popping in to the Australia Zoo – Steve Irwin’s legacy and home to some of the nation’s one-of-a-kind animal species, like kangaroos and koalas.
Roughly 90 per cent of Madagascar’s wildlife is endemic, like its lemurs – of which they have approximately 100 different species! It is also home to 300 species of birds, more than 250 reptile species and the fossa – some kind of cat-mongoose hybrid. On top of its unique animal life, its landscapes and plant life are equally rare and impressive.