Go to a zoo:
|Get a great view of a Siberian tiger at the Toronto Zoo. |
Photo by Ber Zophus at Wikimedia.
If you have a local zoo, see what it has to offer. And if you like to travel, consider the San Diego Zoo, the Smithsonian National Zoological Park in Washington, DC, the Singapore Zoo, the National Zoological Gardens of South Africa, or the Toronto Zoo. All of these zoos are well-respected institutions that promote animal conservation and have fantastic educational programs.
Go to an aquarium:
|Interact with dolphins at the National Aquarium. |
Photo by the National Aquarium at Wikimedia.
If you get a chance, you may want to check out the National Aquarium in Baltimore, the Georgia Aquarium, the Monterey Bay Aquarium, the Aquarium of Western Australia (AQWA) in Perth or L’Oceanogràfic in Valencia, Spain.
Learn more about some of these aquariums here and here.
Take a wildlife tour:
|See breathtaking animals in their natural habitat |
from the security of your guide's vehicle.
Photo by Brian Snelson at Wikimedia.
Maybe your dream has always been to go on an African safari. Consider the Safari Serengeti trip in Tanzania by Overseas Adventure Travel, where you can see animals like Thomson’s gazelles, buffalo, and elephants. Or participate in a North American safari in Yellowstone National Park with Wolf & Bear Safaris by the Yellowstone Safari Company. If a Northwoods flavor suits you, check out Northwoods Outfitters Moose Wildlife Safari in Maine. Or take a Hawaiian vacation and go whale watching with Ultimate Whale Watch in Maui. For a scientific marine vacation, go on an Educational Shark Encounter trip with Fish Finder Adventures based in Ocean City, Maryland. Whatever your dream animal watching trip, a guide can help you bring it to life.
Go somewhere wild on your own:
|Kayak by thousands of birds in the Everglades |
(but don't forget your anti-bird-poop-hat).
Photo by Matt Magolan.
We share this world with countless amazing animals. Find your own way to experience, learn about and appreciate them. I’ll go into more detail on these vacations and others in future posts, so comment below and let us know what animal watching vacations you have done and what you are interested in doing in the future.