In Search of Animals!

Here in the UK, we have limited access to the wonderful, exotic animals we hope to see during our lifetimes so in this article, we will be exploring the best places to visit for sightings of a variety of species. At Holidaysplease, we believe wholeheartedly in sustainable tourism so rest assured, these suggestions are all responsible.

Giant Pandas

This rare and striking animal is seen as a mascot in the province of Sichuan, China and naturally, this is where we suggest you visit! Aside from the world-famous Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding in Chengdu, there is also the Dujiangyan Panda Reserve located in the Qingcheng Mountains, around 1.5 hours by car from Chengdu. Wander through thick bamboo landscapes in search of pandas or volunteer at the facility for the day. The primary purpose of this organisation is to help increase the wild panda population and to raise these animals to thrive and survive when released into the wild, making for a sustainable and immersive travel experience.

Gorillas

The best place to see the magnificent Gorilla is the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park in Uganda. As the park’s name suggests, this site is committed to the protection of these rare and intelligent creatures, even requiring a permit from tourists to see them (speak to our Personal Travel Experts for more details). As a display of their dedication to sustainable touring, the routes you need to take to venture towards the gorillas’ habitat is less than comfortable, winding through the forest’s thick, green vegetation. However, this completely natural and untamed environment has proven ideal for these animals, as the total population is estimated at an amazing 350 gorillas!

Orangutans

Tragically on the brink of extinction as a result of deforestation, these beautiful animals are watched closely by conservationists in the thick jungles of Borneo. In this destination, a variety of sustainable experiences for seeing ex-captive orangutans in their rehabilitation stages or to trek to see wild orangutans are available. Should seeing these creatures in their natural habitat be high on your list of priorities, you will need to set aside a couple of days for hiking to minimise the risk of disappointment. For a list of guidelines to ensure your visit does not affect the surroundings of these fragile creatures, ensure you research tips for sustainable tourists regarding wildlife or speak to your tour leader.

Parrots

For a truly vibrant wildlife experience, head to the jungles of Costa Rica for sightings of a variety of exotic animals. This fabulous destination is home to around 850 species of bird, capturing the attention of avid birdwatchers worldwide. From toucans to kingfishers, macaws to herons, these enchanting eco-systems have a plethora of wildlife to make your holiday an experience of a lifetime. For the ultimate itinerary, speak with our Personal Travel Experts for small-group touring options where you can make the most of your trip and encounter as many species as possible.

Polar Bear

Seeing this rare and beautiful creature in the wild is often high on the bucket lists of wildlife enthusiasts. Although many would believe the North Pole is the best place to see them, it is actually Churchill, a town in northern Canada which is known as the “Polar Bear Capital of the World”. This region is home to 17,000 out of the estimated global total of 25,000 polar bears and runs safaris to see the creatures from a respectful distance.

Bengal Tigers

The best place to see the majestic Bengal tiger is at the Ranthambore National Park in Rajasthan, northern India. Since the 1970’s this reserve has had an uplifting success story, increasing its tiger population from around 16 tigers to almost 70 at the last count in 2018. On your visit to the park, you will also see species such as striped hyenas, monkeys, leopards and even (if you are lucky) the Indian wolf, making for spectacular holiday memories. If India as a destination is high on your bucket list, this region is often included in Golden Triangle itineraries so you can search for wildlife without excessive detours.

Are you interested in seeing one of your favourite animals in their natural habitat or within a renowned conservation? Get in touch today and allow one of our Personal Travel Experts to help you plan the experience of a lifetime!

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