What Are Your Favorite Locations For Wildlife Viewing?
We all have our favorite places to get in touch with nature, even if only in our imaginations. The following article describes several world class destination for observing wildlife. There are many others around the world worth considering. After taking a look at these suggestions tell us what you think by commenting and adding your personal favorites in the comment section.
Whether it’s in a South American cloud forest or a suburban alley, spotting native creatures is a wonderful way to really enter a place: An animal often seems to embody an entire landscape. It’s not easy defining the “greatest” wildlife destinations for the ecotourist. Kamchatka or Kodiak Island, with their gargantuan brown bears? How about the Galapagos, with its unique — and world-shatteringly influential, given Darwin’s investigations — endemic species? Everyone has his own list, but, in terms of diversity and visibility of wildlife, the nature enthusiast could do worse than the following destinations.
Kruger National Park
Africa is home to some of the largest and most famous wildlife preserves in the world, such as the Serengeti, Selous and Okavango Delta. Kruger National Park in eastern South Africa surely belongs in the top ranks. Sprawling more than 7,000 square miles along the Zimbabwe and Mozambique borders, Kruger links with other preserves in those countries to form the Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park. Its varied ecosystems – from mopane woodlands and acacia savannas to open grasslands and riverine forests – support a staggering array of animals: Kruger serves as home for 147 mammals, 507 birds and 114 reptiles. Big game like lions, elephants, painted hunting dogs and buffalo get a lot of the attention, but equally impressive are lone baobab trees, white-winged terns nabbing insects on the fly and a savanna hare at full speed.
Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem
Encompassing Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks as well as surrounding national forests, the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem is nearly 30,000 square miles of Northern Rocky Mountain wilderness rich in wildlife. Its roster of animal species compares to any African game park, and the scale of the landscape offers a rare opportunity to witness fully functioning, large-scale ecosystem dynamics. Yellowstone National Park, the world’s oldest, is particularly fertile for wildlife-viewing, given the tolerance most of its creatures display toward people and the openness of the country: rolling sagebrush hills, grassland flats and burned woods are widespread. Grizzly and black bears, gray wolves, pumas, bison, elk, moose, mule deer, wolverine, pronghorn, bighorn sheep and Rocky Mountain goat are only some of the larger mammal species.
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