Erica Kuschel a RoamRight Blog Author

Amazing Wildlife Experiences Around the World

On almost every bucket list across the world, people desire to check off seeing their favorite animal in its natural element. Nature-based tourism has always been a hit no matter your age or background. With that in mind, here are some of the top wildlife experiences found around the world.

Penguins are a group of aquatic, flightless birds living almost exclusively in the Southern Hemisphere.

Penguins

Luckily these tuxedo-clad birds can be found in multiple locations around the world. Do you prefer the chilly and otherworldly experience of Antarctica? Or would you like to see them while getting your tango fix in Argentina? Other locations include South Africa, Ecuador, Australia, or New Zealand. From beaches to icebergs, regardless of where you see them, they top the list of many “must see” lists.

The humpback whale is a species of baleen whale that can be seen off the Baja Peninsula in Mexico.

Whales

Adventure travelers and nature watchers from around the world jump on any opportunity to go whale watching. The Baja Peninsula in Mexico is one of the biggest whale hot spots in the world hosting over 20 different kinds including Gray Whales, Humpback Whales, and Blue Whales. From December to March you can see hundreds of new mothers and their calves during the yearly migrations. Other big whale watching locations include Iceland, New Zealand, Canada, South Africa, and most of the west coast of the United States.

Sloths are medium-sized mammals belonging to the families Megalonychidae and Bradypodidae, classified into six species.

Image source: Cailin O'Neil

Sloths

These cute and cuddly creatures can be found in the rainforest canopies of Central and South America. Bring a pair of binoculars when searching for these guys as they do tend to make their home on some of the highest branches. Consider investing in a rainforest guide as their eyes are trained to detect the smallest details of the forest.

The lion is one of the four big cats in the genus Panthera and a member of the family Felidae.

Lions

Part of the “Big Five” in Africa, this regal cat is on everyone’s safari bucket lists. Most often seen in South Africa, they can be seen as far north as the Gir Forest in India. Before booking your next safari, make sure to contact the lodge and ask them about seasonal migrations and the likelihood of seeing them during different times of the year.

African elephants are elephants of the genus Loxodonta.

Elephants

Another one of the “Big Five”, elephants are some of the most beloved mammals in the animal kingdom. Whether they are seen in the African jungles, or while volunteering with rescued elephants at the Elephant Nature Park in Thailand, seeing one of these big beasts will take your breath away.

What animals are on your list to see when traveling?

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Erica Kuschel

Erica Kuschel, a RoamRight Blog Author Erica Kuschel is half of the duo at the adventure travel site, OverYonderlust.com. Erica traded her ‘normal’ existence in Austin, Texas for a life of new experiences around the world. Erica, who is a photographer by trade, likes to view the world through her lens.

Erica started Over Yonderlust in March of 2010, showcasing couple travel while maintaining a strong focus on photography, humor, videos, and writing with a trusted voice. She has been seen in publications such as The Huffington Post, The Chicago Tribune, BBC, and The National Geographic Channel’s online blog. Erica has been a finalist two years running for the Bloggies (in both travel and photography categories) and taking home Hostelbookers Most Epic Photography Blog Award in November of 2012.

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