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1. Posted by Travel100 (Travel Guru 1556 posts) 9y

Wanted to start a new thread to hear about peoples various animal encounters. Whether you've been to Africa, the Galapagos, Scuba Diving, near your home, or whatever.

Where have been you favorite places to see wild animals?

What were your favorite animals that you've seen?

Any unusual or exciting behavior? Cute baby animals?

etc,. etc.

2. Posted by Travel100 (Travel Guru 1556 posts) 9y

My favorite in East Africa was the Ngorongoro Crater. In Southern Africa my favorite was the Okavango Delta in Botswana.

The animals that I've never seen but really want to see in the Wild are Tigers and Polar Bears. Probably will need 2 Seperate trips to those 2 .

3. Posted by lisay (Budding Member 21 posts) 9y

Scuba diving in Thailand a little fish came right up to my mask. Looking me in the eye. It would dart a small distance away and then come back again. Then it swam around me and with me for a good couple of minutes. I had made a friend. Was really cool.

I am dying to see some sea turtles. Can't wait to volunteer on a conservation project.

On a more local note....one time in pennsylvania on Raystown lake I was hiking and came upon a swarm of ladybugs. I've never seen this before. Usually you only see a few at a time. From a distance it was this weird black cloud. But when i walked up to them 100s of them landed all over me. Amazing feeling also slightly creepy to have all those bugs crawling on ya!

4. Posted by Lucyc55 (Full Member 63 posts) 9y

I was lucky enough to spend 2 weeks on a cruise in the Galapagos Islands. The amount of amazing animals there are too numberous to mention, but the best experiances have to be;

  • Seeing the red and blue footed boobies - they are so cute
  • Watching a sea lion give birth - we were so lucky we were there at time.
  • Seeing the giant tortoises - they are such amazing magestic creatures.
5. Posted by Isadora (Moderator 13924 posts) 9y

I have never been to Africa or the Galapagos or Madagascar to see the really cool wild animals that everyone thinks of initially. Though, I was in charge of a small wild animal facility with lions and tigers and bears (oh my).

The oddest encounter was a remora that thought Mr. Isa and I needed cleaning in the worst way. (See photo gallery) We named him Ricky and he kept trying to attach himself to one or the other of us for the whole hour we were under. He (or she) was rather good sized at that. On the same dive, we also saw a line of 10-12 nautili (yup, that's the plural for nautilus) all swimming equally apart but at the same speed - I guess they could be called a "school". That was unusual to see that many together.

Cute babies... Well, I just looked out my back door and watched the 7 3-week old kittens playing on the step. Does that count? They are really, really cute...

6. Posted by wouterrr (Travel Guru 3379 posts) 9y

Once I had an encounter with a scorpion in the Thar desert (India). One of my travel companions noticed it sitting on my pillow (I slept on a sanddune in the desert). They can be deadly for some people so I was lucky.

7. Posted by Travel100 (Travel Guru 1556 posts) 9y

Quoting wouterrr

Once I had an encounter with a scorpion in the Thar desert (India). One of my travel companions noticed it sitting on my pillow (I slept on a sanddune in the desert). They can be deadly for some people so I was lucky.

Glad I've never had a scorpian encounter . I've never even seen one, although I've been to places that they live. I usually do the "shake your shoes out in the morning thing." I heard that the smallest ones (they have the smallest bodies but the biggest end of the tail part) are the most dangerous.

8. Posted by Travel100 (Travel Guru 1556 posts) 9y

Quoting Lucyc55

I was lucky enough to spend 2 weeks on a cruise in the Galapagos Islands. The amount of amazing animals there are too numberous to mention, but the best experiances have to be;

  • Seeing the red and blue footed boobies - they are so cute
  • Watching a sea lion give birth - we were so lucky we were there at time.
  • Seeing the giant tortoises - they are such amazing magestic creatures.

My Favorite animals that I saw in the Galapagos were the "Land Iguanas." They were rather large and a beautiful Golden color. Did you get see any of them?

9. Posted by Pati (Full Member 120 posts) 9y

Sip (yes in spanish)...Galapagos is great place to see lotsss of wild animals...my favorite is blue-footed Booobiieee!!! and the experience of do snorkeling in the Devil Crown was AMAZING! lots of colour fish, starfish, marine turtle and small sharks...

10. Posted by Pardus (Respected Member 2356 posts) 9y

I spent 10 weeks on a conservation project in Zambia (8 weeks in the Nsumbu National Park).

We have seen so many different animals, and because we had to record all of them we saw a lot of animals you wouldn't really look at on a safari (especially birds).

I think the highlights for me where:

- Bathing in Lake Tanganyika with Hippoes about 5 metre away from me splashing in the water, roaring... And watching them coming out of the water at nightfall...
And seeing Hippoes out of the water in the broad daylight (they normally retreat to their safety area in the water before sunrise).

- Seeing Sitatungas - are rare semi-aquatic Antelope you can only find in a few places in Africa, very rare and endangered.

- Seeing Herds of Puku - endangered African Antelope but abundant in Nsumbu NP.

- Watching a family of warthogs running out of their burrow just next to our Landrover on a Night Drive.

- Coming around a corner on a Beach Walk and spotting a 5-6m long Crocodile a few metres in front.

- Spotting a Blackbacked Jackal and following him with the Landrover for 5-10 minutes on a Night Drive.

- The Terminator - big huge Groundbeetle, about the size of my two thumbs together. We captured it and put it in the killing jar as a specimen for the beetle collection (only one example per species is killed). During the night it made its halfway out of the filmcase it was put in until the ether was ready but got stuck. Then it survived 3 days in brand new ether burrowing into the ether drenched material in the bottom.

- Watching ants going back and forth from their abode and then covering the entrance with earth and observing how well organised they freed up the entrance again.

- Watching our resident yellow billed kite soaring over my head while sitting in the lake...

Oh, there are many more things we've seen, small little things but they stick to your memory. Like catching butterflies, spotting a hedgehog disappearing into the thicket besides the road, Vultures soaring high up in the sky...

I am sure more things come to mind...