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Want to know more information about the animals, plants or insects in different areas of the world? These articles are devoted to wildlife in different regions of the world. If you are planning a trip to a certain area, check to see if there is an article devoted to the wildlife in that area. Print it and bring it along with you to stay informed. If possible, make sure all entries have picture and a short description of the animal. For more information, also have a look at the Famous Wildlife Preserves article. Or visit the Famous National Parks article for a lot more on wildlife and nature.
While many tourists consider it acceptable to offer pieces of food to bait wildlife to come closer, most naturalists agree that this type of behaviour can harm the animals being fed. Animals fed in such a way learn to see humans as food sources and loose their natural instincts and survival skills. They become attached to the tourist groups as food sources. They may take on unhealthy eating habits and suffer long term health effects. They may also learn behaviours which may seem aggressive to humans, such as bears that break into campers cars looking for food, or apes that jump on tourists looking for food. However, these aggressive behaviours are not the fault of the animals, but of the people who feed them. So, Please Do Not Feed The Animals!
The best times for viewing wildlife are at dawn and dusk. This is usually the time animals move to their favourite feeding or watering spots for either breakfast or to search for dinner. During this time they are at their most exposed. Neither are they hiding from predators during their sleep period, or hiding from their prey during their hunting period. It is best to do a bit of research on the particular animal's feeding habits before starting your trip. Knowing how and when an animal likes to feed will tell you their travel route from their resting areas to feeding areas. A good example are the clouds of bats that fly out from caves at dust to feed. This behaviour is a prime attraction at many active bat caves and only last several minutes during the day. The park warden will inform you where and when you need to be to catch this brief moment. Additionally, knowing a particular animal's feeding habits will tell you where to look to see them at their most active during a day. Knowing where an animal likes to rest will tell you where to look during their most inactive periods. Other special behaviours, such as rutting or mating behaviours, and migration routes are also important pieces of information that will lead you to special sights.
Africa is the prime continent for wildlife watching, especially in the eastern and southern portions. Some of the highlights include:
Asia has its fair share of beautiful wildlife preserves as well.
India is one of the best countries in the world to view tigers, but unfortunately also here the numbers are declining. Your best bets are Bandhavgarh National Park and Kanha National Park. Another highlight is the Kaziranga National Park, which does have tigers, but is best known for elephants and rhinos.
Danum Valley Conservation Area is a 438 square-kilometre -big area of virgin rainforest in Sabah on Malaysian Borneo. The Danum Valley Conservation Area was designated as a conservation and subsequently has had little human interaction. Danum Valley is home to over 300 bird species, as well as orang-utans, clouded leopards, long-tailed macaques, pig-tailed macaques, Borneo pygmy elephants and the rare Sumatran Rhino. The Danum Valley Conservation Area is a must see for all nature lovers.
North America includes many large, unpopulated wilderness areas. Wildlife such as bear, moose, elk, deer, eagle, fish, whales, etc. roam freely. Countries within its boundaries have set up many nature parks encompassing hundreds of acres. The mandate for these parks are to educate and share the use of the land between animals and humans.
Parks famous for wildlife viewing include the following:
Wildlife in the Galapagos
The Galapagos Islands are famous for many things. One thing in particular that it is famous for is its wildlife, which has inspired countless people. For more information on the wildlife of the Galapagos Islands please read the article Wildlife in the Galapagos.
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