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Where in the world to spot the four-legged and furry, scaly and feathered?


Children love animals and nothing makes a better theme for a family trip than a chance to see monkeys or elephants or a giant panda. But where in the world do you find them? Here’s our visual guide to the best destinations to find the four-legged and furry – and a few with tusks or scales, too.


NORTH AMERICA

BEAR Grizzly bears, brown bears and black bears can all be seen in northern parts of the US and Canada. Watch grizzlies fish for salmon at Knight Inlet Lodge in Canada.

BISON Once roaming the grasslands of the west, they can now be seen in national parks, such as Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming and Custer State Park, South Dakota.

HORSE There are 33,000 wild mustangs in the US, concentrated in Colorado and Montana. Or stay at a dude ranch and ride the domesticated version.

RACCOON These little creatures are found all over the US. Go for a walk in the woods and see if you can spot one.

ALLIGATOR You’ll find a lot of ‘gators in Louisiana and Florida. Take an Everglades airboat tour to spot them.

CENTRAL & SOUTH AMERICA

TOUCAN Costa Rica is a great place to spot toucan and other colourful Central American birds.

LLAMA Meet the llama in Peru. Watch girls in coloured costumes herd them in the mountains around Machu Picchu.

GIANT TORTOISE The Galapagos Islands are the place to see this ancient species. Lindblad Expeditions have family-friendly cruises.

ALBATROSS These birds spend a lot of time at sea, but good nesting grounds are in the sub-Antarctic islands of South America and the islands of Ecuador.

AFRICA

LION South Africa is a great place for a safari in search of the Lion King and the other animals of the Big Five.

ELEPHANT Botswana is probably the elephant capital of Africa, especially in Chobe National Park.

ZEBRA You’ll see abundant zebra in Ngorongoro Crater in Tanzania but they are common all over Africa.

RHINO Hunted by poachers for their horns, private game reserves seek to protect the rhino. See them at Sabi Sand or Kruger National Park in South Africa.

GIRAFFE Look out for giraffe spreading their legs in a triangular shape around waterholes all over Africa. At Giraffe Manor in Kenya, tame giraffe will stick their head through the window at breakfast.

HIPPO The most dangerous animal in Africa despite its benign appearance. See them wallowing in the Zambezi above Victoria Falls.

ARCTIC

POLAR BEAR Churchill, Manitoba is known as the Polar Bear Capital of the World. Tours can be tailored according to the time your family has to spare.

WALRUS Both males and females have large tusks. See them on specialist Arctic tours.

EUROPE

FOX Foxes adapt well to many different habitats. The English countryside is still a good place to see them.

BADGER Found all over Europe. At Badger Watch in Dorset, UK you can watch the blackand- white-faced badgers from special hides.

RED SQUIRREL The red squirrel is harder to see than the grey one. They are best spotted in UK woods in October when there are less leaves on the trees.

OWL Thirteen species of owl are found in Europe. The Screech Owl Sanctuary in Cornwall has owls from all over the world.

MOOSE These sad-faced animals can be found in Norway, Sweden, Finland, Latvia, Estonia and Poland. In winter in Scandinavian mountain villages you might see one walking down the main street.

ASIA

GIANT PANDA The shy giant panda is best seen in Chengdu, China.

TIGER ‘The Jungle Book’ fans will know that Shere Khan’s relatives are found mainly in India and Nepal.

INDIAN ELEPHANT Milder than its African cousin, the small-eared elephant is foun

DEER In Japan the dainty deer can be seen in Nara Park at the foot of Mount Wakakusa.

ORANGUTAN Orang-utan means ‘person of the forest’ in the Malay language. Borneo is a good place to see them.

ANTARCTICA

PENGUIN ‘Happy Feet’ fans will love the variety of penguins found in this icy region, from the regal emperor penguins to the cheeky Adélie penguins. Abercrombie & Kent organises family trips to Antarctica.

SEAL Six types live here: the Antarctic fur, crabeater, leopard, elephant, Ross and Weddell seals. These six species make up the majority of the world’s seal population.




This article appeared in volume 8 of Five Star Kids magazine. To subscribe to the latest issue, click here.



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