“Lots of people talk to animals. Not that many listen though. That’s the problem.«
– Winnie the Pooh –
We love animals and for us seeing them in their wild habitat is totally different than seeing them behind cages and bars in Zoos.
10. Getting up close with Komodo dragons on Rinca island, Indonesia
Komodo dragons are large lizards. They grow up to 3 meters long and are the largest living lizards in the world. The only place, where they can be found, is in Indonesia. They are carnivores and are known to attack humans. Their saliva is venomous. Without a proper medication, one can die from their bite. Trekking among them is possible though. It can be arranged on Rinca or Komodo island in Indonesia.
9. Hopping with kangaroos in Australia
In Australia there is approximately 40 million kangaroos, so spotting one isn’t very hard.
8. Spotting semi-wild orangutans in Semengoh wildlife Rehabilitation Center, Sarawak, Malaysia
Semengoh Rehabilitation Centre is a sanctuary, a place where orphaned or illegally incapacitated orangutans are brought to once having been confiscated from their owners or brought in by members of the public and rangers. Members of Rehabilitation Center put food out for them on feeding station and some orangutans after being released back into the wild still keep coming back during the feeding hours. Orangutans are endangered.
7. Seeing a endangered platypus in his natural surroundings, Yungaburrah, Queensland, Australia
Platypus is one of Australia’s endemic species. They can be found in rivers and they mostly keep themselves under water. It’s really hard to spot them in the wild, because they are very shy and afraid of people. We managed to see the unusual appearance of this egg-laying, duck-billed, beaver-tailed, otter-footed mammal. Oh, and it’s venomous too.
6. Feeding the wild Indo pacific dolphins in Tin Can Bay, Queensland, Australia
Indo pacific dolphins live in estuarine and coasts. They are a bit different looking than bottlenose dolphin. Feeding is organized by volunteers. Each person can give only one fish to one dolphin to make sure that wild dolphins have to stay wild and catch the remaining amount of needed food by themselves.
5. Making eye contact with endangered cassowary in Daintree rainforest, Queensland, Australia
Cassowary is a large Jurasic park looking flightless bird. It can become really aggressive. It attacks with his strong legs with claws, so keeping distance is a must. It’s endangered and only about 1000 cassowaries can be found in Northern parts of Australia. We consider ourselves extremely lucky to have seen one in the wild. It also had a baby with him, but we didn’t manage to catch it on picture.
4. Spotting a koala high above on trees in Nossa National park, Queensland, Australia
Koalas are very hard to spot. They are the exact same (grayish) color than the eucalyptus trees that they feed on. Usually they’re high on the branches, sleeping. We still managed to see one and were very happy about it.
3. Swimming with manta rays, Nusa Lembongan, Indonesia
Swimming with mantas was Maruša’s long lasting dream. Although they weren’t as big as we hoped, it was still one of our best wildlife experiences.
2. Chasing whale sharks in Donsol, Philippines
It’s a reason that the biggest living fish are called gentle giants. They move so gracefully in the water, not minding very much for overwhelmed people flopping excitedly around them.
1. Searching for the big five (most dangerous animals) and other African animals in Masai Mara, Kenya
If we had to name only one place to spot wildlife, it would definitely be Masai Mara. Every minute that we spent in our jeep, driving in savannah, was priceless. We’ve seen so many animals, some sleeping in the shade, some eating freshly caught prey and others caring for their young. Amazing!