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From trekking with a giant tortoise in the Galapagos to ah-ing at Australia’s koalas, the world is full of incredible wildlife vacations to experience. If you’re an animal lover, you won’t want to miss these unforgettable wildlife destinations.


Part of Ecuador, a visit to the Galapagos is a bucket-list wildlife destination for any animal lover. Sea lions, giant tortoises, albatrosses, iguanas, blue-footed boobys and the world’s only tropical penguins call these islands home. It’s a super-special place, because there are no natural predators here, the animals are unafraid of people and you could find yourself staring into the eyes of that giant tortoise.


The Great Migration is the largest mass movement of land mammals on Earth, when more than a million wildebeest—along with hundreds of thousands of zebra and gazelle circle through the Serengeti plains in Tanzania and Masai Mara Reserve in Kenya. The Great Migration never really ends. It’s an ongoing, natural cycle where these massive herds can travel up to 1,800 miles on this centuries-old journey. Since the herds are basically moving all year round, there really is no bad time to see this awe-inspiring spectacle.


For many, Antarctica is the wildlife trip of a lifetime. The journey is long, but the rewards are high: There are elephant and fur seals, humpback and orca whales, and thousands upon thousands of penguins. Pair that with a panorama of icy shapes whipped by wind and water and with arches and grottos of such intense blue you’ll think you’ve found a treasure of aquamarine gems, and a journey to the seventh continent is about as other-worldly as it gets on the planet Earth.


Australia is a beautiful wildlife destination, with wildlife found nowhere else on the planet. It’s also extremely varied. Discover the crocodiles and bird life of the wetlands of Kakadu National Park in Northern Territory, then the “cuties” – koalas, possums, platypus and sea lions off the coast of Adelaide. A hop across the water takes you to Tasmania, home to furry wombats, irresistible quolls and those famous Tasmanian devils.


The Canadian Rockies stretch 900 miles northwest from the Montana border and span the provinces of British Columbia and Alberta. In this wildlife destination you’ll find glacier-fed lakes, jagged, snow-capped peaks (almost year-round) and an abundance of fascinating wildlife in its natural habitat. Look for bighorn sheep, mountain lions, wolves, caribou, beaver and grizzly bear all surrounded by scenery that will take your breath away.


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