The Best Places In The United States To See Wildlife Upclose
November 22, 2018
What Are the Best Places to Get Up Close and Personal with non-Confined Wild-Life?
Are you a bona-fide animal lover? Wish that you could be one with nature? And nothing warms your heart more than witnessing a baboon nursing her young or a crocodile displaying its status as apex predator by snapping its powerful jaws upon hapless prey?
There is probably one thing that could improve the entire experience though: if only these wonderful animals were free to roam out of their enclosures and cages!
In this article, we shall have a look at three of the best places in the world where animals are granted the freedom to live freely in a protected/conserved environment while humans attempt to understand them better.
Wolf-watching in Yellowstone National Park
The beautiful park contains a population of free-roaming wolves that appear primarily during the dusk and dawn periods of the day. There is a wide selection of lodging for visitors who wish to admire the alluring animals with their noses to the wind.
Although wolves inhabit the park, they are not necessarily present all year round as they follow a migratory route according to sprawling elk populations, which is a primary food source. If you are lucky, you will find the majestic beasts traveling in packs around the escarpments of Yellowstone, truly a sight to behold.
Be extremely cautious though, wolves are easily spooked by nature and visitors should be deterred from producing loud sounds that might stress the animals. Young children should be informed before the journey.
Hug a panda at Chengdu
There are perhaps few animals on earth that are as adorable as the giant panda. Unfortunately, due to a combination of slow reproduction rates, deforestation and fussy dietary habits, the animal has become an endangered species.
Thankfully, the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding in the Sichuan province of china, set up in 1987, has been actively protecting and studying the species while allowing members of the public to mingle with the bears.
The original residents were rescued from the wild and nurtured in the facility that imitates their natural habitats. Over ten thousand bamboo shoots were cultivated for the dietary needs of the picky-eating species.
Aside from research laboratories and medical facilities, there is the Giant Panda Museum that exhibits images, fossils and models of pandas and other rare animals.
Visitors from all around the world visit the facility to learn more about the behaviour and plight of the animals. A trip to the facility offers visitors an intimate moment spent with the animals and raises their awareness on the conservation efforts.
Night Safari at Singapore
The first nighttime zoo in the world featuring nocturnal animals, aside from the large assortment of exotic creatures exhibited within its grounds, there are open trails that allow animals to roam freely next to visitors to the attraction.
There is the Wallaby trail, featuring animals from Australia such as sugar gliders and possums, the Leopard trail, where eagle owls and fruit bats roam, and the East Lodge Trail where one gets to catch stunning ungulates from both Africa and Asia interact with visitors.
A tram ride through the park in darkness is a thrilling and educational experience for both young and old. Visitors are informed to keep away from flash photography during the ride, which suggests the proximity to the wildlife.
These scenic attractions offer animal lovers the opportunity to enjoy the creature comforts of the wilderness while staying away from the savage lands. Any wilder and one must trek into the heart of the jungles!