5 travel destinations for animal lovers

5 travel destinations for animal lovers

Furry discoveries


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Where the wild things are

Preserving the world's flora and fauna is important to ensure they will be around for future generations and wildlife conservation is one of the key practices supporting this goal. For your next trip, why not consider a visit to one of these wildlife refuges recommended by travel search engine They're not only sited within the region, but also provide a beautiful backdrop while supporting environmental efforts to uphold the lives of our furry friends. 

1. Elephant Nature Park, Chiang Mai

elephant nature park

The wild Asian elephant is an endangered species, and in the Elephant Nature Park near Chiang Mai, conservationists are working hard to protect this gentle giant. Here, animal lovers can learn more about these giants, feed them, experience a splashing bath, and observe them roaming in its natural environment.

2. Yala National Park, Sri Lanka

yala national park

This nature paradise is the most visited national park in Sri Lanka and covers almost 1,000 square kilometers. It is home to a wide variety of wild animals including the endangered Sri Lankan leopards, sloth bears and aquatic birds which can be spotted when exploring the area on safari.

3. Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre, Borneo

sepilok orangutan park

This conservation project for the orangutan lies on the northern coast of Borneo and provides a home for orphaned, injured or displaced orangutans. Once the orangutans have been successfully rehabilitated, they are released into the Kabili-Sepilok Forest, a virgin tropical jungle reserve. Travellers visiting this rehabilitation centre can enjoy a hike through the reserve, observe the orangutans having their lunch, and find out more about the conservation efforts required to keep these gentle giants alive for generations to come.

4. Bandhavgarh National Park, Bandhavgarh

Bandhavgarh National Park

March is one of the best months to take a trip to India and pay the tigers a visit as the cooler, drier climes and gentler foliage make them easier to spot. If you find yourself at the Bandhavgarh National Park - you're in luck. They have the highest density of Royal Bengal Tigers in the country roaming its grounds. Rent a four-wheel-drive open Jeep to explore the park during sunrise and sunset – the most active times of the day to spot these majestic creatures.

5. Chengdu Panda Base, Chengdu

chengdu panda

The giant panda is one of the rarest, endangered species on this planet. At the Chengdu Panda Base, travellers will have the opportunity to watch these cuddly creatures playing, resting, mingling with one another, or eating. Lucky travellers may even catch a glimpse of panda cubs nestled in the nursery rooms. The base is also home to other wildlife including red pandas, swans, peacocks and butterflies.