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One of my travel dreams is to visit sanctuaries around the world where I can get up-close-and-personal with a place's natural inhabitants: I want to cuddle pandas in China, hug lion cubs in Africa & go to elephant rescue centers in Thailand. I did realize a life-long dream when I spent time with koalas in Australia; I'll never forget their musty, eucalyptus cologne-like scent & the way I burrowed my hands in their fur. We share a special connection to animals, and I want to experience it all!
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11 Country Rd, Nome QLD 4816, Australia
Just outside of Townsville, Australia, the launching point for an adventure on the gorgeous wildlife preserve of Magnetic Island, lies a special experience: the Billabong Sanctuary. Smaller and more intimate than the Australia Zoo, you can get up...
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Sabi Sands Game Reserve, Kruger National Park, Hazyview, 1242, South Africa
I often say I'll know I've made it in the world when I own a claw foot tub. For a few days in 2010, I settled for this white goddess overlooking the South African grasslands of Kruger National Park. After a full day of safari activities featuring...
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Giza, Al Omraneyah, Giza Governorate, Egypt
I actually thought the Great Pyramid was in Cairo. Upon arriving there I realized that was such a misconception that a lot of us have about the pyramids. They are actually located in Giza, outside of Cairo. It was surreal to see the oldest of the...
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Okavango Delta, Botswana
An experience of a lifetime and one not to be missed when traveling in Botswana's famous Okavango Delta, hiring a poler and cruising its still waters in a traditional wooden mokoro was a definite highlight of the year we spent living in-country....
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Southern Africa
While on safari in South Africa we came across a cohort of Zebras that was so tangled up in each other that you couldn't tell where one started and ended.
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Gogo Falls Road, Nairobi, Kenya
Located just outside of Nairobi is one of the most unique accommodations...Giraffe Manor. A traditional English Manor settled on the grounds of conservation and breeding ground for wild Rothschild Giraffes combine together to give the guest an...
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15500 San Pasqual Valley Rd, Escondido, CA 92027, USA
While tourists flock to the world-famous San Diego Zoo, its Safari Park—located 30 miles away in the San Pasqual Valley—is equally interesting. Spread over 1,800 acres, it’s home to more than 3,500 animals and 260...
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Zoo, Xicheng, China, 100044
Traveling to Beijing over the Christmas holiday wasn't exactly my wisest decision. Despite ultra-warm layers, thickly-lined boots, and a massive scarf large enough to protect most of my face, the biting cold stymied my ability to hit all the spots...