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Sightings and Encounters with Nature's Noble Creatures

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Antarctica
They own this part of the globe, and maybe that’s why it’s so special. It may be one of the last places on earth where man hasn’t taken over. A world where humans are not the center of attention – that’s exactly what draws me here. The wildlife in...
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In front of Villas del Caribe, Limón Province, Punta Cocles, Costa Rica
I am so thrilled that I was able to visit the Jaguar Rescue Center while I was in Puerto Viejo. This was by far the highlight of my entire trip to Costa Rica. I am a huge animal lover and I'm so proud of the JRC's efforts to help injured animals....
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Monterey Bay Coastal Trail, California, USA
The Monterey Bay Coastal trail extends 18 miles from Castroville to Carmel, where the trail is attached to the famous 17 mile drive in Carmel. Whether you want to bike, run, walk or follow it along in a kayak, this paved trail is a great way to...
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Cruising around the Galapagos, there's no shortage of wildlife and photographic opportunities. But this one moment was something special. Our boat anchored at sea, and as we ferried onto shore I realized that those weren't giant barking boulders...
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Merzouga, Morocco
I had the unique opportunity to participate on one of Intrepid Travel's adventure tours, Best of Morocco. The highlight of the trip for me was the day we got to ride camels into the golden abyss of the Sahara Desert, while the sun was setting....
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South Casa Beach, San Diego, CA 92037, USA
On our 2 week trip across California, we stopped off at "The Casa Beach" to check out the renowned La Jolla seal colony. It's very interesting to encounter a wild seal colony after having just driven through one of La Jolla's high end shopping...
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Seaview, Clarendon Marine, 6011, South Africa
This place ROCKS. I've never felt so good about paying an admission fee as this is a sanctuary for injured animals. The place is magical as soon as you enter. Giraffe, zebra, wildebeest, impala, monkeys and 40 other species of wildlife roam free...
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1019 Ventnor Rd, Summerlands VIC 3922, Australia
I spotted this Little Penguin hanging out under the boardwalk and it's a good thing I snapped a shot when I did, because there are no photos allowed at the official Penguin Parade. Once the sun is almost at the horizon, the festivities begin at...
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28-29 ถ.ลำปาง-เชียงใหม่ Tambon Wiang Tan, Amphoe Hang Chat, Chang Wat Lampang 52190, Thailand
Hidden away in the countryside of Northern Thailand, there is a beautiful place where elephants live, a place where they are protected and cared for. The Conservation Center provides the option to feed the elephants, and to walk with them around...
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Song Phraek, Mueang Phang-nga District, Phang-nga 82000, Thailand
In Thai culture, elephants are sacred and symbolize good luck. Explore the jungle in Ton Pariwat Wildlife Sanctuary atop one of these noble beasts, and it’s possible some good luck will rub off on you. Hang on tight, as some of the terrain gets...
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708 Jesmond Rd, Fig Tree Pocket QLD 4069, Australia
I had one goal for the trip to Australia: hugging a koala. This was a little more difficult than you might think; it's only legal in Queensland province, and there are strict rules about how long the koalas can work per day and how much rest...
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Smith Bay, St Thomas 00802, USVI
While there are plenty of in-water activities around St. Thomas, one of the best is at the Coral World Underwater Observatory. At this interactive park, which is great for families, visitors can see marine life rescue efforts, play with...