Forget the zoo-get out in the world and see animals in their natural habitat. Animal tourism is a good way to educate the public about various creatures and sometimes even save them from possible extinction. A constant flow of tourists who flock to see live animals can bring in more revenue than the body parts of dead ones. Here’s our pick for the top 3 places to have an animal encounter, either as traveler or volunteer.
- Sea turtles: various Caribbean islands; Costa Rica
Watch the sea turtles hatch and make their arduous journey into adulthood.
- Orangutans: Borneo; Indonesia
Be entertained by the orangutans.
- Mountain Gorillas: Rwanda
Behold the majesty of a silverback and his brood.
What are your picks for the top places for animal encounters?