10 Best Animal Adventures For Families Named By Lonely Planet
10. Giant Panda Breeding Research Base, Chengdu, China
Panda, the national treasure of China, is beloved all around the world. The Giant Panda Breeding Research Base, a non-profit research and breeding facility founded in Chengdu, China in 1987, provides pandas a natural rearing and breeding habitat. Travelers here could walk along the paths watching those adorable creatures eating, drinking, resting, and playing with one another or even having a close touch with them.
9. Yellowstone National Park, U.S.A
Yellowstone National Park in the USA is the world’s oldest National Park and enjoys the reputation of easy-to-spot wildlife. Visitors here can spot bears, moose, mountain goats, elks, eagles or beavers, etc. A popular way for families searching animal adventure is to head deep into the park and with the help of tour operators, track and catch songbirds, take float trips down the Snake River to watch cute animals.
8. Goats in Trees, Essaouira, Morocco
Nothing is more extraordinary than goats high up in the trees munching on argan nuts in Morocco. These goats profoundly love the nuts growing on Argania trees so that they often swarm the trees all at once to grasp nuts. Besides, this country LOVES children very much that the locals may pat your kid's head as they walk by and hotels usually offer playground and playrooms and stretches of beach for children.
7. Refugio Nacional de Fauna Silvestre Ostional, Costa Rica
This 248-acre coastal refuge was set up in 1992 to protect the mass nesting of the Olive Ridley sea turtles. From July to November each year, thousands of these turtles nest in large groups. Though you will have to keep your children stay up late for this unusual phenomenon, it's well worth it. During your days, you can explore Costa Rica for even more turtles, crocodiles, butterflies, birds and many other incredible activities.
6. Bat Flights, Carlsbad Caverns, U.S.A
Every summer evening, hundreds of thousands of bats pour out of their home caves to search for dinner in Carlsbad Caverns National Park in New Mexico. Visitors can be treated a dazzling display of bat flight as they fly in a spiral pattern sort of like a bat tornado, and you can enjoy an awesome acoustics of their wings as they whoosh by.
5. Queen Elizabeth National Park, Uganda
Home to over 95 species of mammal and 500 species of birds, it's Uganda’s most visited national park, attracting countless visitors of all ages from all over the world. Visitors here can be treated an enormous display of wildlife, including hippopotamus, elephants, African leopards, Congo lions, chimpanzees and more. Within the park, you also expect to see volcanic cones, deep craters, crater lakes, wetlands, forests, etc.
4. Walkabout Wildlife Park, New South Wales, Australia
A visit to this wildlife Australian park is absolutely a spectacle. During the day, you could see koalas, dingoes, flying foxes, Tasmanian devils, cockatoos, lizards, and dragons, and when the sun sets, the nocturnal animals come out such as the boobook owls, tawny frogmouths, bilbies, bandicoots, sugar gliders and more. You also expect to see emus, wallaroos, kangaroos, wallabies and snakes.
3. Monkey Rescue, Pretoria, South Africa
If you want your family vacation to be meaningful, then volunteer at the primate sanctuary in South Africa. This organization is dedicated to caring for monkeys rescued from labs, zoos, and people. Volunteers could help with food preparation, making monkey beds, providing enrichment and more and, of course, there will be a special “monkey time” for you to have a close touch with them.
2. Galapagos Islands, Ecuador
Exploring the Galapagos Islands may be the ultimate wildlife adventure for anyone of any age from anywhere. Visitors here can enjoy a most intimate wildlife encounters, swimming with friendly sea lions, snorkeling with adorable turtles, observing giant wild tortoises and learning about the incredible ecology of this magical place. Family friendly cruises are the best choice for your trip as they offer tons of amenities on board.
1.Watching magnificent birds of prey, UK
If you're fans of Harry Potter’s Hedwig, then head to have an intimate communication with birds of prey in the English countryside. Visitors here will watch various hawks, owls, and vultures. There are opportunities for you as well as your kids to get a sense of the ancient art of falconry, to experience the exhilarating thud of a bird landing in their fist, to learn about these magnificent birds and how they survive in the wild.
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