Don’t let David Attenborough have all the fun – from orangutans to giant tortoises, there’s a world of incredible wildlife out there…
The rainforest of Borneo is one of the last natural habitats for the orangutan, as well as the Borneo elephant and Sunda clouded leopard. Explore this ancient rainforest on foot, by river boat and, if you’ve got a head for heights, take an exhilarating stroll along the Danum Valley’s Tree Top Canopy Walkway. Another must do is a trip to the Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre – see orphaned orangutans at the last stage of rehabilitation before their eventual return to the rainforest.
Go puffin spotting in Iceland
These characterful birds with their brightly coloured beaks, are only found at a handful of sites in the UK. To see them in greater numbers, take a trip to Iceland and sail from Reykjavik’s old harbour and drop anchor beside the islands in Reykjavik’s bay. As well as puffins, you could spot fulmars, arctic terns and guillemots, too.
Have a whale of a time in Canada
Canada’s western coast is a great place to spot Humpback, Orca and Minke whales. Depending on the time of year, the waters around Vancouver Island are home to all these varieties of whale, as well as pods of dolphins and porpoises, river otters and sea lions. Book a boat trip or, for the adventurous, kayak with a guide.
Glories of the Galapagos
They may be a long haul trip away (more than 500 miles west of Ecuador), but the astonishing range of wildlife found only on these islands makes the journey worthwhile. Look out for giant tortoises, the marine iguana, Galapagos green turtles, land iguanas and fur seals, as well as penguins, flightless cormorants and, of course, the famous finches that helped shape Darwin’s theory of evolution.
Visit the land of the lemur
Madagascar lies 250 miles east of Mozambique, surrounded by the Indian Ocean and its isolation (the island split away from what’s now India 88 million years ago) has made it home to some unique wildlife. Species such as lemurs and cat-like fossa flourished as part of an incredibly diverse ecosystem. Explore the National Parks, listen out for the loud calls of the lemurs and have your camera ready when they make an appearance!
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