Giraffes in KenyaI've already mentioned my love of giraffes when I discovered Giraffe Manor in Kenya. And it's hard to go past a hotel where a giraffe may stick their head in the window while you're eating breakfast as my number one giraffe viewing destination, so I will limit my giraffe desires to Giraffe Manor - I really want to go here!
|Giraffe at Giraffe Manor - VisitingKenya|
Platypus in Queensland, AustraliaStrahan in Tasmania last year a local told us that on one of the signposted walks just off the main road she had quite often seen a platypus swimming, but unfortunately we didn't have the chance (or sufficiently good weather) to go looking for one - so this wish of mine remains unfulfilled. Apparently the Eungella National Park near Mackay in Queensland is a good place to spot them, so it's going on my list. They're such fascinating animals!
(Image: Platypus at Sydney Aquarium by Christian Haugen)
Tigers in RussiaI strongly suspect Russia is not the best place in the world to see tigers, but because I didn't have time to take any side trips from Vladivostok and I vaguely heard that there was a place nearby to see Siberian tigers, then I just have it in my head that this would be a good excuse to get back to far-eastern Russia. Apparently the Sikhote-Alin Nature Reserve north of Vladivostok is the place to find Siberian tigers in the wild - and the Siberian Tiger Project looks like an interesting organisation helping out those tigers. (P.S. I remember finding a chained-up but otherwise out-in-the-open tiger at Gorky Park in Moscow. I didn't like that from my point of view or his. Just for the record.)
|Tiger in Moscow Zoo, James UK|
Galapagos TortoisesVisiting the Galapagos Islands is one of those really dream list things I'd love to do, and when friends and bloggers I know get the chance to go there I am obsessed with looking at their photos and reading their posts. I have to admit when I put this animal on my list though, I named it a Galagapos turtle ... but having googled it I discover I should be thinking tortoise. Good to know.
|Galapagos tortoise by James Preston|
Panda in Hong KongI adore pandas - not least because they rhyme with my name! Memorably, I have seen them in the Berlin Zoo and in Shirahama, Japan, where several babies played with their mothers and totally won my heart. Recently a friend sent me a postcard of a panda from Hong Kong, where she'd seen some rescued ones - since I'm already plotting a Hong Kong trip that sounds like a great chance to me.
|Panda in Ocean Park by confuzzyus|
Wombat in Tasmaniaclose to Cradle Mountain plus I have had the chance to hold a wombat here in Perth. But they are such amazing animals that I want more. Perhaps during a multi-day overland walk in Tasmania I'd get the chance to see more of them in the wild? I'd like that. There is some amazing bushwalking to be done in Tasmania, most famously the track between Cradle Mountain and Lake St Clair and at the right time of year (which for me means when it's not too cold - Tassie can be very chilly!) I'd love to experience that kind of walk and I would be very keen to be the chief wombat lookout person!
Gibbons in MalaysiaMy son is in love with the gibbons at the Perth Zoo. We visit often, and always make the long trek to the back of the zoo so we are the first visitors there in the morning, and we often get to "chat" to the gibbons through the large glass wall for half an hour before anyone else joins us. They're so curious and interactive, along with being cute, and I'd love to have the chance to see them in the wild. Tabin Wildlife Reserve in Malaysia seems like a possibility - though everything I read suggests that in general, your chance of seeing gibbons in the wild is relatively low.
|Gibbon in Malaysia by davidpaccoud|
Elephants in South AfricaI haven't yet visited South Africa, but since Perth is geographically kind of close - just a massive ocean in between - I have met numerous South Africans here and can imagine "popping over" the ocean for a safari trip. Obviously there are plenty of choices then for wildlife safaris and I really want to see all animals possible, but I especially find elephants intriguing - they're so clever! The Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Game Reserve sounds like the kind of place that will have me looking up flights to South Africa in a heartbeat - you have the chance to see pretty much every amazing animal you can imagine plus they seem to be doing some really good conservation deeds (oh, and it has a cool name).
|Elephant in South Africa by kleinz1|
Flamingos in the CaribbeanAren't flamingos fascinating? I love both their colour and their shape and think seeing a massive flock of them would be a real travelling highlight. I'm pleased to discover that they're easy to find in the Caribbean, mostly because I haven't been to the Caribbean before, yet read so much about it because it's an easy place for American travellers to head to. Apparently the Bahamas, Aruba and Cuba are great spots to do some flamingo spotting.
|Flamingos in the Caribbean by microwavedboy|
Orangutans in BorneoI loved seeing orangutans in Singapore Zoo where they "range free" above parts of the zoo (cool idea) but of course seeing them in the wild would be one step better. One of our close neighbours, Borneo, has always interested me as a destination anyway and the possibility of seeing some orangutans there is an added bonus.
|Orangutan in Borneo by zrim|
So now it's your turn: if you could travel anywhere in the world tomorrow to see one particular animal, which animal would you pick?