Some of the best experiences Mother Nature has to offer is her incredible wildlife in National Parks. As the world becomes more developed with skyscrapers replacing trees and illegal loggers in the Amazon, we rarely see animals beyond our cats and dogs. Squirrels have practically become domesticated, and the most wild experience we get with nature is a colorful blue jay or red robin beyond the average city pigeons. The wildlife that once covered the Earth finds refuge in the remote parts of the world, thankfully protected today by each country through their National Park services. These 5 National Parks offer some of the greatest opportunities to check out wildlife that most of us only see on the Discovery Channel.
The famous annual Great Migration made by wildebeest, zebras, and gazelles from the northern hills to the southern plains will not be disappointing. You’ll also likely see the Big Five (lions, leopards, rhinos, Cape Buffalo, elephants) and more.
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Amid glaciers, lakes, green forests, rivers, and mountains is home to 100 species of exotic birds, guanacos (similar to llamas), pumas, and the endangered Chilean huemul (a species of deer).
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The islands which have the most endemic species (species not found anywhere else on Earth) are the Galapagos Islands. The animals which live here helped Charles Darwin theorize about Natural Selection, mostly the Galapagos finches. The islands are also home to iguanas, tortoises, sea lions, and the Galapagos penguin, the only penguin species in the Northern Hemisphere.
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Kruger National Park is the common destination for those who are looking for a classic safari tour. The park is almost 4.9 million acres and home to hundreds of species, including the Big Five. You can also spot antelopes, cheetahs, hyenas, mongooses, baboons, and more.
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Yellowstone National Park is famous for Old Faithful, a geyser which erupts about every 35-120 minutes for about 1 1/2-5 minutes. It is named Old Faithful for its frequency and predictability compared to other geysers. However, this national park is also home to black bears, grizzly bears, buffalo, elk, and more.
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Which National Park do you want to visit?