For the nature lovers one way to travel is to choose destinations with unique eco systems and rich biodiversity. Seeing birds, animals and insects that you will not see anywhere else is a very special experience. Some of the places are famous for their richness of fauna and endangered animals that are protected. Take a look at my top list of cute animals to see before it is too late.
Go to Costa Rica to meet one of the world’s slowest mammals, the Sloth. There are 6 species of them belonging to two families differing by the structure of the paw. Sloths of one family have two toes and another one has three toes.
This animal has a very cute, a bit human-like face, and the facial expression, that replicated a smile, which makes Sloth to look very kind and cute. He seems to be cuddly, but in fact you would not want to hug him too much, because his fur is in fact is a habitat for a lot of different insects. Sloths live on trees, mostly hanging on one position for many hours, so when you are walking in the jungle you can see them chilling out on the brunches here and there. The only purpose for them to go to the ground is to go to the bathroom. In fact you can cuddle a Sloth if you go to one of the animal preservation sanctuaries of the country, where the specialists will tell you all about the animals.
Do not miss Madagascar with its lemurs and chameleons. Lemurs are other highly endangered mammals. If you do a tour around the country, you will be taken to different forest environments to see various species of Lemurs. Out of 100 you will see a few the most common ones. However if you have a chance try to see the most interesting ones the small and ugly Aye-Aye and the dancing Sifaka.
The other animal that is must to see is a chameleon. It belongs to a lizard family and its best features are the ability to change colours depending on environment and surroundings, a really long a spiral-like tongue that flies out with the huge speed to catch a flight. If you are lucky you might spot a chameleon one the road, but most commonly to observe them in special chameleon natural preserves.
If you are ever in Australia you cannot help but finding a way to see a Koala and a Wombat, that surprisingly are related to each other even though they do not look like each other at all. Koala bear lives on eucalypt trees, the leaves of which it eats for breakfast, lunch and dinner. There are a few Koala parks, where you are allowed to hold and have a picture with a koala.
Many of them are rescued animals that are have been treated and stayed in a park. There is also a Koala hospital in the country that provides a possibility of Koala “adoption”. If you adopt one you can pay a certain amount a year to help a treatment of a koala or support the preservation of these animals in general. Wombats are hard to see in the wild, but you have a glimpse on them in local zoos.
Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breading in China is a place you want to go if you are in love with the Panda bear.
Besides the visits the centre arranges volunteering programmes and provides Conservation education.
There is a breading programme in the Research Base that allows breading of Pandas in captivity. The Giant Panda is mainly vegetarian and does not have many similarities (by looks) with Red Panda that looks more like a big cat and is carnivorous.
The smallest primate on the Earth lives in Philippines, on the Bohol island, and is called Tarsier. It lives in the area of 100 hectare. Only 10 % of the population are male and 90% are females. It is a solitary animal that get a couple only for mating. Its eyes are bigger than the brain and it might commit suicide if it had experience stress. You can see them in the Tarsier Sanctuary of Bohol.
Hyraxes/Dassies or “Rock rabbits” live in Africa and Middle-East. I saw it in Israel. It is not a very big animal. Kind of looks a bit like a wombat, but smaller. The unique feature for them is an ability to regulate the temperature of their bodies. The most interesting fact is that they are closely related to elephants and dugongs.
Their favourite way to spend the time is lay down on the sun,
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