Five essential wildlife experiences
Saturday 30 December 2000
Nesting penguins in New Zealand
Nesting penguins in New Zealand
The Yellow Eyed Penguin Conservation Reserve on New Zealand's South Island (00 64 3 478 0286) is one of several places to view nesting penguins. Even the most casual wildlife observer cannot fail to be charmed by the sight of baby penguins chasing each other in and out of the water, falling over and splashing each other.
Wildebeest migration in East Africa
In July and August every year, hundreds of thousands of wildebeest, accompanied by zebra, gazelle and antelope, migrate northwards from the dry plains of the Serengeti in Tanzania across into the moister terrain of Kenya's Masai Mara game reserve. The sight of so many animals on the move is nothing short of truly awe-inspiring.
Bison in Yellowstone National Park, USA
Yellowstone National Park (001 307 344 7381, www.yellowstone parknet.com) in the Rocky Mountain state of Wyoming, close to the borders of Idaho and Montana, has a larger concentration of animals than any other in the American mainland, including five protected species. Best-known of these, and the largest in the world, is the bison herd. Yellowstone's other famous inhabitants include the black and grizzly bears.
Elephants in Etosha Park, Namibia
The Okaukvejo Rest Camp in Namibia's Etosha Park is fenced in - to keep the humans away from animal territory - and just outside is a watering hole, carefully lit so that visiting animals are unaware that they are being watched. Wait a while, and a succession of beasts will appear in search of a drink. One species gives way to another, according to the law of the jungle: hyenas retreating in favour of the giraffe, who stroll off at first sight of the rhino, who in turn disappear into the shadows as a family of elephants marches forward.
Giant Pandas in China
Numbers of the world's best-known endangered species are dwindling dangerously, with the total population of giant pandas (pictured) now less than a thousand, most of them in reserves in China. The Wolong Nature Reserve in Sichuan province was the first of these to be established. Although a visit to the Reserve will not guarantee you a sighting of the animals, there is also a research station there,where you will see caged pandas in their natural habitat.
The Independent travel offers: Discover a world of inspiring destinations
- 3 Woman opens professional cuddling shop – gets 10,000 customers in first week
- 4 Grayson Perry: London needs affordable housing because 'rich people don't create culture'
- 5 Kenya bus attack: Al-Shabaab militants kill 28 non-Muslims who failed to recite Koran
Rochester by-election: Ukip gains second MP as Tory defector Mark Reckless holds seat
'Beast of Bolsover' Dennis Skinner takes Ukip MP Mark Reckless to task moments after he is sworn in
Rochester by-election: Labour MP Emily Thornberry resigns after posting white van and England flags tweet
France 'blocks' Russian sailors from boarding a warship
Revealed: How the world gets rich – from privatising British public services
Myleene Klass: Ed Miliband 'strikes back' by comparing UK's need for Labour's mansion tax to Hear'Say track
£8 per hour: Recruitment Genius: Excellent opportunities are available for par...
£60000 - £75000 per annum + Benefits : Investigo: A global leading travel busi...
£16000 - £20000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This charming and contemporary ...
£15000 - £20000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: The fastest growing fitness cha...