18 Places Animal Lovers Should Visit At Least Once In Their Life

“The love for all living creatures is one of the noblest attributes of man.” This quote from Charles Darwin still rings true today. People who love to spend time with animals are often more generous, empathetic and positive. Sadly, not everyone understands how animals capture the beauty of nature and captivate the human imagination. Especially when these animals are not caged against their will and are allowed to roam free in their natural habitat. So if you’re one of those people who have a big heart and deep appreciation for these creatures, visiting the places of this gallery should be on your bucket list. (h/t)

1. Rottnest Island, Australia

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This place is home to the one of the happiest animals on earth, the quokka.

2. Boulders Beach, South Africa

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As it turns out, you don’t need to go to the Arctic to see penguins. This beach is the home to a colony of “jackass penguins”. If you want to know why they’re named as such, you’ll have to check them out for yourself.

3. Okunoshima, Japan

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If you have a fondness for cute hopping creatures, plan a trip to this place called Usagi Shima or “Rabbit Island”.

4. Zao Fox Village, Japan

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Want to feed a cute pack of foxes? Try visiting this Japanese fox reserve, and you’ll be amazed at how friendly these foxes are.

5. Nara, Japan

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Here, you can feed deer crackers to roughly 1,200 sika deer.

6. Exuma, Bahamas

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If these swimming pigs look familiar to you, you’ve probably seen them from Ke$ha’s music video for her song “Timber”.

7. Iguazi Falls, Argentina/Brazil

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Visiting this place requires diligence. Because if you’re not careful, one of these cute Coatis won’t hesitate to take your food from you.

8. Oahu Waterfall, New Zealand

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See playful seal pups play around inside the Ohau Point Fur Seal Sanctuary.

9. Dyrholaey Peninsula, Iceland

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Carve out your time during the summer to see these Puffins living around such a gorgeous environment.

10. Assateague Island

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Want to see a pony swim? There are hundreds of wild ponies in this island but if you visit around the month of July, you’ll be able to see 150 ponies guided across the water to nearby Chincoteague Island.

11. Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica

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If you want to see sloths and monkeys in their natural habitat, the Manuel Antonio National Park is the place for you.

12. Jigokudani Monkey Park, Japan

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If you want to see Japanese macaques chilling in hot springs, you may want to visit this site during winter.

13. Territorio De Zaguates, Costa Rica

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If you love dogs, this may be the paradise for you. This no kill shelter is home to hundreds of dogs who add beauty to the scenic property by roaming freely.

14. Wineglass Bay, Tasmania

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If you like beaches and don’t mind getting frequent visits from adorable wallabies while you enjoy the scenic bay, this place is for you.

15. Glacier National Park, Washington

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Because of a GoPro’s timely recording of a time lapse video, the yellow bellied marmot became one of the most popular creatures on the park.

16. Machu Picchu, Peru

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Although most people would come to see the historical site, the llamas and alpacas who live around the area are like the icing on the cake.

17. Karni Mata Temple, India

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In this Rajasthan temple, rats aren’t seen as pests, they’re revered. This temple is home to over 20,000 black rats called “kabbas”.

18. La Jolla Cove, California

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Visiting this place requires a tremendous amount of caution. These seals and sea lions may look harmless, but they can actually be pretty dangerous.

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