Meet South Africa’s Zazu!

African hornbills were made famous by Zazu, a much-loved character from Disney’s The Lion King. He was the trusted but slightly uptight major-domo for Mufasa and later Simba. In the movie, Zazu was a red-billed hornbill, while the species found in southern Africa is called the Southern yellow-billed hornbill. I grew up with these odd-looking […]

7 things you didn’t know about California sea lions

Guess what I was most excited to see at Pier 39 in San Francisco? The view of Alcatraz or the Golden Gate Bridge? Nope. All I wanted to see was the sea lions! They are such cool and fascinating creatures. Here are 7 interesting facts about California sea lions you probably didn’t know. 1. They […]

Meet the Dassie!

If you’ve travelled to southern Africa, you’ve probably seen a Dassie. If not, then perhaps you remember Pati Pati, the cute rock hyrax from the movie Born Free? Dassies are adorable, rodent-looking furry mammals. They have many special adaptations which make them fascinating! Here are 7 interesting facts about Dassies you may not know. 1. […]

Visiting Oribi Gorge and Lake Eland

If you find yourself on the southern coast of South Africa, in the Port Shepstone/Margate area, and you can tear yourself away from the beautiful beaches, head to Oribi Gorge and Lake Eland for a bush break. These game reserves hold a special place in my heart. I always go to Oribi Gorge and Lake […]

10 interesting facts about giraffes

With over one million people watching the live stream of April the giraffe giving birth and Earth Day right around the corner, I thought it appropriate to share some facts about giraffes you might not know. I compared all sorts of giraffe numbers to human numbers and came up with some pretty interesting stats. Enjoy! […]

Dog sledding adventure in Zakopane

Exploring the white winter landscapes of Europe on a sled pulled by excited and eager dogs…Yes please! As an animal lover and husky owner myself, this activity has grabbed my attention for the last couple of years. In January, I finally checked dog sledding off my bucket list. And you know what, the experience was […]

Releasing turtle hatchlings in Bali

Kuta consists of narrow little streets and pushy vendors trying to sell you things you really don’t need or want. The only redeeming feature for me is the Bali Sea Turtle Society. You won’t find fancy offices or a visitors center here, only a giant turtle filled with sand. What’s in that sand? Hatching turtle […]

Postcards from Abroad: The Animals of Indonesia

I only spent a week in Indonesia, but I saw so many animals! Just by keeping my eyes peeled on hiking trails, I saw so many creatures including butterflies and spiders. Indonesia is home to rare and fascinating animals like Komodo Dragons and Olive Ridley Turtles! Komodo Dragons The unequivocal highlight for me was seeing […]

Exploring Komodo National Park

Every nature lover should visit Komodo National Park in Indonesia! Not only is it a UNESCO World Heritage Site, it has also recently been named one of the New 7 Wonders of Nature. Around 60 000 people visit the park each year, and the numbers are increasing. Komodo National Park includes three larger islands, Komodo, […]

Meet the world’s largest lizard: The Komodo Dragon

I recently had the opportunity to get up close and personal with the world’s largest lizard, the Komodo Dragon, courtesy of Wonderful Indonesia. I learned so much about them from the rangers in Komodo National Park. Here are some fascinating facts about the Komodo Dragon.   Distribution Komodo Dragons have a very limited distribution. They […]

Eagle Encounters

I will be the first to admit that I’m more of a warm-blooded mammal than a scales and feathers person. But I love all types of animals, so I jumped at the opportunity to visit Eagle Encounters during a trip to the Mother City. What is Eagle Encounters? Eagle Encounters is a wildlife, conservation, education […]

9 reasons to volunteer at Elephant Nature Park

Located a couple of hours’ drive from Chiang Mai in Northern Thailand, Elephant Nature Park (ENP) is an incredible place to visit, a must for all animal lovers and the best place to volunteer at. Here’s why: 1.Elephants The primary focus of the park is the well-being of Asian Elephants. ENP is concerned with every […]

Journey to Freedom: Volunteering with Asian Elephants

I spent a week volunteering with Asian elephants in Northern Thailand. It was the highlight of my Thailand trip and an experience that will stay with me for a long time. I share my adventure here to inspire you to do the same! Journey to Freedom is Elephant Nature Park’s premier volunteering experience. Day 1 […]

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