Travel Picks: Top 10 places to see animals in the wild

Fri Mar 22, 2013 2:00am EDT
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TOKYO (Reuters) - With the thawing of winter in many parts of the world, animals and humans alike are starting to wake up and get outside.

Members of, a leading travel website, compiled a list of the "Top 10 Places to See Animals in the Wild." This list has not been endorsed by Reuters:

1.Serengeti National Park - Tanzania

Northern Tanzania provides more opportunities to see large numbers of animals in the wild than possibly any other spot in the world. Both Serengeti National Park and Ngorongoro Crater Conservation Area are prime spots to see animals in the wild, and both are famous for spotting the "big five," a phrase coined by hunters in Africa referring to lions, elephants, buffalos, leopards, and rhinoceros.

2. Bandhavgarh National Park - Madhya Pradesh, India

Tigers are an animal many travelers would love to see, but unfortunately, the endangered species is increasingly rare. According to the WWF, there are only approximately 3,200 wild tigers with the largest population, the Bengal tiger, found primarily in India. Since 1993, the park has been considered a tiger reserve so it has the highest density of tigers in India, making it likely you'll spot one during your visit.

3.Kangaroo Island - South Australia

Only 15 kilometers (9.3 miles) off the South Australian mainland, Kangaroo Island is a great site for seeing all kinds of animals. Although there is animal activity on Kangaroo Island year round, two times of year provide special sights. In the Australian summer (December to February), kangaroos and wallabies can be seen at dawn and dusk. In Australian winter (June to August), kangaroo and wallaby joeys (babies) start to emerge from the mother's pouch and feed alongside them, and southern right whales pass along the island's shores during their migration from Antarctic waters.

4. Katmai National Park and Preserve - Southwestern Alaska, USA   Continued...

A lioness rests with its cub at Tanzania's Serengeti National Park August 19, 2012. REUTERS/Noor Khamis