Kodiak island with its brown bears? Galapagos Islands with unique endangered animals? Each will have its own list of such places, and we have collected our own.
Kruger National Park
Kruger National Park in eastern South Africa is clearly a leader. Spreading over 18 thousand square kilometers along the borders with Zimbabwe and Mozambique, Kruger connects several natural parks, thus forming the Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park. On its territory, there are a variety of ecosystems – from mopane forests to savannas from acacia. A variety of animals live here: 147 species of mammals, 507 species of birds and 114 variations of reptiles. Of course, lions, elephants, hunting dogs, and buffaloes attract the most attention, but you should also pay attention to the baobabs, unusual insects and African hares that run around the savannah at great speed.
Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem
The Greater Yellowstone ecosystem, encompassing Yellowstone itself, the Grand Teton National Park and its adjacent forests, covers approximately 80,000 square kilometers. And the number of animals that lives here, by the power of impression, can easily be compared with any amusement park. Grizzlies and black bears, gray wolves, cougars, bison, moose, deer, wolverines, snow sheep, and mountain goats are just some of the mammals that live here.
The vastness of this landscape provides a rare opportunity to see how an ecosystem of this level functions. This park is considered one of the oldest in the world, and therefore it can rightly be called ideal for exploring the life of wildlife.
Great Barrier Reef
The Great Barrier Reef on Australia’s northeast coast is undoubtedly one of the best examples of wildlife. It is especially appreciated by those who are ready to dive deeper with a snorkel or scuba. This conservation area has nearly 3,000 individual reefs, which are adjoined by numerous islands and shallows in the Coral Sea. In the Great Barrier Reef, you can find several hundred species of coral, as well as about 8 thousand species of mollusks, more than a thousand species of crustaceans and fish, as well as 6 species of sea turtles.
Ranthambore National Park
Given the geographical massiveness and natural diversity of the Ranthambore National Park, it is not surprising that it is considered one of the most important nature reserves in Asia. This is one of those rare places where you can see a spotted wild tiger in its native conditions. In addition to him, in the mountains of Vindhya and in the lowlands of Arawali, one can also get acquainted with Bengal tigers, herds of sambar (a type of deer), a hundred monkeys and a variety of different types of jackals. Well, in addition to animals, you can also see a medieval fortress lost in the forests.
Pantanal is one of the largest water spaces in the world. Here are numerous flooded meadows, savannahs, swamps, and even forests, which are located along the borders with Brazil, Bolivia and Paraguay.
Here you can see rare and large predators like the jaguar, as well as a huge anaconda and wild caiman. In addition, you can observe birds in this park, because it is here that the largest parrot in the world lives, the hyacinth macaw, and the stork Jabiru. There are also huge anteaters and different types of wolves. The reserve itself is on the UNESCO World Heritage List.
Great Arctic Reserve
Russia has the world’s nature reserve with untouched nature. There are almost no settlements, there is no mining, no plants. The Great Arctic Reserve is located in Taimyr and occupies the coast and islands of the Arctic Ocean. It is perfectly suited for receiving guests: the infrastructure is developed, there is the opportunity to go rafting and diving. Plus,
from here it is a stone’s throw to Wrangel Island, famous for the largest concentration of clan polar bear dens in the world.
Another unique reserve located in Russia is Altai. Not a single motorway has been laid on its territory. In shape, it resembles a huge bowl surrounded by mountains. Snow leopards, listed in the Red Book of Russia, live in the local mountains of fabulous beauty. In the Altai Reserve, there are about 1200 large and small lakes filled with clear water. But the main one is Teletskoye Lake, which will not leave anyone indifferent.
The pearl of Russia and the largest reservoir of freshwater on the entire planet – Lake Baikal. On the southern coast in the central part of the Khamar-Daban ridge, the Baikal Reserve is located. Over 300 species of animals and 80 species of plants live on its territory, about 25 of which are listed in the Red Book. Coniferous and deciduous forests serve as their home. From the purity of the local air, the city dweller will feel dizzy in the first days, as if from a bottle of good red wine.