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Want to have a once in a lifetime experience? Instead of a holiday with just sun, sea and sand, why not see more of the world with a wildlife holiday where you can get up close and personal with endangered species rather than watching them on TV. This post checks out three of the best places in the world to see wildlife in person.

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Galapagos

One of the most wildlife-rich areas on the planet, the Galapagos islands are located in the Pacific Ocean, 1000km off the coast of Ecuador. The islands are particularly special for wildlife fanatics due to their isolated location.

The islands are home to plant and animal species that can’t be found anywhere else on earth – this was a particular fascination by one Mr Charles Darwin who was inspired to write his Theory of Evolution by his observations of these islands. Tour operators like Exsus will help you see these animals in their specially tailored tours.

What to see: blue footed boobies, turtles, land and marine iguanas, Darwin finches, whales, seals and sea lions.

Sri Lanka

Despite its relatively small size, Sri Lanka is a hugely diverse in its wildlife, and in fact its included in the top five biodiversity hotspots in the world. Sri Lanka is beautifully picturesque, and a great place to see lots of wildlife in natural habitats, such as the immense blue whale as well as dolphins.

Travelling in Sri Lanka will give you the chance, not only to see the wildlife itself, but to see how the human culture of the island celebrates and interacts with nature. As well as getting involved with popular activities like surfing on the crystal blue waves, you’ll get to see stunning ancient temples and fortresses in the heart of the forests.

What to see: Asian elephants, leopards, the slender loris, macaques, wild buffaloes, turtles, sloth bears.

New Zealand

A more temperate climate than the previous destinations, but that doesn’t detract from the sheer natural beauty of New Zealand. Enjoy the relaxed atmosphere as you travel this awe-inspiring and rugged land, taking in sights of wild dolphins, elephant seals with a stunning backdrop of snow-capped mountains.

As well as a fascinating array of wildlife, New Zealand is home to unforgettable scenery, like the Jurassic petrified forest in the Catlins region, immense rolling hills, beaches, caves, volcanoes, ice floes and glaciers.

What to see: penguins, bottlenose dolphins, kiwi birds, Hookers sea lions, fur seals, sea birds and Northern Royal Albatross.

Make unforgettable memories as you roam the globe in search of rare species, and have once in a lifetime experiences that you’ll remember for life.

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