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Four legs, 100 legs, or no legs at all. Beaks, wings, claws, teeth. Search for lions in the Serengeti or crocodiles in a Central American swamp. Ride elephants or camels or donkeys. Look for tigers in India or quetzales  in Central America.  Who wouldn’t want to swim with dolphins or ride an elephant?

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Animals: The Bucket List


Lions in Ngorongoro

On Safari in NgoroNgoro Crater, Tanzania

From the rim, 2,000 feet  above the crater floor, you can look down into this vast hole in the earth and see teeny little specks moving about. Wildebeest. Zebra. Even the elephants look like tiny toys. NgoroNgoro Crater is a place of superlatives: the world's largest unflooded and unbroken crater, containing ...
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An elephant family at Addo

On Safari in Addo Elephant National Park, South Africa

We have been riding around for an hour, it seems, and so far we have seen very little. A few zebras. A handful of antelopes. But no elephants, and the elephants are what we are here for. And when you're heart is set on elephants, a few antelopes just don't ...
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bathng the elephants

Mahout for a Day: Learning to Care for and Ride Elephants in Thailand

DoDo is my responsibility for the day. A big responsibility, four tons of it. He stands seven feet tall, and measures a good ten feet long. "He is a champion elephant, this one," says Teerapat Trungpakan (Pat, for short),  owner of  Patara elephant farm, located just over an hour's drive from Chiang ...
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gorillas in Uganda

Gorilla Tracking in Uganda at Bwindi Impenetrable Forest

There's a reason they call it impenetrable. First, mud: squishy and slippery underfoot, the kind of mud that says, "No so fast, buddy: One step forward, two steps back." Then the vegetation: Layers of it, grasses and bushes and trees, green upon green. It is cool and dark. The trail ...
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Belize crocodile tagging

Tagging Crocodiles near Belize’s Lamanai Mayan Ruins

It is dark -- 97 percent dark chocolate dark, India ink dark, heart of Voldemort dark -- in this swamp in the middle of a moonless night in the middle of Belize. Only in the distance, across the fresh-water lagoon, do a few lights reveal the Lamanai Outpost Lodge, an ...
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