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Wildlife travel stories


I’m a sucker for wildlife, which is probably why so many stories on this site feature animal encounters from around the world. Some of these creature close-ups are best expressed in photo form. So that’s why you can see a monkey on a motorbike, a Rottnest Island quokka from Australia and a crocodile that likes being stroked in the Gambia.

More detailed tales of wildlife wonders include hand-feeding stingrays in New Zealand, an elephant-back safari in South Africa and watching a turtle give birth in Oman.

Links to all the wildlife stories on the site can be found below.



Waiting alligator, Florida Everglades

Waiting alligator, Florida Everglades

David Whitley April 5, 2015 Comments Off on Waiting alligator, Florida Everglades

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Rum and crocodiles: Jamaica beyond the beach

Rum and crocodiles: Jamaica beyond the beach

David Whitley July 16, 2014 Comments Off on Rum and crocodiles: Jamaica beyond the beach

David Whitley experiences an all-together wilder Jamaica on a day trip to the Appleton Estate and Black River. From the top of the tower at Appleton Estate, there’s an awful lot of green to

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Primates of fear: The world that doesn’t like monkeys

Primates of fear: The world that doesn’t like monkeys

David Whitley February 24, 2014 Comments Off on Primates of fear: The world that doesn’t like monkeys

When men and monkeys collide, humans tend to go ape. As rules of thumb go, the one about which countries monkeys live in is fairly failsafe. All you have to do is ask someone

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Otago Peninsula bird-watching cruise, New Zealand

Otago Peninsula bird-watching cruise, New Zealand

David Whitley January 16, 2014 Comments Off on Otago Peninsula bird-watching cruise, New Zealand

David Whitley keeps an eye open for the Buller’s albatross and some very cute penguins on a boat trip from Dunedin. The fishing boat chugging towards us has company. It’s birdwatching bingo, as squadrons

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The ethics of the Kuala Gandah Elephant Conservation Centre, Malaysia

The ethics of the Kuala Gandah Elephant Conservation Centre, Malaysia

David Whitley October 17, 2013 Comments Off on The ethics of the Kuala Gandah Elephant Conservation Centre, Malaysia

David Whitley finds himself with conflicting opinions at the Kuala Gandah Elephant Conservation Centre in Malaysia. Right and wrong is rarely black and white. Even when an elephant wakes from the effects of the

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Dolphin kayaking in Byron Bay, Australia

Dolphin kayaking in Byron Bay, Australia

David Whitley October 3, 2013 Comments Off on Dolphin kayaking in Byron Bay, Australia

David Whitley takes to the ocean at Byron Bay with Go Sea Kayak, and finds himself with some rather cute company… We ride high on the swell. Another wave is lurching towards us, and

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Wallaby at Taronga Zoo, Sydney

Wallaby at Taronga Zoo, Sydney

David Whitley April 14, 2013 Comments Off on Wallaby at Taronga Zoo, Sydney

A wallaby at Taronga Zoo in Sydney, Australia, prepares to tuck into a light snack&#

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Kayaking the Kangaroo River

Kayaking the Kangaroo River

David Whitley March 21, 2013 Comments Off on Kayaking the Kangaroo River

David Whitley attempts to conquer the rapids in Kangaroo Valley, New South Wales, hoping he can add a wombat to his collection of goannas. You have to admire the Australian attitude towards health and

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Travel safety: How not to tackle a brown snake

Travel safety: How not to tackle a brown snake

David Whitley March 12, 2013 Comments Off on Travel safety: How not to tackle a brown snake

In the Namadgi National Park near Canberra in the Australian Capital Territory, David Whitley finds his path blocked by a nasty-looking snake. There are many things that you wish to see after three hours

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Cuddling a koala in Brisbane, Australia

Cuddling a koala in Brisbane, Australia

David Whitley January 21, 2013 Comments Off on Cuddling a koala in Brisbane, Australia

David Whitley gets up close and personal with a sleepy ball of fur at the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary in Queensland. As I gently stroke her neck, ruffling her hair, Elise moves closer. I

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