Most children have an inherent fascination with animals and some of their strongest bonds and enduring friendships will be formed with their furry companions. This appeal often extends beyond typical domesticated pets however and in a time when more species than ever are at risk of extinction, the importance of educating the next generation to be able to appreciate and preserve them is greater than ever before.
Research has even proven that teaching youngsters to have compassion towards animals will help them to forge healthy relationships with their peers. So, the next time you are planning a family vacation, keep in mind some of these wonderful animal attractions that will not only excite but educate kids – and undoubtedly most adults too – making for an unforgettable and perhaps life-changing experience. The following five animal attractions should be a must visit for any animal loving and nature loving family.
Serengeti National Park
Located in Tanzania, Serengeti National Park may not be your typical holiday destination but there are few places in the world to rival the ability it offers to see vast numbers of animal species in the wild. It has become particularly famous for its inclusion of ‘The Big 5’ which refers to lions, leopards, elephants, rhinoceros and buffalo. A spectacular trip here is sure to be an unforgettable memory that will stay with you for the rest of your life.
Found just off the Southern Australian mainland, Kangaroo Island offers the chance to see the charismatic namesake of the area roaming free and wild. These creatures never fail to bring a smile to people’s faces and if you visit during the country’s winter months, you can even watch as joeys emerge from their mother’s pouches for the first time. It’s not just kangaroos you can see here either. There are a whole host of other interesting species, including the also typically Australian wallabies and even magnificent whales that pass by the island’s shores during their migration.
If marine life is what you are after then Miami Seaquarium tickets are just what you need. There are many incredible species here that you can view, including dolphins, sharks, whales, manatees, sea-lions, stingrays, an array of gorgeously coloured tropical fish and so much more. Aside from enjoying the displays and marvelling at the sights from the underwater viewing area, there is a big emphasis on learning about the habitat and conservation of each of the species, making this a great place to visit to teach children about what lives within our waters.
Canada is famous for its breath-taking scenery and well-preserved natural sites and this wildlife park in Notre Dame de Bonsecours, Quebec offers visitors the chance to travel the driving path throughout the year to safely view elk, bison, black bears, red deer and arctic wolves, amongst others. A designated radio channel also allows you to learn about the animals and their habitat as you uncover them, creating another opportunity to both have fun and learn.
Kruger National Park
Kruger National Park spans an impressive two million hectares and sits across two different regions of South Africa. It has become one of the world’s most famous and widely visited wildlife parks because of the sheer variety on offer. This includes not only the animals you can seek out but also the way in which you can choose to do so. You can opt for guided tours, hikes, drives, mountain biking, game walks or even just arm yourself with a clearly marked map and explore the wonder on offer at your own pace.