Animal Travels: Canada

For this weeks Animal Travels, I’m going to explore the wildlife of Canada. Now Canada is a huge country and so getting every single species will be a next to impossible job so I’m going to pick some top Canada species and discuss where you can find them.

First up has got to be the Moose, Canada’s most famous animal. Unknown.jpegThe moose is an extremely large animal, and is definitely not to be tangled with. Moose can be found pretty much all over Canada but at Jasper National Park in Alberta is one of the best viewing locations for moose in the wild.

Next on the wildlife of Canada list is the Mountain Lion or Cougar.mountain-lion-on-snowy-rock Mountain Lions are best viewed on Vancouver Island and probably safest from a distance because even though they may look cute and cuddly they are carnivores.

In Churchill, Manitoba there is a viewing opportunity for two different popular species, but I’d wrap up warm as Churchill is definitely part of the Arctic. Up in Churchill you can see the canaries of the sea, Beluga whales, known as canaries due to their high pitched communication. Unknown-1.jpegAnother animal that you can see plenty of in Churchill are Polar Bears, which are significantly more dangerous than Churchill’s other famous residents. Unknown-2.jpegPolar Bears are in desperate need of conservation help in order to save them from extinction so please if you do want to go and see Polar Bears in the wild, go to a reputable tour company who will be donating some of their proceeds to the protection of the polar bears in the wild.

If bears are your thing you can also head to Gribbell Island and look for Spirit Bears. spirit-bear-on-rock2-1Spirit Bears are actually Kermode Bears which are a rare subspecies of the American Black Bear, and are particularly prominent in the folk stories and legends of Canada.

And to round of the Animal Travels: Canada post, its time to talk about the marine life of Canada. Canada is famous for its harp seals and also the Killer Whales that inhabit its waters. Unknown-3.jpegKiller Whales are best viewed around Vancouver and British Columbia, but perhaps the best viewing you will ever have is at the Gwaii Haanas Marine Conservation Area Reserve.

Harp seals however, are best viewed in Quebec specifically at Iles-de-la-Madeleine. North-Harp-Seal-Watch-1-ice-seal

If anyone is heading to Canada send me a message at animaltravelsblog@gmail.com or leave me a comment below and I can help provide you will tips or we can just gush over the cuteness of animals together.

 

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Animal Travels: Madagascar

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Madagascar has many different and interesting species, perhaps the most famous of which is the ring-tailed lemur. In this post, I hope to walk you through some of the most famous species that Madagascar has to offer and also some of the best places to spot them.

The ring-tailed lemur is a popular zoo animal, however the best place to see them is of course in their natural habitat and Madagascar is the only place to do this as ring-tailed lemurs are a species endemic to Madagascar (meaning that it is the only place that they live). Perhaps the best place to view ring-tailed lemurs in Madagascar is at the Anja Reserve near to Ambalavao.

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Coquerel’s Sifaka, or as I like to call it “The Eternally Surprised Lemur” is another species of lemur that is endemic to Madagascar. These lemurs are distinguishable by their white and reddish fur. The best place to see these beauties is at Arjajavy Private Nature Reserve.

 

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I simply can’t finish talking about lemurs on Madagascar without adding the islands creepiest resident the Aye-Aye. The island of Nosy Mangabe is reported to be the best place to find the Aye-Aye, however only for the extremely lucky as the Aye-Aye is an extremely elusive animal that does not like to be found.

Madagascar isn’t just home to lemurs though, it also has its own endemic species of mammal, the fossa.

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The fossa resembles a large elongated dog with a cat-like face. They are best viewed at Kirindy near Morondava.

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Madagascar’s waters are also filled with amazing animals too!

The waters between the mainland and Ile Sainte-Marie are the best place to view the humpback whales, particularly between the months of July and October.

So overall, Madagascar has a multitude of animals, however, don’t expect to find a hypochondriac giraffe, a robust hippo, a daft zebra and Alex the lion.

If anybody is paying a visit please let me know and I can give some tips and we can discuss the wildlife together!

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