Spotting animals in the wild (safely)

I discovered my love of finding wildlife while travelling almost by accident. While on a three-month backpacking tour in South America, I came across spider monkeys and howler monkeys – and I was amazed. Ever since then, many of my trips have been influenced by the prospect of encountering animals in their natural habitat.

Words of wisdom

It is important to respect any wild animals. Although I have survived to tell these tales, and I was always sensible as could be expected of me, I have had some close encounters. Most animals may have the instinct of flight than flight. Not all do. If you get too close to one, or are unlucky enough to come across a mother protecting their young, a dream can turn into a nightmare.

Having said that, seeing animals in their natural habitat can be an unforgettable experience. Just observing them amazes me. I have been lucky enough to see wild elephants, rhinos, a leopard, orangutans, gibbons, monkeys, crocodiles, black bears, grizzlies, kangaroos, Tasmanian devils, dingoes, eagles snakes, lizards, whales, dolphins, and orca! And there are still a lot more I want to see.

My Worldly Encounters

More advice


When searching for, or stumbling across, wild animals


In the interest of keeping you and the animals safe

And finally...

Take lots of photos (from a safe distance, obviously)! And share them!