“The love for all living creatures is one of the noblest attributes of man.” This quote from Charles Darwin still rings true today. People who love to spend time with animals are often more generous, empathetic and positive. Sadly, not everyone understands how animals capture the beauty of nature and captivate the human imagination. Especially when these animals are not caged against their will and are allowed to roam free in their natural habitat. So if you’re one of those people who have a big heart and deep appreciation for these creatures, visiting the places of this gallery should be on your bucket list. (h/t)
1. Rottnest Island, Australia
This place is home to the one of the happiest animals on earth, the quokka.
2. Boulders Beach, South Africa
As it turns out, you don’t need to go to the Arctic to see penguins. This beach is the home to a colony of “jackass penguins”. If you want to know why they’re named as such, you’ll have to check them out for yourself.
3. Okunoshima, Japan
If you have a fondness for cute hopping creatures, plan a trip to this place called Usagi Shima or “Rabbit Island”.
4. Zao Fox Village, Japan
Want to feed a cute pack of foxes? Try visiting this Japanese fox reserve, and you’ll be amazed at how friendly these foxes are.
5. Nara, Japan
Here, you can feed deer crackers to roughly 1,200 sika deer.
6. Exuma, Bahamas
If these swimming pigs look familiar to you, you’ve probably seen them from Ke$ha’s music video for her song “Timber”.
7. Iguazi Falls, Argentina/Brazil
Visiting this place requires diligence. Because if you’re not careful, one of these cute Coatis won’t hesitate to take your food from you.
8. Oahu Waterfall, New Zealand
See playful seal pups play around inside the Ohau Point Fur Seal Sanctuary.
9. Dyrholaey Peninsula, Iceland
Carve out your time during the summer to see these Puffins living around such a gorgeous environment.