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It’s a rough bumpy 45 km ride from Khajuraho to the Panna Tiger Reserve — but it turned out to be very worthwhile.
A Brief Background of the Panna Tiger Reserve
The Panna Tiger Reserve is part of Panna National Park, which is a large swath of nature in one of the world’s most densely populated countries, having an area of 542.67 km2 (209.53 mi2). The reserve has grass habitat with extensive open woodlands, and plateaus punctuated by gorges. Life here depends on the Ken river and its tributary streams, which sustain everything you see. The area was declared a Biosphere Reserve in 2011.
India has the world’s largest surviving tiger population. In 1993 Panna was declared India’s twenty-second Tiger reserve and placed under the Protection …
The San Diego Zoo Safari Park is found near Escondido, California, about a half hour’s drive northeast of San Diego and its world famous San Diego Zoo.
I’ve visited the San Diego Zoo Safari Park about a half dozen times in the past 35 years and really enjoyed every visit. When we first came to the park decades ago the place was known as San Diego Wild Animal Park, but in 2010 the name was changed because some people were apparently getting it and the zoo confused. This is not the zoo — it’s where you can go on a (sort-of) safari. But at either place you’ll have the chance to see a large quantity and variety of …
The slowly flowing, warm, River of Grass is teaming with life, although at times it’s hard to see it. A recommended place to spot wildlife within Everglades National Park is in Shark Valley. There is a lengthy elevated bike path in the area, which is shared by a tram. You can rent a bike and cycle around, stopping to see the alligators and birds, or you can sit back in the tram and let a biologist/guide educate you about what you’re seeing. Both options are very rewarding. There is no better place to immerse yourself in this UNESCO World Heritage ecosystem.
We visited Shark Valley a few months ago and had a wonderful experience. I previously published a …
My brother and I were traveling down a remote road in Everglades National Park one evening. We’d stopped frequently to enjoy views and take photos of the River of Grass and Cypress groves. During our last stop, in the fading light, we noted this alligator nearby, well camouflaged by the low light and reflections of the cypress trees. There was something primitive and primal about the scene that caused the hair on my neck to stand on end.
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During our last visit to Florida, my father and I drove from our base in Orlando to explore some of Florida’s east coast. Our destination for the day was the Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge, not far from Titusville.
This is a massive preserve, some 140,000 acres (57,000 ha), situated on the same island as the Kennedy Space Center. Because of its close proximity to the Space Center, there are rare times when NASA restricts access to this National Wildlife Refuge (e.g. when the space shuttle was landing in Florida).
The topography of the refuge is flat, but still there are a mixture of habitats including saltwater and freshwater marshes, dunes, forests and scrub. Here …
Unless you’ve driven across them, it’s hard to comprehend how vast the deserts of the American Southwest are. While at first glance the region seems nearly lifeless, it’s rich in a diverse variety of hardy plant and animal life. An excellent way to see this assortment of desert life is to stop everywhere and explore. A much easier and more convenient way is to visit a botanical garden which, while not a perfect experience, is highly educational. A place I’d recommend is the Living Desert, located in Palm Desert, California (very near Palm Springs), which provides a one-stop chance to explore the flora and fauna of America’s deserts –with an African sampler to boot!
The Living Desert occupies …
One of the most interesting days we had on our visit to Kangaroo Island included a stop at Seal Bay, now a Conservation Park. The Bay is home to a colony of up to 1,000 Australian Sea Lions, one of the rarest types of sea lions. Less than 15,000 of them exist and this Bay is home to one of the largest colonies.
When we visited, there were no other people on the Bay, or for that matter, any of the beaches we stopped at on the island. It seemed a little odd at the time to be on a miles long stretch of beautiful sandy beach and not have any other people about. But we took advantage of the opportunity …
Elephants have fascinated me since I was a child. You can enjoy them at the circus, in documentaries and zoos, but to really appreciate elephants you need to observe them in the wild. They are majestic and entertaining, and will capture your full attention. Their cute little ones will steal your heart.
African elephants are the largest land animals currently living on our planet. They have massive ears shaped like the continent on which they live (and which are larger than the auricular appendages of their Asian cousins). Because of their size, they consume a lot of food, about 300 pounds (136 kilograms) a day. They are social creatures, with females and the young roaming in herds, but bulls tending to …