Wild-life based tourism can be utterly thrilling, whether you want to get up close with orangutans, watch grizzly bears catch salmon, see the wildebeest migration, seek out the giant panda, watch hippos, or dive with manta rays. The Calendar section clearly indicates the best months to see the animals featured, and is well organised alongside a tantalising array of encounter highlights, pinpointing exact locations.
Encounters with wildlife are more accessible than ever, with a bewildering array of adventures on offer. This inspiring guide presents a range of ideas, from meeting the world's iconic wildlife to more unusual encounters, highlighting the best and the most ethical options. With nearly 20 years' experience travelling the globe, Ian Wood picks his favourite animal hot spots, from tracking mountain gorillas to kayaking with alligators in the Everglades; from being up close with elephants on a walking safari to snorkelling with whale sharks and climbing in search of condors. Pointers on how best to encounter each animal, what to see when and where, and what else you might see along the way, help you plan the journey of a lifetime.