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The wildlife (undomesticated animals) population has decreased by 68% since 1970, as reported by the 2020 World Wildlife Fund’s (WWF) Living Planet Report and its Living Planet Index measure.
The report is published every two years, and it goes without saying that one holds your breath for the next report in terms of the impact of the chains of extinction.
It is therefore within good reason that “Travel and Home” brings you the best wildlife photography with information about where to view these beautiful creatures.
Called the Spiny Anteater, also known as Echidnas, the shy short-beaked wildlife mammal is widespread across Australia. From deserts to rainforests, alpine mountains and believe it not, even crossing rivers and swimming in beaches using their snouts like snorkels! In captivity, they can live up to 49 years. However, in the wild, they usually live up to 10 years.
You can still go on an unforgettable camel ride in Egypt or in Qatar’s desert. Of course, in this case, they’re quite domesticated and no longer falls in the traditional wildlife description. But it’s one of those travel experiences from many travelers’ bucket lists.
Scientifically known as Ovis dalli, are native to the rugged mountain ranges of Alaska.
The ram photographed above was spotted in Denali National Park near Fairbanks, Alaska. The females’ (ewes) horns are shorter and more slender.
Probably North America’s premier spot to view Dall sheep is in the mountains east of Anchorage, home to more than 1,000 Dall sheep. They tend to loom over the busy highway south of Anchorage, Windy corner, perched on craggy faces and cliffs. For the best viewing walk up the Turnagain Arm Trail.
More viewing places include Chugach, Kenai, and Wrangell-St Elias.
Not to be mistaken as goats, they are by far one of the most spectacular mammals in the alpine regions.
This medium-sized wild cat is native to Scandinavia, i.e. Norway (usually excluding the west and southwestern parts) holds almost 25% and Sweden 75% of the Scandinavian population. It can meow and purr in typical cat fashion. They don’t roar like the “great cats”, namely lions, tigers, etc.
You will see the wiry European hedgehog (Erinaceus europaeus) in Bad Driburg, Germany.
Native to Africa’s dry plains, savanna, and deserts, you’ll find these large antelope with striking black markings on their faces when you travel Namibia.
Scientifically known as Saguinus geoffroyi, this wildlife cutie-pie (they’re the most handsome of all new world primates) was spotted in the Soberania National Park, Monkey Island, Panama. Also known as the Panamanian, red-crested, or rufous-naped tamarin, the small monkey can also be seen in Colombia. They live in South and Central America’s deciduous forests and tropical rainforests. They’ll be watching over you from high up in the treetops!
In Africa‘s Okavango Delta, Botswana, these angry and agile animals are a photographer’s dream.
This endangered wildlife mammal may look a bit confusing at first sight! The Okapi (Okapi johnstoni) forest or Congolese giraffe is native to the Ituri Rainforest in the Congo. Just like its giraffe cousin, it has 4 stomachs to help with the digestion of its plant-based diet. Also like its giraffe cousin, the Okapi has a long, dark tongue to strip the leaves from the branches. They enjoy being on their own and generally don’t prefer to be in big groups.
Called the “Chicken McNuggets of the grasslands” these two prairie dogs in a warm supportive embrace were spotted in Maine, USA. These small, chubby-looking mammals are cousins of the squirrels. Sadly their population on North America’s prairies and open grasslands has shrunk by more than 95%.
The Three-toed sloth, with its perpetually smiling expression, is the slowest of our mammals. They are so slow that algae grow on their furry coats. The brown-throated species (Bradypus variegatus) occurs from Honduras to northern Argentina (central and South America).