Swimming with Dolphins, Tracking Gorillas: How to Have the World's Best Wildlife Encounters

Swimming with Dolphins, Tracking Gorillas: How to Have the World's Best Wildlife Encounters

Paperback Bradt Travel Guides (Wildlife Guides)

By (author) Ian Wood

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  • Publisher: BRADT TRAVEL GUIDES
  • Format: Paperback | 184 pages
  • Dimensions: 198mm x 240mm x 16mm | 621g
  • Publication date: 4 December 2012
  • Publication City/Country: Buckinghamshire
  • ISBN 10: 1841624047
  • ISBN 13: 9781841624044
  • Illustrations note: Full-colour throughout, 200 images & 52 maps
  • Sales rank: 418,117

Product description

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.

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Ian Wood is a writer and photographer specializing in wildlife, travel and nature.

Review quote

'...enthusiastic and comprehensive guide to engaging with animals on their own terms, from catching wildebeest migrations to stalking a tiger.' Food & Travel magazine 'If you want to get closer to wildlife, this guide gives the lowdown on how, where and when, from writer and photographer Ian Wood.' National Geographic Traveller 'Illustrated with beautiful photography, this inspiring guide shows you how and where to see the world's iconic wildlife in the most ethical ways possible' Sussex Life

Table of contents

Contents Foreword 3 Wildlife calendar 5 Encounter highlights 6 Author/Acknowledgements 8 Introduction 9 FOREST Encounters with tigers 10 Tracking mountain & lowland gorillas 16 Tracking chimpanzees 22 Up close with orang-utans 28 Primate communications 34 Inquisitive lemurs 36 Proboscis monkeys from the river 40 Walking in the Costa Rican rainforest 44 Watching grizzly bears catch salmon 46 Eurasian brown bears from a hide 50 Trekking in search of komodo dragons 54 Macaws at a salt lick 58 Getting close to minibeasts 62 SAVANNA Lion encounters on a walking safari 64 Cheetah safari 68 African horseriding safari 72 Tracking leopard by 4x4 74 Elephants on a walking safari 78 The wildebeest migration 84 Tracking African rhino on foot 88 MOUNTAIN Expedition in snow leopard territory 92 Tracking wolves on foot 96 Seeking out the giant panda 100 Climbing & hiking in search of condors & vultures 106 POLAR Polar bear encounters 110 Penguins: kayaking, walking & camping 116 RIVERINE Watching hippos 122 Kayaking with alligators in the Everglades 126 The Pantanal: jaguars & more 130 In search of the elusive shoebill 132 MARINE Swimming with wild dolphins 136 Swimming & snorkelling with whales 142 Diving with seals & sea lions 148 Close encounters in the Galapagos 152 Snorkelling on a coral reef 156 Snorkelling & diving with turtles 158 Diving with sharks 162 Snorkelling & diving with whale sharks 166 Diving with manta rays 170 The world of the puffin 174 Picture credits 180 Glossary of scientific names 181 Index 182