There’s something magical about spending time with butterflies, and in Thailand you can do it for free at the Bangkok Butterfly Garden and Insectarium. The butterfly garden is an enclosed space, so at any one time more than 500 butterflies may be fluttering about your head. Some of the most spectacular varieties include the large […]

Steve Irwin may be gone but his legacy lives on at Australia Zoo, a wildlife sanctuary at Beerwah on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast. The zoo is home to Irwin’s family – wife Terri and two children Bindi and Robert – and hundreds of happy animals. As its name suggests the emphasis here is on Australian animals, […]

We’ve all spent time staring into an animal enclosure at the zoo, desperately trying to catch a glimpse of the creature the sign assures us is inside. But the sad truth is, many of these exotic animals are only active once the zoo closes its gates. If you want to see these critters at their […]

Australia is home to a host of weird and wonderful creatures, including the iconic kangaroo, the duck-billed platypus, and the spiky echidna. But few animals inspire such passion from tourists as the cute and cuddly koala. They might look like real-life teddies, but koalas aren’t actually bears at all. Instead they are marsupials, just like […]

International favorites and local oddities are all on show at Auckland Zoo. This family tourist attraction is adjacent to Western Springs Reserve, a stone’s throw from Auckland’s central business district. The Pridelands, home to a pride of five lions, giraffes, and zebras, and the rare Sumatran tigers of Tiger Territory always draw a crowd. The […]

The giant panda is one of the world’s most beloved animals, and sadly one of the most endangered. No visit to China would be complete without observing one of these real-life teddy bears. It’s estimated that just 2500 giant pandas roam freely in China’s mountain forests today, their numbers severely depleted through habitat loss. While […]