Forget the zoo — check out some of the most incredible countries on the planet to see animals in the wild.
Nearly 1/3 of Botswana’s land is set aside for wildlife. And boy, do they have plenty of it: zebras, hippos, elephants, wildebeest, lions, giraffes, cheetah, rhinos, hyenas, meerkats, just to name a few! Though the country is nearly twice the size of Arizona, it has a population of just 1.5 million and has relatively good environmental protections for the region — making it a popular safari destination.
Its neighbor to the north, Brazil, may be home to the most animal species on the planet, but Argentina wins major points for the diversity of its wildlife. What other country is home to both toucans and penguins, let alone a country just 1/3 the size of the continental United States? In the subtropical forests of the North, you’ll find monkeys, big cats, hummingbirds, capybaras, tapirs, and flamingos. Farther south, in Patagonia, the Valdes Peninsula is teeming with sea lions, whales, and seals.
Some 70 million-odd years ago, this African island broke off from the Gondawana supercontinent, and the flora and fauna of Madagascar developed in isolation. Thus, nearly all of the island’s plant and animal species are found nowhere else on earth. Dozens of species of lemur, Madagascar’s most iconic animal, roam these forests. You’ll find abundant marine life living in the coral reefs around the island, too.
A continued pattern of above-average warmth this fall will keep heating costs down for consumers as they prepare financially for the approaching holiday season.
The dangers to lives and property will already be mounting across Japan on Sunday’s Election Day prior to Typhoon Lan slamming onshore at night.
Deadly wildfires ravaged Spain and Portugal this week while a potent storm in the Pacific Northwest caused damage near Seattle.
As winds and heat throttle up, the risk of wildfire ignition and spread will increase throughout California with the greatest risk in southern areas by early next week.
The picturesque Northern California wine country is currently under threat from the wildfires scorching the region.
While cleanup and power restoration continues after Ophelia, Storm Brian will deal the British Isles another blow with strong winds and rain into this weekend.
A wide variety of weather is expected across Germany this winter as big changes occur throughout the season.
The prolonged stretch of tranquil weather conditions across the central United States will be cut short as severe thunderstorms erupt on Saturday afternoon.