Amazing Animal Adventures

From witnessing the red crab march across Christmas Island to spotting a rare Kermode bear in British Columbia—explore these 5 islands and their local habitat.
By Jad Davenport

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Pose with Penguins
One of five species of penguin on the Falkland Islands, the red-eyed rockhopper is loved for its stylish plumage. You don't have to trek across Antarctica to see them; just navigate herds of sheep and British pubs.
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Jad Davenport
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Stalk the Spirit Bears
Rarer than giant pandas, Kermode bears emerge from British Columbia's Great Bear Rainforest for a few days in September to gorge on spawning salmon. Local Gitga'at guides maximize your chances of seeing one.
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Jad Davenport
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Dive with Dugongs
Although native to much of Southeast Asia, these endangered 9-foot "sea cows" are rarely seen. But you can snorkel with them at Dimakya Island in the Philippines, where 22 dugongs graze sea grass offshore.
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Courtesy of Dugong Dive Center
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Witness a Crab Orgy
On a day from October to December known only to them, more than 120 million sex-starved red crabs march across Australia's Christmas Island on a month-long mating migration so grand that it closes roads.
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Pet the Devil
Tasmania's namesake nocturnal demon is hardly ever spotted in the wild, but at the island's only zoo a daily "Devil Interpretation" lets you pet a Tasmanian devil. They're puppy soft but make wicked little snarls.
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Courtesy of Tasmania Zoo
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Save the Lemurs
Trek in Perinet Reserve, Madagascar, and you'll hear the haunting cries of these primates before you spot them. They're endangered, and your tourist bucks help prevent illegal rosewood loggers from ruining their habitat.
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Courtesy of Wild Madagascar