Animal Encounters

Animal encounters include animal sanctuaries, national parks, state parks, zoos, aquariums, and other attractions and experiences involving animals.

Visit Yellowstone National Park without Making Headlines

National Parks are not petting zoos. Follow these tips when you visit Yellowstone National Park to enjoy your experience without making the evening news. Since its creation more than 100 years ago, America’s first national park is often in the news. Unfortunately, the stories aren’t always about the hundreds of animal species that roam the naturally wild …

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A Visit to Zoo Atlanta in Atlanta, Georgia

Should you visit the Atlanta Zoo?

In 1984, Zoo Atlanta was rated as one of the worst zoos in the nation. Then zoo leadership and the Atlanta community rallied to turn things around.  Is it worth visiting Zoo Atlanta today?

A Visit to the Cincinnati Zoo (Yes, We Saw Fiona!)

A Visit to the Cincinnati Zoo (Yes, We Saw Fiona!)

While the Cincinnati Zoo has held the title of “Greenest Zoo in America” since 2010, it is now probably more famous as the home of Fiona the baby hippo. With photos and fun facts, join me on a visit to the Cincinnati Zoo!  

Everyday Postcard from the Rocky Mountain Arsenal in Denver, Colorado

Roughly halfway between the Denver International Airport and downtown, the Rocky Mountain Arsenal is a 16,000 acre wildlife refuge. While driving along the 11-mile-long Wildlife Drive, visitors can see bison, deer, waterfowl, and more. Learn more about the preserve in this Everyday Postcard from Stephanie. With seven continents, nearly 200 countries, and more than 7.5 …

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5 Reasons to Visit the Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center (Near Yellowstone National Park)

5 Reasons Why You Should Visit the Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center (Near Yellowstone National Park)

On the edge of America’s first national park, the Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center is a not-for-profit wildlife park. The educational facility is dedicated to giving visitors the opportunity to observe the magnificent wild animals at the facility and learn how to co-exist with them in a shrinking world. Here are five reasons you should …

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All About Alpacas: 10 Fun Alpaca Facts I Learned by Visiting an Alpaca Ranch

Travel Destinations in South America

Alpacas are long-necked, doe-eyed creatures that look like a camel mixed with a Goldendoodle. And yes, they are as adorable as that sounds! Native to the Andes Mountains of South America, here are 10 interesting alpaca facts I learned by visiting the Seven Stars Alpaca Ranch in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. Just a short drive from …

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Fun Facts About Giant Pandas

Beginning with a panda cub carried into the United States in the arms of fashion designer Ruth Harkness back in 1936, Americans have been fascinated by these adorable mammals. Here are 20 fun facts about giant pandas.

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