Amazing Animal Adventures

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Amazing Animal Adventures

As I started my blog in September 2013 and only became vegan in May 2016, there are several non-vegan posts pre-vegan era.  As an example of how someone can change their path in life drastically, I have made the decision to leave the posts up even though I am ashamed of them.  I hope you will take this example and think on it.  Also, see my animal activism page or travel page on ideas for ethical animal tourism and vegan food around the world.  My inbox is always open should you have questions about changing your lifestyle to better serve animals, our planet, and your own health.

It’s Day 1 of the A to Z Blogging Challenge which means today’s letter is A. Amazing Animal Adventures.  I just love a good alliteration, don’t you?  As most people know and you can probably tell by the amount of pictures I post with animals, I love animals.  All of them.  Except spiders.  And cockroaches.  Whatever, you get my point.  It’s only fitting that I highlight some of the animal adventures that I’m most pumped about experiencing in my future travels.


Cage Diving with Great White Sharks

The thought of being face-to-face with arguably the ocean’s fiercest predator with only a metal cage in between us doesn’t leave me the least bit terrified.  It’s exhilarating in my opinion and one of my bucket list items for when I visit South Africa. GREAT WHITE SHARK - GANSBAAI, SOUTH AFRICA 2003


Trekking to See Gorillas

I think I could sit and watch gorillas all day long and to experience them in the wild would be a once in a lifetime unforgettable experience.  There are a couple different places this can be done – many being in Rwanda. gorilla trekking, rwanda


Cage Diving with Crocodiles

Cage diving with crocodiles is possible in South Africa and Australia that I know of and is an animal experience I really can’t wait to experience one day.  Not as exciting to me as being in the ocean with Great White Sharks but still amazing nonetheless. amazing animal adventures, crocodile diving



Swimming with Jellyfish in Palau

In Palau is the chance of a lifetime – to swim with jellyfish without the risk of being stung.  Over the course of time, jellyfish in this lake have completely lost their sting because of a lack of predators.  I’m sincerely looking at adding on a side trip to Palau on my upcoming trip through Southeast Asia. jellyfish, palau lake


Watch Grizzly Bears in the Wild

A visit to Montana or Alaska (or anywhere else grizzlies are) would be a dream for me.  The one thing I think that would push the trip over the top would be the opportunity to see a grizzly bear in the wild.  I swear I don’t have a death wish. grizzly bear, wild, alaska


Dog Sled in Finland

This doesn’t have to happen in Finland, but Lapland is a fantastic location to be pulled on a sled by a team of huskies.  You can also enjoy a reindeer sleigh ride which let’s face it…has me packing my bags right now.  This obsession only grew after watching Frozen for the first time last night. 640px-Dogsledquebec


African Safari

An African Safari is my ultimate dream trip and definitely my ultimate animal adventure.  The Big Five are definitely the highlight but I’m excited to see all the animals Africa has to offer. Lion Eyes


Witness the Crab Migration

Every year the Christmas Island red crab mass migrate to the sea to lay their eggs in the ocean.  This species of crab is endemic to Christmas Island and the Cocos Islands in the Indian Ocean. chistmas island australia red crab migration


See Hippos in Africa

I have a slight obession with hippos.  And, when I say slight…I mean all these other animal “obsessions” I say I have are pale in comparison to my hippo obsession.  It started in middle school when my softball team made our mascot a hippo (who knows why?) and it just stuck with me ever since.  I love The Planet D’s experience kayaking with hippos. amazing animal experiences, hippos, africa


Snake Safari

By now, you’ve probably thought I’ve lost my mind.  That’s okay, it’s probable.  I’ve also been fascinated with snakes and have had a few of my own.  In college, I actually lost one of them and never found out…felt sorry for the next person who moved in – oops.  I’m sure there are many companies that offer snake safaris but I ran across this one in Kenya that looks amazing.  They have one particular safari that goes in search of the most impressive species of African snake (the big five)- the PythonBoomslangPuff AdderCobra and the Mamba.  Sign me up! amazing animal experiences, snakes, africa


There are so many animals I would love to see in the wild and this short list doesn’t even begin to explain it all.

Do any of these animal experiences have you packing your bags or running away in fear?  What else would you add to the list?

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  1. Jessica | A Passion and A Passport

    April 1, 2014 at 8:58 AM

    love love love this post! Seeing animals in their natural habitat is something I absolutely enjoy doing! I saw dolphins in the wild last year in Hawaii and it was beyond amazing. I’m participating in the April a-z challenge too!

    • Ashley Hubbard

      April 1, 2014 at 9:17 AM

      Thanks Jesscia! That’s amazing you got to see dolphins in Hawaii…I’d love that!

  2. Daidri | Thee Getaway Gal

    April 1, 2014 at 9:04 AM

    Off to a great start Ashley… LOVE this post although I think you just may have a death wish. I can’t wait to read your posts in the future once you’ve actually seen these creatures in the wild, especially you with sharks. Crazy Fun!!

    • Ashley Hubbard

      April 1, 2014 at 9:17 AM

      Thanks Daidri! I have a feeling I’m gonna have some close calls on my travels haha…can’t wait to follow your A to Z Challenge as well! 🙂

  3. Milene

    April 1, 2014 at 9:26 AM

    Great post! I did some of the above, the most wonderful was the Gorilla trekking! Most Gorilla´s btw live in Uganda (half of all of them) then there is Rwanda (a bit pricy) and Congo (a bit dangerous). Love it! I have done a safari in Namibia – absolutely amazing!!! And in Uganda, awesome! Would love to dive with Sharks and Crocodiles, even though I´m quite scared of the deep blue sea 😛

    • Ashley Hubbard

      April 1, 2014 at 9:36 AM

      Thanks for the tips on the Gorillas…I didn’t realize there were more in Uganda. I love the movie Congo haha. 🙂

  4. Frankie Blooding

    April 1, 2014 at 9:32 AM

    Those are some great ones. The alligator and the shark ones, I don’t know about…Woo-ooo-ooooh! But swimming with the jellyfish? OMW! I would LOVE that!!! Are you really setting out to travel? That’s awesome!

  5. Anabel

    April 1, 2014 at 9:58 AM

    Nope, not done any of those! But I have seen orangutans in Borneo and been to Galapagos, both of which I can recommend.

  6. Rachel

    April 1, 2014 at 10:02 AM

    I would so love to see and do everything on this list too – even the snakes. But I would also add seeing the mustang, and seeing turtles coming in to nest on a beach. I know you will check before you do any of these things, but please make sure they are good organisations that don’t cause undue stress for the animals you see. Responsible nature tourism is the winner!

  7. Chris Boothman

    April 1, 2014 at 10:33 AM

    Great post Ashley and what a great way to start the challenge! There are a few things on this list that intrigue me, in particular the dog sledding and African safari adventures but I am certainly not about to go searching for snakes – ugh just the thought sends chills down my back!

  8. Calli

    April 1, 2014 at 10:46 AM

    Alliteration is the best 🙂

    Great start to the challenge – Travis wants to cage dive with great whites but I’m not so sure yet. Can’t wait to read about this when you hit South Africa.

    As for the Grizzlies and Sled Dogs if you don’t find time to fit these into your trip you can always swing by British Columbia, Canada – we’ve got both here 🙂

  9. Ann

    April 1, 2014 at 11:45 AM

    It looks like you like a lot of scary animal encounters! Will be interested in seeing which experiences you will have.

  10. rebecca

    April 1, 2014 at 12:18 PM

    You used Alliteration in title, the same thing my Letter A is talking about.

  11. Leslie

    April 1, 2014 at 12:33 PM

    Great travel ideas in there! I love your obsession with hippos…not one I hear very often;) I think I will pass on the snake adventures though. You are much braver than me!

  12. Kris

    April 1, 2014 at 1:01 PM

    Okay, I cannot wait for your post on the Shark cage adventure. You’re a brave woman. I had no idea that you could also cage dive with alligators….yikes! Fun post. Thanks

  13. SJ @ Chasing the Donkey

    April 1, 2014 at 1:10 PM

    Ohhh YIKES. Ashley, I dont think I’ll be able to sleep now. That sharkkkkkk!

  14. Angela Travels

    April 1, 2014 at 1:37 PM

    Love this one! Wildlife is one of my favorite things about visiting national parks, aside from the hiking.

  15. Marlene

    April 1, 2014 at 3:27 PM

    Awesome post. I would enjoy most of these adventures too. Except for the flying to get there. Here in southern Colorado we have an annual tarantula migration. We serpentine down the roads to miss them (if we’re good people). I hate spiders, but tarantulas are almost cuddly.

  16. Tamason

    April 1, 2014 at 3:35 PM

    Ok, so some of these I would love to do – I would pack my bags tomorrow for the husky dogs but some of the others…
    I can also see the weird reasoning behind wanting to get in the water with a great white although I know that I will never ever do anything like that (I would need to learn how to swim first and that is not going to happen any time soon! 🙂 )
    I do however, love to see animals in their natural habitat so, other than the water-born ones you could convince me that the other trips would be a good idea!

    Great first post for the challenge!

  17. Lisa from Lulu's Big Adventure

    April 1, 2014 at 3:57 PM

    When I was on a safari in Kenya, we went out on a lake full of hippos. It was amazing (and slightly terrifying!) At one point, the hippo let out this big snort and came toward us, and I was convinced we were done for.

  18. Cathy Olliffe-Webster

    April 1, 2014 at 5:05 PM

    I finally saw a real live grizzly bear last summer – only about 10 feet from my car! We were sightseeing in Jasper National Park in Canada (an absolutely stunning part of the world and no sharks or crocodiles -bonus). He/she was munching berries at the side of the road. I felt pretty safe in the car but I would never want to run into one of these big fellas while camping. Unless I was camping in an actual brick house, then that would be fine.

  19. Cathy Bennett

    April 1, 2014 at 5:15 PM

    I’m with you on everything EXCEPT… the snakes and the sharks! Beautiful photo’s and I enjoyed the stories.

  20. Amanda

    April 1, 2014 at 7:19 PM

    I’m not sure at all about the jellyfish thing… they kinda freak me out. But going on a safari and cage diving with great whites are at the top of my bucket list!

  21. Chuck Allen

    April 1, 2014 at 9:11 PM

    I would have to pass on a few of those (e.g. snakes), but an African Safari has long been on my list of things I must do at some point.

    Excellent list!

  22. jenny@atasteoftravel

    April 1, 2014 at 11:08 PM

    You have chosen some great adventure for your post! Seeing the gorillas is top of my list too followed by the dog sledding. I must admit though, you lost me with the snakes…you’re on your own there! Good luck with the rest of the challenge

  23. Celine

    April 1, 2014 at 11:23 PM

    Oh I did the shark cage diving and it was AMAZING! The adrenaline rush was something else, and it was so eerie watching the sharks under water swim past – their stillness and yet how smoothly and quickly they move. They look so beautiful and deadly…..Enjoy, I hope you love it!!

    I’d add trekking in the Sahara on camel back, and trekking through the Indian jungle on elephant back to that list (two long term dreams) but you’ve got a pretty amazing list already! I might get a chance to go dog sledding next year if I manage to do the transsiberian (fingers crossed!) so looking forward to hearing how you get on with that!

  24. Contented Traveller

    April 2, 2014 at 3:21 AM

    If we leave the snakes out I could handle this.

  25. Corinne

    April 2, 2014 at 4:48 AM

    I agree with almost all of yours. I have no interest in the sharks or crocodiles too close! Great A!

  26. Sammi

    April 2, 2014 at 10:57 AM

    Great post 🙂

    My friend just did the gorilla trekking and cage diving with sharks, though, she ended up not going in the cage because she decided her view from the boat was awesome and you were only getting short glimpses in the water with the shark- and looking at her photos I’m inclined to agree with her!

    • Ashley Hubbard

      April 2, 2014 at 11:22 AM

      Ahhh so jealous! Interesting that she liked it better from in the boat – I’ll have to keep that in mind 🙂

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