Whether you’re against the captivity of wild animals or you’re simply seeking a new type of vacation, interacting with animals in their natural habitats can be an amazing experience. Why go to a zoo when you can immerse yourself in their natural habitats at these amazing vacation destinations? Here are four spots you can visit to ethically connect with animals while going on a much deserved R&R.
1. Pig Beach “Official Home of the Swimming Pigs”
Pig Beach is located on an uninhabited island called Big Major Clay in the Bahamas. As the name hints, this beach is home to feral but friendly pigs. Though no one knows how they got there, a popular theory is that a group of sailors dropped them off to cook later. Others believe that there was a shipwreck nearby and the pigs swam to safety. Regardless, your trip to the Bahamas wouldn’t be complete without a swim with these pigs.
2. Ōkunoshima – Rabbit Island
If you ever visit Japan, stop by Ōkunoshima Island, otherwise known as Rabbit Island. These rabbits were once subject to poison gas tests during World War II. Now, they’ve taken over the entire island and have made it one of the cutest tourist attractions. Dogs and cats are strictly prohibited, and guests are encouraged to bring carrots and cabbages for the rabbits to eat.
3. Cumberland Island Horses
Cumberland Island is Georgia‘s largest barrier island and also where you can see these spectacular feral horses. These are one group of wild animals that you should not approach, but rather enjoy from far away. If the horses feel you are too close, they may kick or bite. Still, their majestic presence makes swimming, fishing, and hiking a lot more interesting.
4. Giraffe Manor
When booking a hotel in Nairobi, Kenya, you may want to check out the Giraffe Manor. Found within the 140 acres of indigenous forest, the Giraffe Manor is a boutique hotel that receives surprise visits from a herd of Rothschild giraffes. They appear in the morning and evening, poking their heads through the windows in hopes of getting a snack before retreating back to the forest.