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Moneragala, Sri Lanka
Udawalawe National Park
Huge herds of Asian elephants can be seen walking, bathing, and just chilling at this Sri Lankan park.
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Olympic Game Farm
Some of Disney's early nature documentaries were shot at this nature preserve, now best known for its waving bears.
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Cape Town, South Africa
This big cat sanctuary allows visitors a face-to-face encounter with some of South Africa's rarest creatures.
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Philpot Lane Mice Sculpture
A mysterious pair of mice eating a piece of cheese is London's smallest public sculpture.
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Fort Benton, Montana
A small Montana town commemorates the dog who waited at the train station every day for his owner to return.
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Knut the Polar Bear
Berlin's beloved bear is immortalized at the Museum für Naturkunde.
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Chuncho Macaw Clay Lick
The world's largest clay lick, where parrots gather to snack.
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Oswald's Bear Ranch
Two dozen rescued bears roam (mostly) free at the largest bear ranch in the U.S.
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U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Forensics Laboratory
A forensic lab dedicated to fighting crimes against wildlife.
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A wildlife paradise, this island is one of the world’s most important habitats for burrow nesting seabirds.
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Hendersonville, North Carolina
Blue Ghost Fireflies
These freaks of the lightning bug family glow the wrong color, for too long, and it's awesome
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Santa Terezinha, Brazil
Chapada das Mesas National Park
High plateaus and beautiful waterfalls frame this ecologically significant nature preserve
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One of the world's oldest trees comes with a Welsh legend intertwining it with a spirit prophesying death
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Adams River Salmon Run
Every four years, millions of salmon fill a river so densely that its waters appear deep crimson
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Rayne Frog Festival
The only place to see live frogs don pigtails and top hats, then eat their scrumptious legs
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Hudson-Meng Bison Kill
Two ranchers went digging for water and came up with bones – lots and lots of them
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Mara River Crossing
Life and death are on parade at the most reliably perilous site of “the Great Migration”
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Salton Sea Duck Blinds
The sea once considered an ecological wasteland is now called "crown jewel of avian biodiversity" by scientists
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