Great Places to See Animals in Asia
Asia is full of all kinds of treats and treasures, and none more amazing than the animals. If you are an animal lover you are going to love Asia, as you will be able to get up close to some of the most exotic animals in the world. The following are some of the best places to go to get an amazing look at some magnificent animals.
Snow Monkey Park, Japan
Just outside of Nagano City is a fantastic opportunity to get to hang out with some of the world’s most unusual looking monkeys, the Japanese macaque. The area is known locally as Jigokudani-Yaenkoen, and it has a large natural hot springs where you will find around 150 of the bright pink-faced monkeys just hanging out and relaxing. It really is a sight unlike any other in the world.
Chengdu Moonbear Rescue Centre, China
This place is a testament to a great fight for animal rights, and there is no better place to see a whole heap of bears. For decades in China, Asiatic black bears have been factory farmed for their bile, which is said to have medicinal uses. However, when British national Jill Patterson found out about this, she began a tireless fight to free the bears. After a sustained and absolutely incredible effort, the Chinese government agreed in 2000 to release 500 bears, which now live in the Chengdu Moonbear Centre. Having lived in tiny cages for their entire life prior to being released, it is something to see these bears enjoying every bit of their newfound freedom.
Sepilok Orangutan Sanctuary, Borneo
Established back in 1964, this amazing sanctuary is set in one of the most beautiful places on earth, consisting of a virgin rainforest reserve that plays host to between 60 and 80 orangutans. You won’t get to touch the animals, but you are guaranteed to get a fantastic close-up look, with feeding time generally the highlight of the day around here. The orangutans are for the most part victims of illegal logging and the exotic pet industry. There is no shortage of fantastic resort accommodation nearby.
Boon Lott’s Elephant Sanctuary, Thailand
This incredible place is located in Sukhothai in northern Thailand and is a sanctuary for elephants that have been rescued from abuse and poor treatment. British national Katherine Connor set up this sanctuary after she spent time travelling across Asia and volunteering at an elephant hospital in Thailand. Guests can pay to stay at the sanctuary, where they are provided with an amazing opportunity to hang out with the elephants in a setting that is almost magical. You will also get a close-up look at the work of the sanctuary, as guests are expected to help out with general chores around the property, including gathering food from the jungle and making repairs to fences, gates or other structures.
Asia is unlike any other part of the world, and the animals are sure to leave a lasting impression on you. The sanctuaries remain the best way to check out the animals wherever you go in Asia, and all of them are well serviced by hotels and accommodation.