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Dec 1st, 2007, 12:08 PM
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My favorites are those that have thus far eluded me -- aardvark and brown hyena, especially.

Of those I've seen:

Africa -- gorillas (in Uganda and Rwanda) and reticulated giraffes (seem almost perfect)

Asia -- Komodo dragons (I made the trip in 1997, while in Indonesia on business, and it remains a wildlife highlight) and orangutans in Borneo

North America -- tie between polar bears (at Churchill), grizzly bears (at Katmai) and enormous groups of monarch butterflies in their Mexican wintering grounds

Over Christmas, I will attempt to see sperm whales off the coast of NZ.

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Dec 1st, 2007, 12:40 PM
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I have had a lot of really memorable animal encounters in the last few years, but the African animal that I enjoyed the most were mountain gorillas in Rwanda and Uganda. I think, for me, it's the fact that they have such human expressions and mannerisms, observing them feels so much more personal. And they are so open to having people close to them, it feels really special and a great privilege to see them.

My favorite animal experience ever was snorkeling with humpback whales in Tonga. I don't know if I will ever top that for an awesome experience, I was dumbstruck by the power and grace of those whales.

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Dec 1st, 2007, 12:44 PM
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Chris, I'll be in Tonga at the end of the month, but I don't think its whale season -- in any event, I'll only be on the main island for a couple of days on my way to the two Samoas. I'll do some research to see if there may be any whale activities.
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Dec 1st, 2007, 02:42 PM
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I'm jealous Michael... always off far afield.

Well, I'm a giraffe girl, especially reticulated... always have been. But, that's not to say I'm not thrilled with cheetah, elephants, lion, leopards, warthogs, baboons and vervets, and, and.............. and, my recent sleeping partner, Paka the genet.
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Dec 1st, 2007, 03:58 PM
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Sorry, Michael, whale season in Tonga is June through October ... Have fun in Samoa!

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Dec 1st, 2007, 06:40 PM
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India: Gaur, Dhole(wild dog), Tiger, Peacock, Hawk Eagle

Africa: Cheetah, wild dog, giraffe, wattled crane, Batleur eagle
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Dec 1st, 2007, 06:44 PM
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Cats... big and small...
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Dec 1st, 2007, 07:01 PM
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I think I'm on the same page as Chris_GA_Atl with the mountain gorillas being at the top of my list. And I'm sure to those of you who know me, that comes as no surprise! ;-)

Then the big cats are a very close second,(it's hard to choose which one of the cats). But when I see the eles, they're right up there too. I just love the eles. Then when I see the hyenas, and their fascinating social interaction, they're right up there.
Then when I see, and hear, the hippos, it's such an all-that-is-Africa sound. Then the quiet intelligence of the cape buffalo mesmerizes me so they're up there too. And the smooth, sly moves of the croc. And all the plains animals and their young, the waterbuck, wildebeest, topi, tommmies, impala...so much fun to watch. The stripes of the zebra...knowing no two zebra are alike in pattern. The tall, regal giraffes, those cute little mongoose, the majestic fish and martial eagles...

OK...so maybe I can't narrow it down after the gorillas!
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Dec 1st, 2007, 07:07 PM
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tommmies=tommies...see how overly zealous I got about the critters!
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Dec 1st, 2007, 07:12 PM
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Aaack! I forgot to mention the baboons and vervets...and colobus...and hartebeest and jackal and ostrich...

Oops, I think my Amarula is doing the talking now while I sit here looking out of my window at my foxes and raccoons. Enough already! ;-)
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Dec 2nd, 2007, 03:10 AM
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Saddle-back Tamarin (Manu, Peru);
Gray Whales (San Ignacio lagoon, Mexico); Galago (Tanzania)
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Dec 2nd, 2007, 03:19 AM
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Hi! I really love all the cats, big and small...cheetahs and lions are both wonderful. I'd really, really like to see a leopard as something more than a spot in the distance...hopefully next year at Mala Mala!

I've never seen any of the small cats but hopefully I will see them next year as we are booked at Savuti and it seems to be a good camp for small cats. The serval is so beautiful!

Seeing moms and babies of any species together is also really special for me!

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