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What's your Favourite Wild Animal?

23rd August 2012

To celebrate the Australian launch of Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted, we’re offering three family passes to a preview screening of this most anticipated film. Internationally, it’s been a hit with audiences and here at Escape Travel, we can’t wait to catch up with our old friends, Alex the lion, Marty the Zebra, Melman the giraffe and of course Gloria the hippo.

To enter the competition we’re asking everyone to answer a very simple question: In 25 words or less, if you could be a wild animal – what would you be and why?

To inspire your imagination, here are some animals we think are awesome – especially if you can observe them in their natural habitat.


The Cute Sloth

Galapagos Tortoise
Living to around 170 years, the galapagos tortoise sure has heaps of life experience. These magnificent creatures can be admired on the Galapagos Islands. They are the largest species of tortoise and weigh up to 400 kilograms. While you’re in the region, be sure to admire the sea lions, iguanas and the incredible array of birds.

What isn’t to love about the platypus – that cute beak coming up to the surface of the river before descending again. Our favourite place to see the platypus frolicking in the wild is at Eungella, just inland from Mackay. They’re most active around sunset. During the day be sure to hike through the various trails in the national park.

There’s just something about a sloth that appeals. Although their name indicates extreme laziness – they are probably a little misunderstood. In any case, seeing sloths in the jungles of central America is a special experience. Manual Antonio and Tortuguero in Costa Rica are great places to visit sloths.

Mountain Gorilla
The plight of the mountain gorilla was drawn to the world’s attention courtesy of the film Gorillas in the Mist. Thanks to local guides, enthusiasts can also admire these beautiful animals in the Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the Bwindi National Parks in Uganda or the Ruhengeri National Park in Rwanda.

Maybe it’s the leopard’s spots – but they’re such an attractive cat - so sleek, so slender. The Kruger National Park in South Africa is a terrific reserve to observe a multitude of African animals including the black rhinoceros, cheetahs, hippopotami and elephants amongst others.

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