Are you crazy for the animal kingdom, a fur-ball fanatic, or an undersea adventurer? If you love animals, but hate that the only ones you generally see on vacation are limited to guys dressed like Mickey and Pluto at Disneyland, then you're about to get some good news. This list features all of the best vacation spots for animal lovers from all over the world! Whether you want to cuddle with cows in California or volunteer with elephants in Africa, we’ve got you covered with the coolest animal islands, fur-ball-loving festivals, and four-legged fun the planet’s got to offer.
Toss out those theme park pamphlets and scroll down to learn how you can spend your next vacation meeting little known creatures or even volunteering with some of the most gorgeous endangered species on the planet. Whether you’d love to swim with sharks or work hands on with giant pandas in China, there are plenty of fellow animal lovers in the world that would love to help you do it and we’re here to help you get you in touch with them. Here you’ll find not only fun and festive annual events that honor the furry, but some incredible non-profit organizations around the world who always welcome volunteers to give love to the animals they work so hard to save.So why not consider making your next vacation one you’ll remember for a lifetime? Whether these animal islands, critter getaways, and vacation spots for animal lovers lead you to a place where you can make friends with monkeys or make a difference in the life of a cheetah, one thing’s for sure: they’ll all leave you with memories you’ll cherish for a lifetime.
Make Friends with Manatees in Florida
Chill with a Cheetah at South Africa's Cheetah Outreach
Meet This Adorable Creature Is at the Phillipine Tarsier and Wildlife Santuary
This adorable, Gremlin looking little dude is called a tarsier and if you're ever in the Philippines, you can meet him up close and personal at the Philippine Tarsier and Wildlife Sanctuary in Corella.Native only to the Philippines, the tiny primates are incredibly shy, so staff are constantly on hand at the Sanctuary to guide guests along tours, which they make sure to keep respectfully quiet and incredibly gentle. Along the route you'll see the adorable little dudes enjoying their large, free-roaming environment, set up to make them feel right at home.