Florida is known for sunny skies, warm weather and sandy beaches, and people aren’t the only creatures attracted to such prime real estate. Exotic animals make Florida their home, from the Everglades to Sanibel Island, and wildlife professionals have created refuges, safaris and sanctuaries to showcase, treat and love our animal friends, both native and from around the globe.
Central Florida Zoo and Botanical Gardens
The Central Florida Zoo is home to more than 500 animals representing 205 different species, including domestic animals, reptiles and exotic mammals like giraffes and rhinos. In 2014, they welcomed a little buddy known as the fossa (pronounced fu-sa), an animal most closely related to the mongoose and civet, hailing from Madagascar.
Lion Country Safari
Florida’s only drive-through wildlife preserve has more than 900 animals from South America, Africa, India and other regions of the world. You’ll see tortoise, zebra, llamas and ostriches, and more exotic creatures like nyala and impala. The lions of Lion Country are kept separately from the rest of the animals in the Gorongosa Reserve.
McCarthy’s Wildlife Sanctuary
This non-profit sanctuary is dedicated to rehabilitating injured and orphaned wild animals, from squirrels and owls to bobcats and foxes. They also house 22 large cats. Visitors are required to make a reservation for a guided tour, and meet the 200 animals housed at McCarthy’s.
Zoological Wildlife Foundation
One of the top wildlife tours in Miami, the Zoological Wildlife Foundation is a five-acre zoo offering intimate guided tours where you get the chance to meet, interact and feed animals like camels, lemurs and toucans. You’ll see hundreds of animals on your tour, including the elusive liger. Reservations for tours are required.
Gulf World Marine Park
This park in Panama City is home to incredible sea creatures like dolphins, sea lions and sharks, and also hosts exhibits showcasing penguins, flamingos, sea turtles and more. Visitors also have the opportunity to swim with the dolphins, where your new dolphin best friend will tote you around and give you kisses.
Explore Eastern Europe and former Soviet-bloc countries with Freewheel Holidays self-guided cycling tours that allow you to see the region at your own pace while enjoying the great outdoors in Romania, the Czech Republic, Hungary and Poland.
We can see it now and remember when it happened to us: Watching as the black car icon loops around and around, seemingly endlessly, and our wait time on the rideshare app continually changes. Long wait times and confused drivers are just a few bothersome issues that can nag at rideshare users. Need a solution? Ditch rideshares altogether in favor of renting a car on your next trip.
Wales is often an overlooked country because it’s smaller than its neighbors and does not have as many popular landmarks and attractions to pull people in. However, the country is gorgeous and travelers who make the journey will be left breathless by the beauty of the landscape. It’s a green land with rolling hills and quaint towns. Wales is also home to many beautiful castles waiting to be visited.
ONCE THE FINAL MEETING WRAPS and the last contract is signed and sealed with a handshake, what’s next? Do you catch a flight back home or do you take advantage of the destination? If your next business trip is to Italy, we suggest adding a few more days to explore the country’s most amazing hot spots. Make time for more than a mouthwater- ing Italian meal in these three cities.
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