There's a wild world out there waiting to be discovered, and Online Vacation Center is here to help you see it. Learn something new about some of our favorite animal species. Then find a cruise where you can see them in 2021 or beyond!
One of the most famous marsupials, koalas spend the majority of their days sleeping (up to 22 hours!). With their diet primarily consisting of eucalyptus leaves, these tree-climbing animals live in the forests in southeastern and eastern Australia.
Panama contains approximately 10% of the world’s known birds, including 8 species of toucan, 5 species of macaw and 59 species of hummingbird. Perhaps the most iconic bird of the tropics is the toucan, with its vibrant colors and noisy squawk.
The Caribbean is home to four out of seven sea turtle species: loggerhead, green, leatherback and hawksbill. There are dozens of locations throughout the Caribbean where these gentle reptiles can be spotted during an excursion.
One of the rarest marine mammals in the U.S., the monk seal is usually seen alone or in small groups. Found in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands, the locals refer to these large creatures as "Ilio holo I ka uaua," which translates to "dog that runs in rough waters."
The Indian Elephant is a subspecies of the Asian Elephant, which is smaller than its African relative. Elephants are an integral part of Indian culture; for example, Ganesha, or Ganesh, is an elephant-headed deity worshipped in Hinduism. This species can be found in India, Nepal, Sri Lanka and parts of Southeast Asia.
One of the most iconic animals in Africa and one of the famous "Big 5," the lion is the only feline species that lives in groups. Found throughout Sub-Saharan Africa, you can spot these majestic animals on a pre- or post-cruise safari in South Africa.
Known as the European Eagle-owl, Eurasian Eagle-owl and Bubo Bubo, this owl has a wingspan of up to 6 feet, making it one of the largest owls in the world. Noted for their fiery orange eyes, they can be found throughout Europe—from the forests of Scandinavia to the seaside cliffs of the Mediterranean.
The largest of any deer, the elusive moose can reach 7 feet and 1,800 pounds. Despite their large size, these mammals spend their days near lakes and rivers in Northern United States and Canada, swimming and feeding on aquatic plants.
The American Grizzly Bear is a subspecies of the brown bear, and their fur can range from blonde to dark brown. Munching on an omnivorous diet including salmon and berries, these large bears can weigh upwards of 800 pounds, with coastal bears being larger than inland bears.
These adorable, flightless birds live exclusively in the Southern Hemisphere and thrive along the coasts of South America and Antarctica. During your cruise to Antarctica, you'll have to opportunity to spot various types of penguins, including the Rockhopper Penguin, Magellanic Penguin, Macaroni Penguin and more.
Genghis Khan and his army famously rode this ancient breed of horse. Small, but tough, they are a central part of Mongolian culture and the last known breed of truly "wild" horse. Today, there is still a healthy population of wild horses, and nomadic Mongols domesticate them for transportation and milk.
Puffins, also known as sea parrots, are small birds that spend most of their time either swimming at sea or resting on beaches. Known for their grey cheeks and black crowns, the Atlantic puffin can be found off the coast of Iceland from early April to September.
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