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Gibbons, wild Asian Elephants, and porcupines in Khao Yai National Park, Thailand

Thursday, March 16th, 2017

Tourists take trips to Yellowstone National Park in the United States for exciting encounters with wildlife, to African parks such as Serengeti, Masai Mara, and Kruger for incredible safaris, and to Khao Yai in Thailand to see large Asian mammals.

Only a two hour drive from massive and congested Bangkok, residents of the Thai capital do weekend trips to Khao Yai to see wildlife and get back in touch with nature. The tropical forests and grasslands of this national park cover a large enough area to provide forage and shelter for such big, charismatic fauna as Asian Elephants, Sambar Deer, Gaur (a rare, wild, Asian Ox), two species of bears, Gibbons, Macaques, and even a few Tigers.

Because much of the park is dense, tropical forest, the large animals of Khao Yai aren’t as easy to see as mammals in parks with wide open plains, but they are seen often enough to make this the most popular and heavily visited park in Thailand. This turns the campgrounds into veritable Thai jamborees each and every weekend but that doesn’t seem to reduce sightings of wild (and dangerous) Asian Elephants, semi tame and larcenous Lion-tailed Macaques, long-armed gibbons that hoot from the trees, massive, prehistoric-looking Great Hornbills (kind of like a giant, bizarre, old-world toucan), and plenty of beautiful Sambar Deer.

Visitors to the park who explore with an experienced, local guide are likely to see even more, especially if they go searching for animals at night. Tigers are pretty rare and avoid the limelight but elephants are just too big to hide. Other than the macaques and a variety of exotic, tropical Asian birds, some of the easiest animals to see are the large porcupines that visit the campgrounds at night. Covered in long quills that they rattle while walking among the tents, it can be disconcerting to see one of these dog-sized creatures stumbling around while walking to the restrooms but as long as you keep your distance, hopefully they will too (at least they aren’t carnivorous).

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Creole Nature Trail has flora, fauna and some surprises!

Monday, March 6th, 2017

Creole Nature Trail Alligator

If you thought Louisiana is all about alligators, marshes and excellent Creole cuisine, you are absolutely right. But have you ever jumped in and explored all that this place in the heart of America has to offer? Then it’s time to grab your hat, sunscreen and fishing pole and explore the Creole Nature Trail.

The Creole Nature Trail All-American Road winds through the wetlands, wildlife refuges and marshes that Louisiana is famous for while introducing you to the unique splendor of the area. Take the kids along on a family adventure as you hike, fish, stroll, crab or whatever suits your fancy. Or take it all in behind the lens of a camera and capture those memories.

This eco-adventure will allow you to experience newly refurbished exhibits and a driving trail at the Cameron Prairie National Wildlife Refuge. Check out the wildlife from a paved trail on the Wetland Walkway and Blue Goose Trail at the Sabine National Wildlife Refuge. And of course, there is an abundance of redfish, flounder and speckled trout in Southwest Louisiana if you feel like a little fishing.

Ever come eye to eye with a toothy alligator’s smiling face? Here’s your chance. Louisiana is home to the second largest alligator population in the U.S. and on the Creole Nature Trail you can see them basking in the sun or rambling along the side of the trail into the canal. Little too wild for your nature? The trail also boasts seven natural beaches along 26 miles of undeveloped Gulf Coast.

Visiting the Creole Nature Trail will have you feeling like you are miles away from home yet all the conveniences of home, like stores, restaurants, and groceries, are nearby in the small community of Cameron. Start your adventure and get away from it all by visiting the Creole Nature Trail website.

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