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Man will always love their domestic pets but wild animals are such mysterious and majestic creatures that we cannot help but want to learn more about them. Sure, we can always head to the zoo if we want to know more about wild animals but nothing is more thrilling than watching them in their natural habitats.
Asia is a vast area that covers almost half of the earth and with an abundant of national parks and conservation areas in an attempt to rehabilitate some of these endangered species to reintroduce them into the wild, there is really no lack of places for animal lovers to get up close with wildlife.
However if you still cannot decide on where to go, we made things simpler with 7 Places In Asia To See Wild Animals Up Close.
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#1 DANUM VALLEY CONSERVATION AREA, MALAYSIA
Danum Valley is about 70km west of Lahad Datu, Sabah and is the largest untouched rainforest in Malaysia. Wildlife and vegetation over there are conserved for research and education purposes.
Wildlife species you may spot there are the Bornean orangutans, gibbons, leopards and over 270 bird species. Sign up for activities such as jungle tracks, river swimming and night excursions.
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#2 FOPING NATIONAL NATURE RESERVE, CHINA
Much effort has been made to prevent Giant Pandas from going extinct and we rejoice when we found out that they are no longer endangered! Visit these furry creatures at Foping National Nature Reserve in China, which is also known as the “Home of Pandas”.
The nature reserve lies in the middle of Qinling Mountains and offers many eco-tours for visitors. Besides watching wildlife such as Giant Pandas, Red Pandas and Golden Takins, you can also do mountaineering and hiking.
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#3 RANTHAMBORE NATIONAL PARK, INDIA
Previously a hunting ground, this place has long turned into one of India’s most visited wildlife conservation park, covering 400 square kilometres of land. Popular activities there include Tiger trails and Bird watching tours.
There have been sightings of tigers hunting in full view in front of visitors sitting in a canter or jeep. It takes three hours to reach Ranthambore National Park if you drive from Jaipur.
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#4 THE GUNUNG LEUSER NATIONAL PARK, INDONESIA
Touted as one of the richest tropical rainforest in Southeast Asia, Gunung Leuser National Park in Indonesia comprises a vast area of 7927 square kilometres. Visitors get to see endangered wild orangutans and other species such as elephants, rhinos, tigers, leopards and much more.
A journey to observe wildlife at this national park will prove to be an exiting one, as you will encounter river systems, volcanoes and lakes along the way.
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#5 WORAKSAN NATIONAL PARK, SOUTH KOREA
Located on Woraksan Mountains, the national park looks amazing during winter time with its snow covered scenery. Be warned that it can take some challenge to hike up the steep paths but you will be rewarded with an amazing view of the lakes below and a chance to explore a 13th-century fortress.
Woraksan National Park is home to thousands of mammal, reptile, plant and insect species.
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#6 XE PIAN NATIONAL PROTECTED AREA, LAOS
Trek through the wetlands of Xe Pian National Protected Area and witness wild species such as elephants, Sun bears, Asiatic black bears and the yellow-cheeked gibbons.
Take part in their ecotourism activities which provides support and job opportunities to the locals. Their range of activities include trekking through the forest or canoeing with a local guide.
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#7 YALA NATIONAL PARK, SRI LANKA
Yala National Park is the second largest and most visited park in Sri Lanka. Opt for a safari ride, as no visit to the national park is complete without seeing the wildlife animals in front of your very eyes.
One of the most exotic animals they have there is the Panthera pardus kotiya, a native leopard in Sri Lanka. The national park places much effort in conserving Sri Lankan elephants, leopards and aquatic birds.