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Beyond Seabiscuit: Animal-Loving Getaways

Horseback rides are no longer just on the beach—they’re going under water. A film by Jungles In Paris captures the action on Jamaica’s shore. Plus: 6 more creature-centric destinations

Care for Sea Turtles

The Maldives

Strike the perfect balance between self-indulgence and philanthropy at the Four Seasons hotels in Landaa Giraavaru and Kuda Hurra. Ten marine biologists assist guests in rescuing and releasing injured sea turtles, and Marine Discovery Centres educate on conservation. marinesavers.com 


Dart Some Rhinos

South Africa

Don’t be alarmed by the seemingly violent sound of “darting” a rhino. It’s actually a common (and safe) technique used by researchers to monitor and track the endangered species. At AndBeyond Phinda Private Game Reserve in South Africa, adrenaline junkies are invited to participate with veterinarians and conservationists.  andbeyond.com


Cuddle Lil Pandas


Luxury liner Crystal Cruises brings travelers ashore for a once-in-a-lifetime experience—cuddling baby pandas—at Chengdu’s Giant Panda Research Base. The nonprofit facility is world-renowned. crystalcruises.com


Photograph by Goh Iromoto

Dog Sled with Huskies via Chopper

Ontario, Canada

Get whisked away by a private helicopter to the middle of nowhere for a dog-sledding adventure led by a senior guide and a team of six Siberian Huskies. winterdance.com


Set Baby Turtles Free

Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

Participate in the release of endangered baby turtles at the lavish Capella Pegredal resort in Mexico. The hotel works with local organizations who rescue and care for hatchlings during incubation, then prepare them to be safely released. capellahotels.com


Photograph by Greg Snell

Walk Among Koalas

Kangaroo Island, Australia

South Australia’s Kangaroo Island is chock full of native wildlife (think kangaroos, seals and sea lions) but observing the local koala colonies on a guided walking tour is the area’s most endearing activity. exceptionalkangarooisland.com

– Lindsay Silberman



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