For many of us, escapades to other parts of the world are a chance to see wildlife up close and personal. Swimming with dolphins, birdwatching in jungles, releasing baby sea turtles to the sea — these are all wonderful ways to connect with nature.
But have you ever thought about taking the experience further by going big?
Here, we’ve rounded up some of the largest animals on Earth that you can greet during your future travels. Our beastly honorees cover every category: the largest mammals on the planet; the heaviest animals that roam the plains and prairies, jungles and swamps; the longest reptiles ever viewed in the wild; the biggest, fiercest predators of the sea.
Do you have what it takes to see these beasts of the wild up close?