Bear is a wonderful creature in shape and nature. There are only eight species of bears living in the continents of South America, North America, Europe and Asia. Bears are physically robust and although their bulky body, they can run real fast. Some species are not so friendly to humans and capable of fatally attacking a person. But most of the time they try to avoid humans. According to IUCN, six bears are endangered. Some Bear Safaris have been created to save this vulnerable creature. These safaris will give you an opportunity to see these amazing animals in its wild nature. Today we enlist some of the best destinations for a Bear Safari.
10 Best Destinations for a Bear Safari:
10. Piatra Craiului Mountains
Romania has the largest bear population in Europe with about 4,500 bears. Many tourists come to visit bears in Romania. But bear watching or bear searching is not very easy in wild. Many tourists get frustrated. Piatra Craiului Mountains are a perfect place to go on a bear safari tour. Piatra Craiului Mountains are a mountain range in the Southern Carpathians. The whole mountain range is included in a national park. The most important town for visiting the national park is Zărneşti.
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9. Admiralty Island
Admiralty Island in Southeast Alaska is home to the highest density of brown bears in America. About 1,600 brown bears live in this island. The number is more than the entire lower 48 states and three times more than Admiralty’s human residents. Almost entire Admiralty Island is occupied by a protected wilderness area. The vegetation of rainforest vegetation provides ideal habitats for brown and bears and other animals such as eagles and deer.
8. Wrangel Island
Located well above the Arctic Circle, Wrangel Island is a mountainous island. The most recent survival of all known mammoth populations, Woolly mammoths survived here until 1700 BC. They were much smaller in size than typical mammoths due to limited food supply. In high Arctic, Wrangel Island has the highest level of biodiversity. The island is the world’s largest population of Pacific walrus and is the breeding ground of polar bear.
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7. Wolong National Nature Reserve
Wolong National Nature Reserve is located in Wenchuan County, Sichuan Province in central China. It is a protected area famous for housing highly endangered Panda. Beside 150 red panda, the reserve is also home for many other endangered animals like golden monkey, white-lipped deer. Panda is the most beautiful but also the most endangered bear among all species. The Wolong Panda Center is currently closed to the public due to the May 2008 earthquake. The giant pandas have been transferred to the sister Center.
6. Knight Inlet
Knight Inlet is situated in the southern section of the Great Bear Rainforest, which is between Vancouver Island and Southeast Alaska. The park contains some of British Columbia’s most popular Grizzly Bear safari destinations. This place is one of the few in the world where these solitary animals gather in large numbers normally. Bear viewing is conducted from two secure viewing stands overlooking a spawning channel during the autumn salmon run. It is very common to see half a dozen bears competing for the best fishing spots.
5. Kronotsky Nature Reserve
Reserved for the study of natural sciences, Kronotsky Nature Reserve is situated on the coast of the Kamchatka Peninsula. Here, bear safari tours are become increasingly popular. It is often called the Land of Ice and fire for its mix of geysers and volcanoes. Over 700 brown bears are found here. It is the home to some of the largest in the world that can grow to over 540 kg (1,200 pounds). In Kronotsky Reserve, you can often see the spectacular view of bears encountering each other at salmon streams in the park where they can socialize freely with each other.
4. Denali National Park
The Denali National Park and Preserve is one of the best destinations for bear safari. It is located in Interior Alaska and contains Mount McKinley, the highest mountain in North America. The national park is about 6 million acres. It is home to a healthy population of black bears and grizzly bears.
Wild blueberries and soap berries grow abundantly in this landscape providing the bears with the main part of their foods. Although the large concentration of bears in Denali, the accident of bear encounter is very rare. It is because the relentless efforts by rangers to educate visitors about preventative measures.
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3. Svalbard Polar Bear Safari
Svalbard is one of the best destinations for a polar bear safari. It is an archipelago located about midway between mainland Norway and the North Pole. Polar bears are one of the main tourist attractions in Svalbard. It is also the iconic symbol of Svalbard. Svalbard with Franz Joseph Land (a Russian archipelago in the east) has a population of 3,000 polar bears. The largest concentration of Polar bear in Svalbard are the islands of Kong Karls Land but are closed for visitors.
The nature of Polar bears is extremely unpredictable and is far more dangerous than European brown bears. It is compulsory to carry a riffle to anyone outside of a settlement as a last resort should a Polar Bear attack. Therefore, the bears can best be watched on an organized bear safari.
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2. Katmai National Park
Notable for the Valley of Ten Thousand Smokes and for its Alaskan brown bears , Katmai National Park and Preserve is a United States National Park and Preserve in southern Alaska. The Park is roughly the size of a Whale. Katmai is one of the best destinations for a brown bear safari. Over 2000 brown bears are in the park according to the most recent bear survey.
Bears are usually likely to gather at the Brooks Falls where they come to catch the salmon. Katmai Park’s rangers are extremely careful not to allow bears to obtain human food or get into confrontations with humans. So the bears are uniquely unafraid and showing no interest in humans. It will allow people to approach (and photograph) much more closely than bears elsewhere.
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Churchill is the best destination for a polar bear. It is a small town located on the shore of Hudson Bay in Canada. It is well-known as “Polar Bear Capital of the World”. Many polar bears move toward the shore from inland in the autumn. Here, Tourists can safely see polar bears from specially transformed buses known as tundra buggies. The perfect time to see polar bear is November while hundreds of polar bears wait on the vast peninsula until the water freezes on Hudson Bay so that they can return to hunt their main food source, ringed seals.