Tiger cub by Andrew Moon.
In the words of Herman Melville in Moby-Dick, 'Oh, Time, Strength, Cash, and Patience!', enough of each one to visit all of the top wildlife destinations on Earth. Alas, there exists strength and patience but neither time nor cash permit such indulgence so, in order to make sure the trips that can be made are the best, I have long researched the Destinations, as well as the lists, on this website. Even the results of this research though, again in the words of Melville, are 'but a draught - nay, but the draught of a draught'.
I hope the results of my research presented on this website are good enough to be a guiding light to the best places on the planet for birds and other wildlife, places where, unlike many others, birds and other wildlife still thrive. I also hope the information encourages you to visit at least some of the destinations presented and helps you to plan and execute successful and enjoyable trips to them. In turn, your visits may help to ensure that the habitats at the destinations you visit are conserved for the birds and other wildlife they support.
I, Nigel Wheatley, the website's researcher and author, am also author of the following 'Where to watch' books which were published between 1994 and 2001. The missing, seventh, book, on North America, would have completed the world, but, despite researching and writing the book, it was, to cut a long story short and much to my dismay, never published.
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The research is ongoing. Since the last book was published in 2001 I have been to several more top destinations, including the extensive forests of Gabon; the mountains of Mexico where millions of Monarchs spend the northern winters; the forests of Uganda where two separate, truly wonderful hours were spent with Chimpanzees and Gorillas; through the Southern Ocean to the King Penguin colonies on South Georgia and on to awesome Antarctica; and, most recently, Papua New Guinea, to see the aptly-named birds-of-paradise, the most fantastic living things on Earth. We live in a beautiful world. Long may it be so.
Nigel Wheatley, February 2013
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Bio (pdf 256KB)
Many thanks to Lee Dingain for helping to build this website and to John Foster for helping to polish it.
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