Monkeys in the Rainforest

Thursday, 18 September 2008

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Some of the best travel experiences are wildlife encounters and I’ve been lucky enough to have some classic ones – rhinos in Nepal, elephants in Africa, the Komodo dragons, turtles hatching out at Heron Island on the Great Barrier Reef, an amazing gorilla encounter in the Central African Republic.

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Check their enthusiastic keeper, Lucy Hawley explaining about her wildlife on YouTube.
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