In a world where bucket list activities and once-in-a-lifetime experiences are more possible than ever before, it is the wilds of the natural kingdom and its majestic and often eccentric inhabitants that fuel the wanderlust of travellers. African safaris might have long lured early explorers to witness first hand lions and elephants, giraffes and rhinoceros, but today the opportunities to see animals in their natural environments spans the globe far beyond the king of the jungle.

This book combines the desire for ever more adventurous activities with our long-standing passion for wildlife, all the while infused with responsible travel themes and conservation topics. From tracking jaguars in Brazil to snorkelling with whale sharks in Honduras, and from hiking in Transylvania’s Carpathian Mountains in search of European brown bears to cruising the Azores to spot blue whales, the opportunities are boundless and alluring. 100 carefully chosen destinations will take readers on a journey across oceans and polar ice caps, rainforests and mountain peaks in search of the most astounding creatures on the planet.

In each destination an adventure awaits, from intrepid expeditions to family-friendly tours – some are organised, others undertaken independently. Some will breathe new inspiration into well-trodden destinations and their famous inhabitants (a multi-day horse-riding trip across Yellowstone National Park in search of bison herds, for example) while others will be surprising and thought-provoking, such as a photography tour to track Finland’s elusive wolverines.