Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge, Cameron County Texas
This wildlife refuge is home to many rare animals, but none more exotic than the ocelot. Texas is the only state in the U.S. that is home to ocelots as the species is endangered and fewer than 1,500 wild and captive are alive. This haven for endangered animals sits in the Lower Rio Grande Valley of Texas and a trip here will showcase the tropical savannah found in the the southern United States.
Everglades National Park, South Florida
Everglades National Park is home to 27 different kinds of snakes, flamingos, the bottlenosed dolphin, alligators, crocodiles, the Florida panther, and many other exotic wild animals. This tropical savannah is one of the most unique ecosystems in the United States has a wide variety of views to experience with land and water tours as options.
Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado
Many North American animals call the Rocky Mountains their home like bighorn sheep, elk, beavers, eagles, wolves, and the endangered grizzly bear. Recent conservation efforts have helped reestablish the grizzly bear population in the Rocky Mountains, but there are still fewer than 1,500 in existence. A trip to the Rocky Mountains will showcase more than just wildlife; see the snowcapped peaks year round and get the full alpine tundra experience in the winter.
Now that you know you don't have to travel across the globe to see some of the world's most exotic wildlife, plan your next trip to one the these American national parks. And as always, don't forget to visit Low Valley Outfitters to gear up for your next adventure.