If you’ve ever dreamed of spotting big cats or rare bears in the wild, then read on.
Here we provide a round-up of where to see some of the world’s most endangered species, with tourism to these areas helping to fund conservation efforts.
So whether it’s getting up close to a leopard out of the confines of a zoo or swimming alongside a loggerhead turtle in the sea, scroll down to see where you need to head…
1 Musk ox
Related to wild goats, musk ox can weigh nearly half a ton and run at 40mph
Where: Trondelag, Norway.
Related to wild goats, these big hairy beasts, can weigh nearly half a ton and run at 40mph. Some 200 musk oxen, reintroduced from North America, live in Dovrefjell-Sunndalsfjella National Park.
See them: Book a Musk Ox Safari from Oppdal, from £40pp, moskussafari.no. Rooms at Quality Hotel Skifer from £87, nordicchoicehotels.no. SAS Go flies to Trondheim via Oslo from £85 one-way, flysas.co.uk.
Where: Carmarthen, Wales.
The Bevis Trust and Wildlife Trust Wales want to get beavers released back into the wilds of Wales. From April, adults only can watch animals awaiting release enjoying their natural surroundings from a hide near Carmarthen.
See them: Beaver Experience £20pp, bevistrust.com. Stay at The Cawdor, Llandeilo, rooms from £95, thecawdor.com.
Famed for their huge eyes and cute appearance, tarsiers live in the Philippines
Where: Panglao Island, Philippines.
Famed for their huge eyes, these cute primates, live in the Philippines.
See them: A 22-night Wildlife Adventure, from £5,645pp, includes flights and a trip to Panglao Island, bambootravel.co.uk.
4 Polar bear
Where: Churchill, Canada.
See these magnificent creatures in October and November as they gather around Hudson Bay, waiting for ice to form so they can hunt seals.
See them: Tundra Lodge sits in the middle of bear habitat. Five-night, all-inclusive trips from £7,312pp, including flights from Winnipeg to Churchill; UK flights extra, discover-the-world.co.uk.
One trip to Borneo offers the chance to see orangutans during a remote Kinabatangan river cruise and at the Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre
This trip offers the chance to see them during a remote Kinabatangan river cruise and at the Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre.
See them: A 13-day Wild Borneo tour costs from £2,599pp, including flights, most meals and a tour manager, titantravel.co.uk.
6 African wild dog
Where: Mana Pools, Zimbabwe.
A chance to get up close to these handsome animals and other awesome wildlife by vehicle, on foot and by canoe.
See them: An eight-night, expert-led Wild Dogs & Elephants Photography trip, departing October 10, costs from £8,795pp, including seven nights’ full-board at Vundu Camp and flights, wildlifeworldwide.com.
Where: Kibale Forest National Park, Uganda.
Home to 13 species of primate, including a family of chimpanzees that visitors can watch feeding, grooming and nursing their young.
See them: A 12-day Uganda’s Unforgettable Wildlife trip costs from £4,995pp including most meals and flights, wildlifeworldwide.com.
8 Loggerhead turtle
Where: Ponta Preta Beach, Cape Verde.
Hatchlings are born from mid-August to December. Join a visit led by conversation group Project Biodiversity, projectbiodiversity.org.
In Sri Lanka’s Yala National Park visitors can get close to leopards
See them: Seven nights’ B&B at Hilton Cabo Verde Resort from £1,229pp, including flights, capeverde.co.uk.
Where: Kapiti Island, New Zealand.
See the fascinating creatures at this sanctuary for the prized native bird.
See them: A 19-night Green Kiwi Eco Self-Drive trip, from £4,313pp, includes a night at Kapiti Nature Lodge, car rental, excursions and flights, discover-the-world.co.uk.
Where: Yala National Park, Sri Lanka.
Get close to these magnificent big cats, in the wild.
See them: Shangri-La’s Hambantota Golf Resort & Spa is close to the park. A seven-night holiday including flights costs from £1,696pp, kuoni.co.uk.