Where the Wild Things Are
When we think of where to see wildlife, we often think of national parks or even state parks. And while these publicly owned treasures are certainly a great way to gaze upon North America's wildest creatures, there are plenty of other destinations, near and far, where enthusiasts can check out animals of all species. And many of these guarantee a more immersive wildlife experience while also offering amenities that can make the trip more fun and family friendly. Here are safari parks, animal sanctuaries, wildlife centers and, yes, national and state parks and refuges in the U.S. and Canada, where you can get up close and personal with lions, tigers, bears, and much, much more.