Best wildlife travel photos – Images of wild animals

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Updated May 6, 2017 / João Leitão / 43 Comments / Filed in: / Reading time 6 minutes
Best wildlife travel photos - Images of wild animals

Best wildlife travel photos – Images of wild animals

Animals are amazing.

Wild and Beautiful.

Everyone loves animal photos and wildlife pictures, so on this page, I assemble a few photos of the Best Wildlife images I made during my travels.

NOTE: All these wildlife photos were never taken inside a zoo. All the animal photos on this page were either shot at an animal rescue center, animal orphanage or just in the wild – in their natural habitat. I discourage and do not approve the commercial use of animals for shows and entertaining performances.

I will update this page with more photos very soon. I hope you enjoy.

Atlantic Puffin

Adorable Atlantic puffin in Latrabjarg Iceland

Atlantic Puffin – Iceland Wildlife

📷 Photo of Adorable Atlantic PUFFIN in Latrabjarg, Iceland.

Leopard Seal

Leopard Seal Smiling in Antarctica

Leopard Seal – Antarctica Wildlife

📷 Photo of LEOPARD SEAL smiling in Antarctica.

Zebra

Zebra in South Africa

Zebra – South Africa Wildlife

📷 Photo of ZEBRA in South Africa.

Magellanic Penguin

Magellanic Penguin Face Bad Ass looking, Argentina

Magellanic Penguin – Argentina Wildlife

📷 Photo of MAGELLANIC PENGUIN – bad ass looking face, Argentina.

Sea Lion

SO Cute little Baby Sea Lion in Galapagos

Sea Lion – Galapagos Wildlife

📷 Photo of cute little baby SEA LION in Galapagos, Ecuador.

Panda

Fluffy Panda in China

Panda – China Wildlife

📷 Photo of fluffy PANDA, China.

Puma

Orphan Puma or Cougar in animal rescue center in the Brazilian Amazon Forest

Puma – Brazil Wildlife

📷 Photo of orphan PUMA or COUGAR in an animal rescue center in the Brazilian Amazon Forest.

Nazca Booby

Baby Nazca Booby in Galapagos Ecuador

Nazca Booby – Galapagos Wildlife

📷 Photo of baby NAZCA BOOBY in Galapagos, Ecuador.

Lama

Baby Lama in the Andes Mountains of Ecuador

Lama -Ecuador Wildlife

Baby LAMA in the Andes Mountains, Ecuador.

Marine Iguana

Iguana in Galapagos Islands, Ecuador

Marine Iguana – Ecuador Wildlife

📷 Photo of MARINE IGUANA in Galapagos Islands, Ecuador.

Green Tree Frog

Green Tree Frog in Pueblo de los Muertos Peru

Green Tree Frog – Peru Wildlife

📷 Photo of GREEN TREE FROG in Pueblo de los Muertos, Peru.

Rose Breasted Cockatoo

Galah or Rose Breasted Cockatoo in Canberra Australia

Rose Breasted Cockatoo – Australia Wildlife

📷 Photo of GALAH or ROSE BREASTED COCKATOO in Canberra, Australia.

Magellanic Penguin

Curious Magellanic Penguin in south Argentina

Magellanic Penguin – Argentina Wildlife

📷 Photo of curious MAGELLANIC PENGUIN, Argentina.

Fennec Fox

Fennec Fox from Sahara Desert

Fennec Fox – Morocco Wildlife

📷 Photo of FENNEC FOX from Sahara Desert, Morocco.

Scarlet Macaw

Beautiful Scarlet Macaw in Honduras

Scarlet Macaw – Honduras Wildlife

📷 Photo of beautiful SCARLET MACAW, Honduras.

Galapagos Green Turtle

Galapagos Green Turtle Ecuador

Galapagos Green Turtle – Ecuador Wildlife

📷 Photo of GALAPAGOS GREEN TURTLE searching for food, Ecuador.

Sea Lion

Sea Lion swimming in Galapagos

Sea Lion – Galapagos Wildlife

📷 Photo of SEA LION swimming in Galapagos Islands, Ecuador.

Nazca Boobies

Nazca Boobies in Galapagos Ecuador

Nazca Boobies – Galapagos Ecuador Wildlife

📷 Photo of NAZCA BOOBIES in Galapagos, Ecuador.

Yellow Land Iguana

Yellow Land Iguana in Galapagos

Yellow Land Iguana – Galapagos Wildlife

📷 Photo of yellow LAND IGUANA in Galapagos, Ecuador.

Scottish Cow

Hairy Scottish Cow in Australia

Scottish Cow – Australia Wildlife

📷 Photo of hairy SCOTTISH COW in Australia.

Sea Lion

 Sea Lion sleeping in Galapagos Wildlife

Sea Lion – Galapagos Wildlife

📷 Photo of SEA LION sleeping in Galapagos, Ecuador.

Blue Footed Booby

Blue Footed Booby in Galapagos Ecuador

Blue Footed Booby – Galapagos Wildlife

📷 Photo of BLUE FOOTED BOOBY in Galapagos, Ecuador.

Peacock

Gorgeous Peacock in Australia

Peacock – Australia Wildlife

📷 Photo of gorgeous PEACOCK in Australia.

Australian King Parrot

Australian King Parrot in Australia

Australian King Parrot – Australia Wildlife

📷 Photo of AUSTRALIA KING PARROT in Australia.

Kangaroo

Baby Kangaroo in Australia

Kangaroo – Australia Wildlife

📷 Photo of baby KANGAROO in Australia.

Bald Uakari

Bald Uakari or Red Face Monkey in Amazon Peru

Red Face Monkey – Peru Wildlife

📷 Photo of BALD UAKARI or RED FACE MONKEY in the Amazon, Peru.

Ocelot

Wounded Ocelot being treated in Animal Sanctuary in Peru

Ocelot – Peru Wildlife

📷 Photo of wounded OCELOT being treated in an Animal Sanctuary and rescue center, Peru.

Anteater

Anteater in Peruvian Amazon Forest

Anteater – Peru Wildlife

📷 Photo of ANTEATER in Peruvian Amazon Forest, Peru.

Manatee

Orphan Baby Manatee in Amazon animal orphanage Peru

Manatee – Peru Wildlife

📷 Photo of orphan baby MANATEE in an Amazon animal orphanage, Peru

Capybara

Lonely Capybara in Peru

Capybara – Peru Wildlife

📷 Photo of a lonely CAPYBARA, Peru.

Sea Lion

Sea Lion in Ballestas Islands Peru

Sea Lion – Peru Wildlife

📷 Photo of SEA LION in Ballestas Islands, Peru.

Hummingbird

Amazing Hummingbird in Cocora Valley Colombia

Hummingbird – Colombia Wildlife

📷 Photo of amazing HUMMINGBIRD in Cocora Valley, Colombia.

Tarantula

Tarantula Spider in Andes Mountains of Peru

Tarantula – Peru Wildlife

📷 Photo of TARANTULA spider in the Andes Mountains, Peru.

Leatherback Sea Turtle

Leatherback Sea Turtle on the beach in Cayenne French Guiana

Leatherback Sea Turtle – French Guiana Wildlife

Photo of LEATHERBACK SEA TURTLE on the beach in Cayenne, French Guiana.

Lamas

Baby and Mother Lama in Quilotoa crater lake Ecuador

Lamas – Ecuador Wildlife

📷 Photo of baby and mother LAMA in Quilotoa crater lake, Ecuador.

White Salt Flat Lizard

White Salt Flat Lizard in Atacama Desert Chile

Salt Flat Lizard – Chile Wildlife

📷 Photo of WHITE SALT FLAT LIZARD in the Atacama Desert, Chile.

Pink Flamingos

Pink Flamingos in Atacama Desert Chile

Pink Flamingos – Chile Wildlife

📷 Photo of PINK FLAMINGOS in the Atacama Desert, Chile.

Capybaras

Capybaras family in south Brazil

Capybaras – Brazil Wildlife

📷 Photo of CAPYBARAS family in the wild, south Brazil.

Hyacinth Macaw

Wounded Blue Hyacinth Macaw in Animal Rescue Center in Brazil

Hyacinth Macaw – Brazil Wildlife

📷 Photo of wounded blue HYACINTH MACAW in an Animal rescue center, Brazil.

White Whiskered Spider Monkey

 Endangered White Whiskered Spider Monkey in Amazon rescue animal center in Brazil

White Whiskered Spider Monkey – Brazil Wildlife

📷 Photo of endangered WHITE WHISKERED SPIDER MONKEY in an Amazon rescue animal center, Brazil.

Orange Winged Amazon Parrot

Orange Winged Amazon Parrot in Brazil

Orange Winged Amazon Parrot – Brazil Wildlife

📷 Photo of ORANGE WINGED AMAZON PARROT, Brazil.

King Penguins and Fox

Fox trying to hunt a King Penguin in Tierra del Fuego Chile

Fox and King Penguins – Chile Wildlife

📷 Photo of FOX trying to hunt a KING PENGUIN in Tierra del Fuego, Chile.

King Penguins in Tierra del Fuego, Chile

King Penguins – Chile Wildlife

📷 Photo of KING PENGUINS in Tierra del Fuego, Chile.

Penguin Colony

Penguin Colony in Valdes Peninsula Argentina

Penguin Colony – Valdes Peninsula Wildlife

📷 Photo of A PENGUIN Colony in Valdes Peninsula, Argentina.

Elephant Seals

Elephant Seals fighting in Valdes Peninsula Argentina

Elephant Seals – Valdes Peninsula Wildlife

📷 Photo of ELEPHANT SEALS fighting in Valdes Peninsula, Argentina.

Marine Iguana

Marine Iguana face detail in Galapagos Ecuador

Marine Iguana – Ecuador Wildlife

📷 Photo of MARINE IGUANA face detail in Galapagos, Ecuador.

Sea Lions

Sea Lions in Valdes Peninsula Argentina

Sea Lions – Valdes Peninsula Wildlife

📷 Photo of SEA LIONS in Valdes Peninsula, Argentina.

Red Footed Booby

Red Footed Booby in Galapagos Ecuador

Red Footed Booby – Galapagos Wildlife

📷 Photo of RED-FOOTED BOOBY in Galapagos, Ecuador.

Armadillo

Hungry Armadillo in Valdes Peninsula Argentina

Armadillo – Valdes Peninsula Wildlife

📷 Photo of hungry ARMADILLO in Valdes Peninsula, Argentina.

Lizard

Lizard in Valdes Peninsula Argentina

Lizard – Valdes Peninsula Wildlife

📷 Photo of LIZARD in Valdes Peninsula, Argentina.

Flamingos

Flamingos flying in Patagonia Argentina

Flamingos – Patagonia Wildlife

📷 Photo of FLAMINGOS flying in Patagonia, Argentina.

Eagle

Eagle in Patagonia Argentina

Eagle – Patagonia Wildlife

📷 Photo of EAGLE in Patagonia, Argentina.

Magellanic Penguins

Magellanic Penguins, Two Babies and Mother in Patagonia Argentina

Magellanic Penguins – Patagonia Wildlife

📷 Photo of MAGELLANIC PENGUINS, two Babies, and mother in Patagonia, Argentina.

Seal

Seal looking curious in Antarctica

Seal – Antarctica Wildlife

📷 Photo of SEAL looking curious, Antarctica.

Adelie Penguins

Adelie Penguins in Antarctica

Adelie Penguins – Antarctica Wildlife

📷 Photo of ADELIE PENGUINS, Antarctica.

Blue Yellow Macaw

Wounded Blue Yellow Macaw in Animal Rescue Center in Brazil

Blue Yellow Macaw – Brazil Wildlife

📷 Photo of wounded BLUE YELLOW MACAW in an Animal Rescue Center, Brazil.

Gentoo Penguins

Cute little Gentoo Penguins in Antarctica

Gentoo Penguins – Antarctica Wildlife

📷 Photo of cute little GENTOO PENGUINS in Antarctica.

Fur Seals

Fur Seals Fight in Antarctica

Fur Seals – Antarctica Wildlife

📷 Photo of FUR SEALS fighting on top of ice block in Antarctica.

Weddell Seal

Weddell Seal sleeping in Antarctica

Weddell Seal – Antarctica Wildlife

📷 Photo of WEDDELL SEAL sleeping in Antarctica.

Gentoo Penguins

Gentoo Penguins coming out from the water after fishing in Antarctica

Gentoo Penguins – Antarctica Wildlife

📷 Photo of GENTOO PENGUINS coming out from the water after fishing in Antarctica.

Elephant

Elephant Baby playing in Nairoby Kenya

Baby elephant playing in Nairoby Kenya

📷 Photo of orphan baby ELEPHANT playing in Nairobi Kenya.

Chinstrap Penguin

Chinstrap Penguin from Antarctica face detail

Chinstrap Penguin – Antarctica Wildlife

📷 Photo of CHINSTRAP PENGUIN face detail, Antarctica.

Brown Pelican

Brown Pelican from Galapagos on top of a tree

Brown Pelican – Galapagos Wildlife

📷 Photo of BROWN PELICAN on top of a tree in Galapagos, Ecuador.

Marine Iguana

Iguana getting some Sun on the beach in Galapagos Islands, Ecuador

Marine Iguana – Galapagos Wildlife

📷 Photo of MARINE IGUANA getting some Sun on the beach in Galapagos Islands, Ecuador.

Jaguar

Jaguar in Peru

Jaguar – Peru Wildlife

📷 Photo of JAGUAR sleeping after being saved from poachers, Peru.

Sea Lion

Adorable Baby Sea Lion covered with sand in Galapagos

Sea Lion- Galapagos Wildlife

📷 Photo of Adorable Baby SEA LION covered with sand in Galapagos, Ecuador.

Fox

Fox in Tierra del Fuego Chile

Fox – Chile Wildlife

📷 Photo of FOX in Tierra del Fuego, Chile.

Marine Iguana

Iguana family in Galapagos Islands, Ecuador

Marine Iguana – Ecuador Wildlife

📷 Photo of MARINE IGUANA family on the beach in Galapagos Islands, Ecuador.

Magellanic Penguin

Magellanic Penguin in south Argentina

Magellanic Penguin – Patagonia Wildlife

📷 Photo of MAGELLANIC PENGUIN in Patagonia, southern Argentina.

Warthog

Warthog in Niokolo-Koba National Park Senegal

Warthog – Senegal Wildlife

📷 Photo of WARTHOG in Niokolo-Koba National Park, Senegal.

Leopard Seal

Leopard Seal opens its 180º killer mouth in Antarctica

Leopard Seal – Antarctica Wildlife

📷 Photo of LEOPARD SEAL with an 180º killer jaw, Antarctica.

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What an awesome collection of images. That lama is looking right at you! So cool to see wildlife in their natural habitat.

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Awesome images.. Where did you get this images?

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hello Afzal. they are all my photos. thanks

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It’s our dream to see these animals, the Fennec Fox is so cute! Thanks for sharing your amazing captures!

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A fabulous collection of wildlife photos! I love the look on that leopard seal’s face. And that’s a good close up of the macaw.

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All of the images contained some magic, with the manatee in Peru perhaps my favorite.

Thanks for the compilation!
Carl Kruse

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What incredible photos. It is so incredible seeing animals in their natural habitat! 🙂

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Beautiful pictures! I love wildlife photography as well, but you are so lucky to have seen so many different animals and not in captivity! Loved the fennec fox – never seen one before!

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Amazing Post as well as pics

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Awesome Photography Joao. Every pic is unique and beautiful. Great work Man! I like Peacock most , beautifully captured at the right movement.

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Thanks again for your friendly comment Hitesh. Happy new year!

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What an awesome post!

I’m starting a photography course in a couple of weeks, hoping to get some great shots. Really inspiring to see all these great pics.

Thanks

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What an amazing world of animals…loved every picture

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Amazing photos, the penguins and the seals are my fav’s.

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Oh my these photos are just so beautiful and I see you have taken some in my new homeland, Australia. To have seen just some of these birds and animals would be incredible but to have the chance to photograph them is just so much more. Love them all but would especially wish to add the blue footed booby to our birding life-list or see a leopard seal in the wild. WOW!!

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I love wildlife photography but I don’t think I have the patience to do it! Beautiful shots! I especially love the Lamas!

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Wow, those are some incredible pics. Amazing how many are from Antarctica and the Galapagos. Just incredibly rich areas for wildlife and way at the top of my must get to list! What type of lens do you use for those close ups? You couldn’t actually be that close to them could you?

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Incredible photos here! I love the iguanas and those Puma eyes are stunning. Big cats are beautiful especially in the wild. Penguins are another animal I’d love to watch in their habitat. Great post, thanks for sharing!

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They are ALL so beautiful, but the peacock and the panda are my favorites. The only animal I did not enjoy seeing during my travels is the coati in Argentina that attacked me and stole my lunch 🙂

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Stunning picture!
And really liked your comment about the animals. I´m with you, I dislike any type of commercial use of animals , let´s keep them in the wild 🙂
All the best,
Nat

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Thank you Natalie! I’m glad you like it! Bon voyage!

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awwww… they all are so cute! 🙂 especially the lamas and the panda! btw, which camera do you use?

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Thanks for your comment. Most of these pics were taken with a point and shoot digital camera, the Sony DSC-RX100 20.2 MP. I used to travel with a big SLR + 2 lenses but after 10 years of doing so, I gave up. I prefer packing light. I also love the llamas and the panda!

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These pictures are absolutely beautiful – I think my favourite is the baby sea lion. Really gorgeous stuff. They make me want to see them so badly!

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Indeed the baby sea lion is the cutest!! I just wanted to hug him – but rules goes on NO touching. I controlled myself… Thank you Sarah.

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Love, love, love these photos. I adore the one of the joey and mother kangaroo and that’s not just because I’m Australian. I’m amazed you got most of these with a point and shoot – I’ve also got Sony, so I need to get out practicing!

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Hello Jo! Australia is an amazing country. Unfortunately I only stayed 15 days, so I have to come back and travel some more. Its huge and so much to offer – I don’t even know where to start. I loved being able to spot kangaroos. They are amazing animals! Thanks!

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While your article is packed with beautiful shots of the most exotic animals this planet has to offer, I believe the photo of the Scottish Cow wins for ranking so high on the cute scale. So much personality! I am also in love with all the penguin photos. Great work. You are an incredible photographer!

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OMG I totally agree with you! The Scottish Cow is for sure the one with more personality! Actually much more than many people I know haha. Cheers!

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Wow. Awsome. Did you capture all these animals yourself in wild? Superb.

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Hey there! YES of course I got them by myself! I love animals! thanks for your comment! Have a nice weekend.

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Amazing pictures! I will share this post with a friend of mine who challenged me to post pictures of funny and beautiful animals!!

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Thank you for your comment Claudia! AH! please do share it with your friend! Happy travels!

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STUNNING photos João. And I love how they were all taken in the animals’ natural habitats. Like you, I can no longer stand seeing animals in captivity. I used to love going to zoos, making it a point to visit at least one on every trip. But I slowly realized that captivity in any form is wrong. I’m glad I did.

Nothing beats seeing animals in their natural habitat like this. Thanks so much for sharing and championing the cause. 🙂

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hy guys! thank you for leaving your comment. You do make a good point there, why go to zoos anyway right? I actually never included zoos on stuff to visit on my travels. Since kid I can’t bare it. Happy travels!

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Absolutely beautiful photos! It’s not everyday you get to see such intimate photos with creatures in their natural habitat like this. I hope you do photosets like this in the future!

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Hello again Jordan, I’m very happy you like this set of photos. Indeed such close contact with animals makes us understand Nature much better. Greetings from Morocco.

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Amazing photos!! Which camera do you use?

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thanks Janine! well, most of these pics were taken with a point and shoot digital camera, the Sony DSC-RX100 20.2 MP. I used to travel with a big SLR + 2 lenses but after 10 years of doing so, I gave up. I prefer packing light. This is one of the best compact lenses in the market. I just visited your blog, very nice adventures! I like the concept! big hug from Ouarzazate!

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Fotos incríveis, João!!!! Já as tinha visto no iPhone, mas aqui no pc é outra loiça!!!!!
Congratulations, Special One!!!

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Clara amiga muito obrigado. Mais uma vez fico contente que gostes do que “faço” e que me apoies sempre. Beijinhos desde Abu Dhabi!

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