Travel theme: Animals

Yesterday was World Animal Day, an international celebration of all the amazing creatures we share this planet with. It was conceived in 1931 at an ecology convention in Florence, with October 4th chosen as the date because it coincided with the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals.

I don’t think a single day is enough to celebrate the animal kingdom, so let’s make it a week-long celebration here on Where’s my backpack? Here are a few endearing creatures I’ve met on my travels.

black squirrel van cortland park

raccoon central park

wood duck central park

buffalo badlands north dakota theodore roosevelt national park

elk yellowstone national park wyoming world animal day

If you’d like to join in, here’s what to do:

  • Create your own post about animals and title it Travel Theme: Animals
  • Include a link to this page in your post so others can find it too
  • Don’t forget to subscribe to keep up to date on the latest weekly travel themes.

It doesn’t have to be about wildlife; you can write an ode to your neighbour’s moggy if you like! I can’t wait to see what you come up with.

Give me a high-five paw!



About ailsapm

Hi there! I’m Ailsa Prideaux-Mooney. I’ve lived in many places, and travelled to many more. I had a lot of fun getting there and being there, wherever there happened to be at the time. I climbed a castle wall in Czesky Krumlov, abseiled down cliffs to go caving in the west of Ireland, slept on the beach in Paros, got chased by a swarm of bees in Vourvourou (ok that wasn’t fun, but it was exciting), learned flower arranging in Tokyo, found myself in the middle of a riot in Seoul, learned to snowboard in Salzburg, got lost in a labyrinth in Budapest and had my ice cream stolen by a gull in Cornwall. And I’m just getting started. If you’ve enjoyed what you’ve read so far, I’d love you to follow my travelogue - - and remember, anyone who tries to tell you it’s a small world hasn’t tried to see it all.
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396 Responses to Travel theme: Animals

  1. poppytump says:

    High 5 Paw Ailsa ! Super theme looking forward to seeing some great *beauties*
    Love your Black Squirrel especially – never knew about them !!!

  2. danajoward says:

    I love your animals<3 I am going to see if I have any to post this week. I am not sure if I have any in my photo albums 🙂 Great pick for this weeks theme 😉

  3. Wonderful theme and beautiful photos! I have never heard of a black squirrel – and certainly never seen one. Great pictures! I´ll see what I have in my treasure box…no easy with wildlife…

  4. Yee, i dropped a t there!

    • ailsapm says:

      Oh those pesky ‘t’s 🙂 Don’t forget, it doesn’t have to be wildlife, it can be any animal at all. Those black squirrels are hilarious, even more in your face than the grey ones. They’re quite common in the US and are on the rise in the UK too.

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  6. I’ve thought of one or two or three right off the starting line. Now to contain my excitement….. :-S

  7. nuvofelt says:

    I’ve combined two entries, I hope you don’t mind. Nothing as exotic as the lovely animals above, though, but when we are with them we are surrounded!

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  9. Sheri Garvin says:

    Each one of these is excellent! Love the raccoon’s expression, though. He is looking at you with quite the puzzled expression.

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  11. My entry for this week’s theme. Bears and some other animals of the wild.

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  13. s1ngal says:

    Thank you Ailsa [although] difficult theme FOR MOI because sadly and honestly I have never found animals fascinating enough to photograph [apologies ya’ll]… but that wood-duck did some magic and :)- so here’s my entry –>

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  15. adinparadise says:

    Fabulous pics, Ailsa. Love that black squirrel’s face. 🙂

  16. Tahira says:

    All the creatures are adorable, Ailsa, but I LOVE the buffalo the best! GREAT shot. Here are my little kitty cats of Amalfi

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    • ailsapm says:

      Very cool, MaanKind, that is one big bull, I love the second one where he’s looking directly at the camera. He doesn’t look too impressed at having his photo taken 🙂

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  19. Stunning pictures, Ailsa! This is definitely one of my favorites of yours. As a vegan animal lover and animal liberation activist, this is right up my alley and a very exciting one for me!!

    Coyotes, many different birds, starfish, and of course my pit bull Rikki….hope ya’ll enjoy!!

    –Love and Liberation–


    • ailsapm says:

      Jan, these are amazing – those coyote shots are spectacular. And Rikki looks like a total sweetie. Love it. xxx

      • Thanks, Ailsa =) Coyotes are definitely among my favorite animals (my “Earth name” is keyote, said the same just spelled differently)–they are so savagely maligned and massacred by meat-and-dairy-producing interests: they are poisoned with cyanide, trapped, their dens gassed, mothers and babies alike smoked out of dens and then beaten to death, shot…and yet through all that savage violence, they find a way to not just survive but thrive. An amazing symbol of strength and adaptation and perseverance in the face of industrial humans’ barbaraism. They inspire me.

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  21. Amy E says:

    That raccoon is too cute!!

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  23. Chillbrook says:

    These are lovely Ailsa. 🙂

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  26. Phil Lanoue says:

    Super photos!
    I have not created a new post for the theme but my post from earlier today did have an alligator featured.

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    • ailsapm says:

      Wow, Z, that’s an incredible collection of animal photos, that jaguar is just amazing, and those goats are hysterical. xxx

      • The goats and I have an ongoing feud.. I can smell them before they arrive, so I arm myself with dirt clods, rocks, shells – whatever’s handy, then I hide and wait and dare them to enter my garden! It’s quite funny as long as they don’t strip every leaf in the yard! z

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  30. writecrites says:

    Really great photos all. And what a fabulous shot of that antler rack and beautiful face against a river background. Often those shots are in a forest where the antlers blend into the tree branches. Since I’m an animal lover, I thought I’d have a go at this theme. Some images from a recent trip to the San Diego Zoo:

    • ailsapm says:

      Lovely photos, Jennifer, the balancing act and the camel doing yoga are brilliant! Yeah, I felt really lucky to spy that elk by the river in Yellowstone, I had a few magical minutes observing until noisy tourists came along and scared the elk away.

      • writecrites says:

        Thanks so much, Alisa. It’s fun to catch animals in poses you don’t normally see. When that gazelle stood straight up on its hind legs, I was amazed that it didn’t topple over. If I had tiny hooves like that, I would surely topple over 🙂
        As for the noisy tourists, if we would all just tread through wild areas quietly, we would see so much more. At least you had those few magical minutes—and a great shot.

  31. bluebee says:

    That raccoon is too funny 🙂

  32. Amy says:

    Sooo adorable! Great post!

    • ailsapm says:

      Thanks Amy! I have a secret ambition to be a wildlife photographer – it’ll take a lot of practice and a much better camera, but someday, maybe… keep your fingers crossed 😉

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  34. Jenn says:

    awesome theme .. fantastice photos posted 🙂
    heres mine ..

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  39. trishworth says:

    Ailsa, I thought the duck photo was a painting. It’s fantastic!
    I’m glad you picked animals for a theme because I’ve been wanting to submit my photo of the Syrian girl and her goat. So, thank you.

  40. Hello Everyone!

    No “wild” animals for me – but I do have some lovely pictures of the domesticated kind!

    For those of you that like the photo challenges, I have started one too. It’s called Friday’s Foto Fun and this week’s theme is Faces. Here is the link:

    Pleas join in – I am looking forward to seeing your entries!

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