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.

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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. pommepal says:

    G’day Ailsa, great theme again, you are going to be inundated with photos for this one. I decided to just go with Aussie animals for you this time.

  2. Posted my weekly photo challenge contribution and realised one of my photos, the giraffe, would have been perfect for this weeks theme!

    Will see what other photos I have. 😉

  3. hi Ailsa, i love the expressions in their eyes! did you befriend any of them 😉
    anyway, here’s my take of your theme for the week:

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  5. oztravelbug says:

    Great theme this week Ailsa, I love your photos!
    Here’s my take on this week’s theme:

  6. hannahjane21 says:

    Sooo cute! I recently did a post about donkeys in Greece. 🙂

    • ailsapm says:

      Very cool, Hannah, if you put a link to this page in your donkey post it will show up in the comments stream and we can all have a look at it, I’d love to see it. xxx

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    • ailsapm says:

      He was ever so friendly, Gilly! Oh wow, how amazing that you got to see the orang-utans in Borneo, girl, you have had some incredible adventures. That little baby is adorable!

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  11. Interesting theme! Remembered an incident with a cow when I was in Mysore. Just blogged abt it as part of this weekly theme 🙂

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  16. Myra GB says:

    Hi there Ailsa! I had a fun time going over my animal-photographs to share for your travel theme this week. I especially loved your buffalo picture. 🙂

    Here’s my contribution this week:

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  19. Marianne says:

    Hi Ailsa – here is my cuddly contribution to this week´s challenge

  20. bebs1 says:

    What beautiful pictures of animals you’ve got here Ailsa. Thanks for the weekly challenge, now I could feature my cats:

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  27. You did a great job of capturing the expressions on their faces!

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  30. sfish74 says:

    The raccoon is adorable! I want one! 🙂

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  32. mariadesuede says:

    Lovely photos, I’ve just created some articles on Paris en photographies and my photo blog about my voyages, Photo et Voyage…

  33. cinova says:

    Such a lovely idea for a theme, Ailsa 🙂 I have been away for two weeks in New Zealand, so am just catching up on your recent posts. Might come back later in the week with my foliage contribution AND some snaps of stunning NZ. Meanwhile, here’s a collection of furry friends taken in various locations.

    • ailsapm says:

      Welcome back, cinova. Such a lovely collection of animal photos, those alpaca are way cool! Looking forward to seeing your NZ photos!

  34. ledrakenoir says:

    Really some great lovely shots – the duck too, even it isn’t black… ‘hahaha’


    • ailsapm says:

      Haha, thanks ledrakenoir. That was the first time I’d seen a wood duck, actually, I couldn’t get over the amazing colours! 🙂 Just saw your post, that looks like one very wise kitty indeed!

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  36. They are all gorgeous photos. My post is a little about American wild horses:

    • ailsapm says:

      Really great post, c & c – I was lucky enough to see some wild horses in the badlands, just amazing. Love the links you posted, thanks for that! xxx

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  38. Your photos are beautiful. I can’t wait to get home and explore your blog a little more.

  39. babso2you says:

    Lovely photos of the critters you have met on your travels! Thank you for the like on my weekly photo challenge post on what makes me happy!

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