“The smaller the creature, the bolder its spirit.” ~ Suzy Kassem
Not technically a travel quote, this one, but it puts me in mind of many of the creatures I’ve encountered on wildlife holidays. Seeing wild animals living their lives in their natural habitats is a truly immense privilege.
There’s something very life-affirming about watching a small creature such as a warthog, mongoose or porcupine defend itself and its family from far larger predators – a ferocity of willpower and survival instinct that leaves no room for self-doubt.
Humanity is distinct, I think, in our propensity for worry and the way we sometimes clutch at “I don’t think I can” instead of “I can” and “I will”.
I was mesmerised by the marine iguanas of Santiago Island, one of the Galapagos Islands. Like many species found here, marine iguanas are endemic only to the Galapagos Islands. They are also quite unique among modern lizards in that they forage in the sea for their main food source of algae, larger males diving to the seabed while females and juveniles feed along the coastline at low tide. They live in colonies along the rocky shores, and are indifferent to tourists like me gawping in awe.
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