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Best Endangered Animal Safaris

Hawksbill Turtles and Dugongs- WWF's Kiunga Marine Reserve

Courtesy of Kiwayu, The Cheli & Peacock Portfolio

Hawksbill Turtle

Why Endangered: These beautiful three-foot-long creatures found in tropical reefs are extremely vulnerable due to their slow reproduction rate and the burgeoning illegal trade in their prized “tortoiseshell.” Yes, tortoiseshell glasses come from turtles.

Best Place to See: Kiwayu Safari Village on the edge of the World Wildlife Fund’s Kiunga Marine National Reserve in far northern Kenya.

The Viewing: A chic, privately owned beach resort on an idyllic lagoon, Kiwayu is one of the few places on earth where you can watch rare hawksbills swim in the water from the comfort of a thatched beach banda. At certain times you can also watch turtles come to shore to lay eggs at night. True enthusiasts should visit between July and September, the main season for hatchings. Kiwayu also arranges boat excursions into the Kiunga Marine Reserve to see equally rare dugongs, a kind of manatee.

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