Peru, Costa Rica, Brazil and Alaska also winners
USA TODAY 10Best teamed up with wildlife travel experts from Natural Habitat Adventures to name the world's Best Place for Wildlife. After four weeks of voting, the polls are closed and the results are in!
Two wildlife-centric destinations fought tooth and nail to be crowned Best Place for Wildlife, but in the end the Galapagos Islands came out on top. The 'Enchanted Isles' off the coast of Ecuador inspired Darwin's theory of evolution and are still home to some of the planet's most unique endemic species.
Coming in a close second place was the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve in the Peruvian Amazon. Located near the Amazon headwaters in Peru, the reserve is home to some of the biggest wildlife populations in the Amazon.
The Americas dominated the winners list, with Costa Rica, the Brazilian Pantanal and Katmai National Park in Alaska rounding out the top five.
The winners in the 'Best Place for Wildlife' contest category for USA TODAY 10Best Readers' Choice are as follows:
- Galapagos Islands
- Pacaya Samiria National Reserve, Peruvian Amazon
- Costa Rica
- The Pantanal, Brazil
- Katmai National Park, Alaska
- Okavango Delta, Botswana
- Churchill, Manitoba
- Yellowstone National Park, USA
- Serengeti/Maasai Mara, Tanzania & Kenya
- Ranthambore National Park, India
Congratulations to all these winning destinations!License the 10Best Readers' Choice Award Logo