Safari West

Giraffes. Monkeys. Rhinoceros. Oh my! At Safari West, the wildlife ABCs start with antelope, buffalo and cheetah and continue through the alphabet to vulture, wildebeest and zebra. The African-styled preserve is home to 900 animals and 90 species, all located on a former 400-acre cattle ranch on an oak-studded woodland in the Mayacamas Mountains. Two […]

Pet-Friendly Pismo Beach, Perfect for the Whole Family

On the coast of California lies a laid-back little beach town having a love affair with the dogs and children that live and visit. Everywhere you look in Pismo Beach, you’ll find pooches on leashes and kids running in circles around beaches and promenades. About a three-hour drive from both Los Angeles, where we had […]

Creature Features on Oahu’s North Shore

If your kids spend their summer vacation at the beach watching sand crabs scurry, looking for sharks’ teeth and spotting dolphins from the balcony, this Hawai’ian resort has your animal adventurers in mind. Turtle Bay Resort on Oahu’s North Shore is situated on 840 acres, with five miles of unspoiled beach, 12 miles of hiking […]

Volunteering at Best Friends Animal Sanctuary

Whether your family loves dogs, cats or critters of any kind, volunteering at Best Friends Animal Sanctuary in Kanab, Utah, is an unforgettable experience. What’s it all about? Best Friends Animal Sanctuary was founded roughly 35 years ago by friends who rescued old, sick and difficult animals from almost certain death at shelters. After bringing them […]

Japan: Siren Call for Cat Lovers

Rest assured, cat-loving travelers can basically go anywhere in Japan and find kitty-covered everything, from candy and cookies decorated with cat faces, to clothing, accessories, purses, backpacks and essentially anything else you can think of. It’s safe to say the Japanese public really loves cats. For like-minded families looking for that extra cat power on […]

Teaching Children to Respect Animals Through Travel

Respect is a big lesson many parents focus on teaching kids, and, while respect for elders and other people usually takes priority, it is an excellent time to teach kids the importance of respecting animals as well. Many kids have pets at home, and because of their amiable relationship with Spot, think all animals are […]