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8 wonderful wetlands

By: Josh Lew on July 4, 2012, 5:54 p.m.
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Kakadu National Park

Australia's wetlands are filled with wildlife, though most people probably associate these places with a single animal: the crocodile. These creatures, prehistoric in appearance and size, dominate the imagination of anyone who has ever lived in or visited Australia. The Northern Territory's Kakadu National Parkis home to the highest concentration of wild saltwater crocodiles in the country. However, the park is not only about these oversized reptiles. An abundance of bird life (no less than 396 species of tropical and migrating birds congregate at Kakadu), unusual plants, trees and flowers, and a wide variety of different landscapes makes this an ideal attraction for nature lovers.

Wetlands are some of the most inaccessible places for eco-tourists. That can be an attractive characteristic for those who choose to venture to these havens for birds, fish, reptiles and mammals. In these muddy, wet, sometimes buggy wild places, it is possible to come face-to-face with wildlife without having to contend with tourist hordes or any artificial barriers.