CAT | Wildlife
Here at Jurnii we know that a good holiday is usually all about keeping the kids entertained and happy at all times. While we occasionally get the chance to enjoy a night alone, it’s usually the day activities that turn out to be the really memorable parts of a vacation.
With this in mind, we’ve developed a guide to the attractions of the US. Covering all regions and states, this one stop guide will help you plan your vacation to the US, taking all the hard work out of searching for places to visit.
So why not take a look at our Guide to US Attractions. In the meantime, here’s a sneak peak!
Discover a fascinating marine environment at the Seattle Aquarium where you will encounter orca whales, glowing jellyfish, sea anemones, clever sea otters, and everything in between.
This unique marine environment is perfect for people of all ages and is open 7 days a week.
Disneyland is famous for its masterful story telling of some of history’s greatest tales, in an interactive and mind-blowing way.
A trip to Disneyland is a guaranteed unforgettable experience no matter how old you are, and simply cannot be missed while in the sunny state of California.
Bloomington Mall of America
The Mall of America is not only the largest shopping center in the US; it is the largest in the world. Boasting an impressive 400 shops, 50 restaurants and bars, along with the largest roofed theme park in the US, this place is any shopaholic’s dream!
Ben & Jerry’s Factory Tour
Ben & Jerry make some of the best ice-cream around so a tour around where it all happens is a must for any fans. Nestled in the Green Mountains just north of Waterbury, this factory offers some fantastic tours with sampling mandatory.
Statue of Liberty
A ferry runs regularly to the Liberty Island on which it stands, and there you can visit the museum in the statues pedestal. Unfortunately it is no longer possible to climb higher into the statue.
Whale Watching in Cape Cod
Provincetown is probably the best place to organize a spot on one of the boats that takes you out to the whales – a highly recommended activity! A walk down the infamous commercial street to the wharf is a pleasant experience too. On the boat trip you are almost guaranteed whale sighting, and you’re bound to see other creatures such as dolphins and of course lots of bird life.
Want to see more? Take a look at the full Guide to US Attractions.
Cute, cuddly furry things seem to be loved by all and the good news is that the world is full of them.
But with every little creature comes a big one; some scary, some dangerous and some just plain strange. But just how many are there in the US?
Trawl through pages and pages on the Internet and you will struggle to find a comprehensive guide to the wildlife in America.
So, doing what we do best, we at Jurnii have developed a guide to the Wildlife of the US. Including useful information on where the animals can be found, and even rating how dangerous they are.
Here’s a small preview to get you started:
Commonly referred to as a “gator”, the American Alligator has a large rounded body with thick limbs, a massive tail and a broad, killer head. They can reach up to 19-feet in length and any animal living in water or coming to water is potential prey.
It might be America’s smallest and most common species of bear, but if you come across one of these you will still probably shake in your boots. These bears hibernate for 7 months out of the year, resorting to their dens in October and November.
These small, striped animals are similar in looks to the squirrel and are known for their habits at the beginning of autumn when begin to stockpile goods into their burrows for winter. They were also made famous by the 1958 group, “Alvin and the Chipmunks”.
The star-nosed mole is easily identifiable by its eleven pairs of fleshy appendages that rise out of its stout. These are used as a touch organ, with more than 25,000 minute sensory receptors allowing them to feel their way around.
The porcupine is a rodent with a coat of sharp spines that they use to defend themselves against predators. Weighing up to 16kg, these creatures are rounded, large and very slow, and will give you a nasty prick if you come into contact with one.
This semi-aquatic mammal is endemic to North America and can be found along many of its waterways and coasts. These creatures can weigh up to 14kg and boast a muscular neck so smaller than the head, and an elongated body that is broadest at the hips.
These mammals are best known for their ability to secrete a liquid with a strong, foul odor. The most easily recognized of these is the striped skunk, with its black and white coat easy to identify.
Want to see more? Check out our Guide to US Wildlife.
Animal lovers Beware!
From tamest to deadliest, here’s America’s 10 most dangerous animal killers.
Whatever you do, don’t get too close.
10. The Grizzly Bear
The real version of the “teddy bear” is not as cute and cuddly as little children would like to think. Roaming some of America’s most scenic areas, the Grizzly Bear is a monster of the wild who knows his place and makes everyone else aware of it.
Contrary to popular opinion, DO NOT play dead when you see one, and don’t run screaming either. Once they rear on their hind legs you know you are in trouble so back away slowly and don’t let the bear sense your fear. Do this, and you may avoid being trampled, mauled and savaged.
9. The Shark
Thanks to movies such as Jaws and Deep Blue Sea, the shark has become the most feared creature of the deep, and with good reason. While they usually won’t bother you if you don’t bother them, they WILL be attracted to you if you are wearing bright colors such as orange and red, and will rip you apart in the fastest way possible.
The only ones that WILL kill you are the Tiger, Great White, Ocean White tip and Bull Sharks, which all like to lurk in the waters around Florida. A word of advice: Don’t watch the before mentioned movies before you take a dip because the paranoia is likely to keep you out of the water!
8. The Mountain Lion
OK, multiply the size of your house cat by at least 5 and you’ll be faced with one of America’s most dangerous animals. Roaming the mountains of North America, these mighty creatures certainly mean business. Mountain Lions are found in many of the country’s National Parks and the best method of attack is to get into a boxing match with them, with extra points awarded for punching them in the nose and eyes.
7. The Scorpion
Among the ugliest of America’s deadliest creatures is the scorpion. Known for its deadly curved tail, these deadly stingers come to life at night, while snoozing in low areas during the day.
They have a known habit of creeping into sleeping bags of campers, so be sure to shake your bag out before you get too snug.
6. The Venomous Snake
Ophidiophobia is something that many people (including myself) suffer from (And for good reason). The poison- filled Eastern Diamonback, Texas Coral Snake and Mojave Rattlesnake, are just 3 of the many American species able to send you to an early death in just one bite. These scheming, slippery snakes slither into the list at sixth place, but in my mind, should be much further up the ladder!
5. Killer Bees
Macaulay Culkin died from them in My Girl so it should come as no big shock that killer bees make this list. However, a new brand of bees is on the market and is the result of an experiment gone horribly wrong. These evil little critters travel in packs and rage an attack as soon as they hear you coming with a lawnmower or trimmer.
Think you can run and hide? Think again because these stingers will chase you as far as 1000 feet and for up to 10 hours. So next time you go out to mow your lawn, make sure you have some comfortable running shoes on.
4. The Bison (Buffalo)
Trust us, you don’t want a home anywhere near where the buffalo roam.
While only dangerous if you hunt them, these huge monsters can commonly be found in some of the country’s national parks and kill more humans than grizzly’s do. The best way to avoid them; Don’t hunt them!
3. The Black Widow Spider
While most spiders give people the creepy crawlies, it’s only the deadliest ones we should be really worried about.
The black widow spider is among these and can kill with a single bite. Unfortunately there is not much you can do about them except hope you don’t come across one.
2. The Mosquito
The humble mosquito takes second place on America’s list of most dangerous animals. This annoying pest doesn’t just buzz in your ear and give you horrible itchy bites; it is also responsible for diseases such as malaria, elephantiasis, yellow fever, dengue fever and West Nile Virus.
These little blood suckers are now prevalant in the US so make sure you stock up on repellant before you even consider camping.
1. White Tailed Deer
Bambi tops the list as America’s biggest killer. Surprised? Many wouldn’t think these cute, little innocent animals would even make the list, but these cuddly little creatures are responsible for 130 American deaths and 29,000 injuries per year. How you ask? Well, by running in front of cars and causing people to crash, which essentially results in $1 billion worth of insurance claims.
Most are also usually infested with ticks that carry Lyme disease, which jump on and infect 13,000 people a year. So next time you are watching the Disney classic, think twice about just how cute Bambi really is.