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You should not just go to the coast and hope to see seals, first of all, they are often not where you would expect them and secondly, they are often in reserves and off limits for visitors. A quick search in Dutch does bring up quite a few options, search words -zeehonden kijken in het wild-. One mentions that 'wad lopen' mudflat hiking often gives the ...
I'm aware of only two: Tiger Temple, close to Kanchanaburi You can have your picture taken with grown up tigers. Fascinating. I've been here and don't remember young tigers. Tiger Kingdom, close to Chiang Mai Here, the draw is being able to play with young tigers. I've been here, it was awesome. 'safe' is very relative. It's extremely unlikely anything ...
Just to expand on a couple of the answers above, in logistical terms it's true that you have to fly to get to either Iquitos or Puerto Maldonado, but... it's worth noting that from Iquitos you can only really fly to Lima whereas you can fly between Puerto Maldonado and Cusco as well as Lima - this means that Puerto Maldonado fits in much better to a trip in ...
Cleland Wildlife Park in Adelaide has tame Kangaroos for selfies.
If you are traveling to Melbourne, I recommend you visit Healesville Sanctuary, it's about an hour east of Melbourne, they have Kangaroo's they are quite used to people. http://www.zoo.org.au/healesville/animals
Featherdale in Sydney has wallabies and possibly roos. Bonorong, just outside Hobart, has both. In fact, they give you a bag of food for them upon entry. They seem to be very people friendly and don't mind you petting them.
It depends on how close you intend on getting for your selfies. If you insist on approaching closely, I would only do so in a controlled environment. If you're willing to have your selfie with the kangaroos a dozen or more metres in the background, you'll be fine. As to where you're able to do so, just about every major town or tourist location has some ...
I went to the Featherdale Wildlife Park outside of Sydney when I was about 16. It was great and plenty of exotic(by my standards) animals running around that could be fed and touched. However, I don't recall any kangaroos that were free roaming in the park, I think they were all in enclosed spaces, but plenty of small wallabies running around like goons.
The Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary in Brisbane also has a kangaroo enclosure where you can hand-feed kangaroos, including (according to their website) Red Kangaroos and Eastern Grey Kangaroos. I visited many years ago and can confirm that they will eat out of your hand; however, selfies were not a thing then, and so I didn't try to take one.
The Cairns Tropical Zoo has a Kangaroo enclosure: Spend time in our kangaroo area. Around 60 tame Eastern Grey kangaroos spend their day meeting visitors, eating from your hand and lazing in the heat of the day. I can confirm that they will let you get relatively close if they are in the right mood, but not necessarily for the kind of "hugging" selfie ...
Kangaroos are wild animals. While you will come across them if you are driving in rural areas, do not approach them. While most will simply run away, some may enter a more defensive posture especially if there are young (joeys) nearby. A kick from an adult can kill a human (http://www.amazingaustralia.com.au/animals/kangaroo_attacks.htm). Kangaroos can be ...
I'll note up front that I've only been to Puerto Maldonado of the two, but of your interests you've listed: While Puerto Maldonado is on the Rio Madre de Dios, Iquitos is on the Amazon River proper. At Iquitos it is already at least three times the size of Rio Madre de Dios. Advantage: Iquitos. Monkeys are visible at both, but the river dolphins are only ...
I have quite a bit South American experience though, in fairness, not too much Amazonian experience. That said, Puerto Maldonado is not at all on the tourist trail. Public transport to Puerto Maldonado is infrequent, the city has very few tour operators and the hotels do not cater to tourists. I traveled through Puerto Maldonado last year, on my way to ...
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