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3. Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park, Hawaii

 

If you crave a safari to see large animals like bears and moose, Hawai’i Volcanoes is not the place for you. But if you appreciate smaller wonders like exotic fish and bats, brightly plumed birds (such as this ‘i’iwi honeycreeper), and curious insects, this park will not disappoint. The Hawaiian Archipelago is the one of the most geographically isolated group of islands on Earth, and the native animal species that live there began evolving in isolation 70 million years ago. From ‘u’au (Hawaiian petrel) to hawksbill turtles to the largest dragonfly in the country, the vast majority of species in the park are found only on the Hawaiian islands.

 

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