, we saw the critically endangered Bali mynah, also known as the Rothschild’s mynah. There are only around 90 of these birds left in the wild. In New Zealand
, we spotted the flightless takahe, once thought to be extinct, and crawled through muddy swamps to see wild kiwis. In India
, we were fortunate enough to find Bengal tigers. Definitely the hardest challenge was seeing polar bear cubs in Canada: 14 hours on a qamutik
, a traditional snow sled, with frostbite on my nose and the almost impossible task of picking the bears out from the white landscape. You have to travel ahead of them and then wait. We waited six hours in one spot until the adorable cubs finally arrived.
Initially, I wrote out a big list of countries I thought would be interesting, then Martha and I narrowed things down and got into specific wildlife for each location. In the UK
, my mother and I met a scientist who Martha had connected us with, and he invited us to visit his meerkat research site in South Africa’s Kalahari Desert, a trip that Martha also coordinated. She also met up with my family and me in Iceland.