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02Birds and Gators

One of the best reasons to travel anywhere is to experience something that you never would’ve had access to if you had stayed home. Sierra Leone is home to many wildlife sanctuaries, each with unique sights and majestic creatures. Despite its small size, the Mamunta Mayosso Wildlife Sanctuary is one of the most important reserves in the world. Not only is it home to 252 bird species, but it is also one of the few places in the world that protects the scary-but-still-cute dwarf crocodile.

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