I was told not to look them in the eyes. Be non-threatening. Turn off my camera’s flash. Stay at least 5 m away at all times. I was able to experience something so few people will ever experience in their life. I came face to face with a community of mountain gorillas in Uganda and I watched them in their natural habitat for over an an hour. Similarly, I sat down on a glacier in Antarctica and watched as thousands of penguins marched around me. I took a selfie with one of them and he inquisitively looked at me for more than a minute before continuing on his journey. This year’s bucketlist has included some of the most wild animal encounters of my life. I trekked wild gorillas and chimpanzees, swam with whale sharks and tons of other marine life, took selfies with penguins, watched hippos, lions, zebras and crocodiles in their natural environment, watched whales, dolphins and seals swim alongside my ship, fed giraffes from my hand, rode a camel and horses and searched for tree climbing lions. It’s been one wild ride, but my animal side is just getting piqued. Encounters with wild animals are the most adrenaline-filled adventures. Regardless of how in control you feel or how prepared you are, you can’t control a wild animal, especially when you are a guest in their home. Here are 10 wild bucketlist encounters to add to your list and fantastic places to give them a try.