Jaguar resting on the bank of Cuiaba river in Porto Jofre, Brazil

What is all this about?

The Wildlife Diaries is a travel blog dedicated to watching and photographing wildlife and exploring nature around the world. There aren’t many travel experiences more rewarding than encountering wild animals in their natural habitat. The Wildlife Diaries offers you inspiration and practical tips for designing your own wildlife adventure; from advice on destinations and suggested itineraries to tips on finding wildlife and choosing ethical tour operators.

A few years ago I set myself on an ambitious quest to see all 40 species of wild cats in their natural habitat. For me, felids, the members of the wild cat family Felidae, are nature’s Greatest Hits. This quest is likely to take a lifetime – some wild cats are so elusive that they are hardly ever seen. So far, I managed to track down 17 cat species. In the Wild Cats in the Wild category, I offer tips on the best tours and destinations for anyone wishing to follow in my footsteps of watching wild cats in their element.

What Would You Like to Explore?

Wildlife Travel Destinations
Wild cats in the wild
Wildlife guides
Sydney wildlife
Sydney hikes
Culture trips

About Me

My name is Margarita and I am a Russian-born wanderer currently settled in Australia. I travel mostly in search of wildlife encounters with occasional culture trips in between.

My background is in wildlife conservation, but today, I wear many hats: a travel writer, a wildlife photographer and as of 2020, a postgraduate researcher looking into human-felid coexistence.

Read my Travel CV in Sydney Sun Herald’s Escape section to get a sense of the adventures that wildlife travel entails.

Margarita Steinhardt

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