What is all this about?

The Wildlife Diaries is all about nature and wildlife travel and adventure. If you prefer forests to the concrete jungle, stars to billboards and mountains to city skylines, this site is for you! To start your journey, check out the featured posts below or explore the categories in the menu above

Nature Travel Destinations

Nature Adventures in Sydney

On the Trail of the Wild Cats

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.


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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