kangaroo crossing sign

Lions and tigers and … animal crossing signs around the world

by Michael

When we were driving all over the world we saw some unusual animal crossing signs that were different from the typical signs for deer we see at home. As we bounced along some pretty rough roads we took these warnings seriously, can you imagine the damage an elephant will do to your car?

camel crossing sign Jordan

Camel crossing signs are common when driving the Arabian Desert in Jordan. Fortunately all the camels we saw were behind fences.

animal crossing sign deer israel

Who knew they had reindeer in Israel, but it sort of makes sense. This sign is unusual because it’s in three languages: Hebrew, Arabic and English.

horse crossing sign dubai

In Dubai, horseback riding is a popular hobby among the Emirati. Apparently some of them break free now and then.

koala crossing sign australia

At the top of this post is a kangaroo crossing sign that is seen throughout Australia. You really have to take them seriously, particularly at dusk when the kangaroos go bounding across the road as if they are attracted to the car’s headlights and become “roo’d kill.” While the koala pictured above will do less damage, they are so cute that drivers really hope to avoid them.

cow and sheep crossing sign australia

Drivers get two for one on this sign in the Australian Outback as they look out for cows and sheep.

New Zealand bird (575x431)

We’re not sure why these birds in New Zealand couldn’t just fly across the road.

elephant crossing road sign

Elephants were a common sight in Namibia. But they lumber along so slowly we doubt they’d be much of a problem.

warthog crossing road sign

We saw literally thousands of warthogs by the side of the road in Namibia. They are one of the funniest looking animals around. Smart too, unlike the kangaroos in Australia, we never saw a warthog crossing the road.

meerkat warning sign

Meerkats, similar to prairie dogs, are all over Namibia. We stayed at one lodge wear a local meerkat was pretty tame and scurried around the restaurant.

zebra crossing sign namibia

A multi-purpose sign for zebras, warthogs and kudu on the Erongo Plain in Namibia.

wild animals Africa two giraffes crossing road (575x440)We didn’t see a giraffe crossing sign in Namibia, but we did have to stop for these actual giraffes.

Larissa crossing road Namibia (575x403)

Namibia is so sparsely populated we never saw a crossing sign for this rare animal.

bull crossing sign in spain

Cattle crossing signs are fairly common around the world but we liked how they rakishly add horns in Spain. Ole!

turtle crossing sign

Watch out speed racers for slow crossing turtles on Tybee Island in South Carolina.

abbey road zebra crossing

Well in London this is called a zebra crossing so it fits here. Can you guess what Fab road this is?

If you have any unusual animal crossing signs please send them to me and I’ll credit you and link back to you blog. Thanks!

BuffaloCharlie June 27, 2013 at 9:31 am

Fun post! Thanks for sharing.

Michael June 27, 2013 at 10:43 am

Sorry we didn’t see any buffalo signs Charlie.

Cat of Sunshine and Siestas June 27, 2013 at 1:20 pm

I love this – how fun! And, yes, I have seen bulls on the road in Spain – they actually have rules about how to handle animals in the road in Spanish driving school!!

John D June 27, 2013 at 3:01 pm

Kiwi’s are flightless and nocturnal, can make for a bad combination in NZ. I can say I never saw one, but I had to stop for long periods for sheep crossings on the South Island. Love the pic of the Riss crossing. 2nd only to the giraffes.

OCDemon June 28, 2013 at 1:49 am

It’s funny to think about how signs like this seem weird, but really, the fact that we think signs like this are weird is what’s weird. This is what life was like for…everyone, sorta. Up until rather recently.

Michael June 28, 2013 at 8:10 am

What do you do when you see a bull on the road?

Michael June 28, 2013 at 8:11 am

We never saw any kiwis in New Zealand either.

Michael June 28, 2013 at 8:13 am

You’re so right. Sometimes we’ll be taking pics of something that is foreign to us but is as ordinary to the locals as a deer would be back home. But that makes travel fun.

Steve July 1, 2013 at 10:39 am

We recently saw ‘Panther Crossing’ signs in the Everglades. I’m not sure if I’m relieved or disappointed we didn’t chance across a panther whilst cycling.

Michael July 1, 2013 at 12:30 pm

Did you come across any alligators?

Penny Sadler July 3, 2013 at 10:24 am

Fun post you two! Lions and tigers and bears, oh yes!

Sandra Foyt July 4, 2013 at 11:29 am

Too funny! I might just have nightmares about those meerkats.

Ante Mazalin | SailingEurope July 8, 2013 at 10:47 am

Great post guys! I just remembered here in Croatia near my hometown there is a road with the warning sign Hedgehogs crossing 🙂

Michael July 8, 2013 at 1:28 pm

Can you send us a photo of it and we’ll post it?

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