Wildlife Tours – Dos and Don’ts

Posted by on April 25, 2015

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Whale watching, diving with hammerhead sharks, bird watching, safari tours, seeing the Galapagos penguins – all these and more are definitely fascinating and exciting activities one can do while going on a holiday. Certain etiquette needs to be observed however if we want to keep these activities sustainable and enjoyable for the generations to come.

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What to do when engaging in wildlife tours?

To ensure you have a wonderful holiday, by all means indulge in the following:

  • Take lots of pictures, they’ll be great for keeping the memories strong.

  • Learn as much as you can. Nature is beautiful and has lots to teach us.

  • Help in conservation efforts. There are various animal rescue centers and shelters around the world. If you are looking for a more meaningful wildlife experience, why not volunteer in these places? Just imagine, you might be able to feed tiger cubs or bathe elephants all the while helping to prevent their disappearance on this earth.

  • Spread the word about responsible wildlife tourism.

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What not to do and what to avoid?

To make sure no harm comes to you or to the wildlife you are traveling to see and experience, here are some reminders:

  • Don’t feed any animals if there’s no sign anywhere saying you’re allowed to do so. This is because the food you’re giving might be unhealthy for the animals or might cause them to flock to you, which can cause injuries.

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  • Maintain a safe distance. There are already many reports of monkeys, birds, etc. attacking humans who got too close for that perfect selfie.

  • Observe cleanliness. Litter and any other type of pollution are never good for nature. So be careful not to do something that will endanger the environment and the wildlife in the area.

Here’s to more wonderful and responsible trips for you around the world!

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Photos by: GentharAsim Saeed and Anguskirk

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