Ethical Encounters with Wildlife On Your Next Trip

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There are all sorts of new things to see and experience when you head overseas on your travels. You’re likely to encounter new cultures, hear new languages and try new cuisines. As well as engage with a whole host of activities you wouldn’t usually try out back home. So, it’s not all too surprising that we also want to see local wildlife that we don’t get back home too! Now, it’s all good and well, seeing animals in their natural environment. But due to demand and high profit margins, the animal tourism industry is booming. Unfortunately, the experiences on offer are not always all too ethical. Let’s take a little look further into the subject and find some fair and ethical encounters you can incorporate into future trips!

Actively Avoiding Animal Exploitation

Animals shouldn’t have to perform for our entertainment. They also shouldn’t be kept in captivity unless they are being rehabilitated or are incapable of living in the wild. Encounters to actively avoid that are not ethical encounters include:

Tiger Temples

You shouldn’t get too close to grown tigers as they are huge predators and are not domesticated. Don’t teat them as pets and dont trust anywhere you can get too close. Did you know that in order to have them pose for pictures with tourists, they are often tortured, beaten, or drugged into submission?

Camel and Elephant Rides

Sure, camels and elephants may be able to walk long distances in a day. But they are not supposed to carry people on their backs. A person is an extra weight that shouldn’t burden them. You should avoid Elephant encounters where boxes are placed on their backs as it is harmful. But using an ethical centre is ok, just do your research first.

Captivity

Animals kept in captivity, they are not there by choice. They have been taken from their natural environment and forced into a limited space. This, of course, is not always the case. Some are kept for breeding purposes and to keep certain species alive and thriving and a little of this is needed. However, animals in captivity often suffer psychological and neurological issues due to the removal of their freedom. Consider avoiding zoos, captive safari parks, and attractions such as Seaworld, where animals are ill-treated on your next trip.

Ethical Encounters

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This, however, isn’t to say that you cannot respectfully encounter animals in their natural environment. It can be amazing and educational to see wildlife in their natural environment Here are a few ethical wildlife activities you might want to engage with.

Safari

Safari usually relates to experiences in Africa discovering an animals’ environment rather than animals being brought to you. Consequently, animals can roam free. Tours generally take to maintain a respectable distance and not interfere with the animals’ existence. It is a great experience to see these amazing animals in their natural environment.

Snorkeling and Diving

Snorkeling and diving immerse you in an underwater world where you can see some truly stunning sea life. You can look at corals, see a whole host of fish. Witness octopi, and maybe even see dolphins, whales, and sharks. You can find more information about this at this website. Again, just make sure to maintain a safe and respectable distance. Don’t touch animals or corals.

Volunteering

If you want to get a bit more hands-on, consider volunteering as part of some sort of rehabilitation or conservation programme. Helping animals to ensure that their numbers remain strong and thrive. Or enabling them to be reintroduced to the wild following injury or other issues.

As you can see, you do need to put a bit of thought into your encounters with animals. But being ethical really is worth it! Make a positive impact on your natural environment and book ethical encounters on your next trip.

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