Wildlife tourism

How impressed are you with a video of a herd of sparkling dolphins in the sea or some tall and stunning elephants? Definitely enough, just like us! We have all felt at least once in our lives that we want to go on a safari in Africa or a boat trip following the whales. Somehow, with the feeling of impression, a new type of tourism was created, wildlife tourism. Wild-life tourism is considered the viewing of wild animals and not their hunting.

There are three forms that can be observed in this type of tourism. First, in captivity, ie in aquariums, zoos, or places of interaction such as dolphin shows. Second, in semi-captivity, ie in wildlife parks consisting of large land areas so that the animals can feel like their natural environment, and thirdly, in nature which has not been processed at all by humans. Such places are the jungle, the oceans, the forests, etc.

Top 7 destinations for wildlife tourism

Destinations can be divided according to the type of herds. Enjoy the magical photos of the following activities.

1) Canada for bear watching
@Céline Chamiot-Poncet, unsplash.com
2) South America, Amazon for jaguar observation
@lee bernd, unsplash.com
3) Madrid at the Madrid Zoo for a dolphin show
@Lisa, pinterest.com
4) Africa for walking with lions
@Bhargava Srivari, unsplash.com
5) Thailand for care and walk with the elephants
@Our Wandering Mind, pinterest.com
6) Australia on a boat trip to observe whales
@sanjuansafaris.com, pinterest.com
Tips for responsible watching tourism

We know that there is illegal hunting of animals and their exploitation.

Tip number 1. Search before visiting a place. Contributing to the continuation of an inhuman act is, unfortunately, very easy to happen so be careful where you participate!

Tip number 2. Try to contribute in any way to the local market. Find a local travel agent who organizes excursions or activities. The locals know well how to keep their area safe as you would try to protect your place!

Tip number 3. The safest and most responsible form of this type of tourism is the viewing of wild animals in their natural environment! Even better you could watch them far enough away e.g. with binoculars, leaving them to feel safe and calm in their space. Think that in this way you will be able to see their real movements and reactions without being afraid or feeling threatened.

Tip number 4. Finally, a very helpful move in places with wild animals is to avoid buying souvenirs with animal products such as ivory tusks necklaces, deer headframes, whale teeth, etc. Think that by buying something like this you can contribute to the illegal trade and encourage the abuse of animals since there is always a need for corresponding souvenirs!

We hope all the above information helped you and that you are a very prudent tourist in the places you visit!

By Seremetaki Anna-Maria

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