Slash and Burn: Spotting problems on holiday – and what to do about them
Wildlife tourism brings many joys – but it also opens our eyes to the many issues and problems facing the animals we see. Here, from RIGHT-tourism, is an example of coming across a problem – and what to do about it.
With our human population increasing, more and more pressure on our natural world is taking place. We are reaching the point where even single cell creatures must justify their existence and pay their way. Simply being beautiful or exotic does not guarantee the right to exist. Maybe it never has, only now we are more fully beginning to understand these things.
So this is where wildlife tourism comes in. As travellers we accrue some wealth, and then head off to pay these creatures their wages, thanking them for being beautiful and exotic at the same time. But how then do we make sure that wildlife is really benefitting from our pilgrimages and not being unwittingly and adversely affected?
For me the most important action we can take is to recognise situations that seem questionable while travelling, and take issue over these when returning home. One such example relates to a recent trip I made to Nepal. While there I made an extended visit to Chitwan National Park, an area of sub-tropical forest in the low lying land to the south of the country. It has been described as the ‘Jewel in the Crown’ of Asia’s National Parks.
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