Travel Activities to Support Wildlife Conservation
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Discover The Best Activities to Support Wildlife in Your Travel
Traveling responsibly can take many forms, from packing a refillable water bottle to turning down daily housekeeping. But you can go one step further by choosing vacation activities that help preserve the beautiful nature you've come to see and the animals that call it home. Ecotourism not only encourages local communities to seek wildlife conservation, but it is also a rewarding experience. See whales across Hawaii, walk among bison in Yellowstone National Park, and care for giant pandas in China through volunteer tourism. When planning your next vacation, choose to actively support wildlife conservation with these excursion ideas.
Visit Animals in the Wild
Seeing the animals that live in their natural habitats is one of the best ways to support wildlife conservation while on vacation, especially if you are with a certified tour operator dedicated to protecting wildlife. In Maui, support the Pacific Whale Foundation by participating in one of their whale watching cruises led by a marine biologist. Or take a bird-watching tour with a local guide in Cancun to see impressive hummingbirds or colorful motmots. Expert guides know where animals usually stay and offer a wide variety of interesting stories and facts about the animals.
Voluntourism to Help Animals on Vacation
If you're willing to roll up your sleeves and get your hands dirty, many volunteer tourism opportunities around the world allow you to actively care for animals in need. Help feed and bathe injured and abandoned wildlife, including monkeys and parrots, at Refugio Amazonas in Puerto Maldonado, Peru. If you've ever dreamed of feeding a panda with your hands, go to Chengdu, China. After helping clean up the panda poop (it's more fun than it sounds), you make and serve special panda cakes for the confused residents of this hotbed. Volunteering abroad can be perfect for budget travelers looking for authentic experiences that change the world for the better.
Tour Wildlife Sanctuaries
From orphaned elephants in Kenya to rescued brown bears in Romania, visiting a wildlife sanctuary supports your mission and offers you an educational and inspiring wildlife experience. The sanctuaries strive to return the animals to their native habitats when possible, such as the way the Sheldrick Wildlife Trust raises young orphaned elephants due to poaching and releases them into Tsavo National Park. Many shelters, such as the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center, house animals that cannot be released into the wild for a variety of reasons, such as injuries or illegal ex-pets. Be sure to do a little research before booking your trip to avoid funding a fake wildlife sanctuary that does more harm than good.
Visit Zoos and Aquariums That Support Wildlife Conservation
Many accredited zoos and aquariums around the world actively support wildlife conservation through associations and breeding programs. From kangaroo rats to California condors, the San Diego Zoo Conservation Research Institute actively monitors wild populations of endangered species and successfully releases captive-bred animals into their natural environment. In addition, the Singapore Zoo provides financial support for wildlife conservation projects in Southeast Asia and conducts awareness campaigns to address major threats to wildlife such as poaching. Your ticket to a conservation-oriented zoo gives you a chance to enjoy rare and endangered animals up close while helping to support your wild brethren.
Visit National Parks
Imagine traversing the grassy landscape of Yellowstone National Park, the world's first national park, to see a herd of bison grazing, a bald eagle soaring overhead, and hear wolves howl in the distance. National parks act as safe environmental havens for you and native wildlife to enjoy natural splendor. Additionally, the US national parks are excellent vacation destinations for families. Your registration fee will help maintain visitor facilities and park conservation and restoration efforts. Consider hiking, horseback riding, or kayaking with a naturalist guide, as an expert can point out animals that are difficult to locate and share their knowledge of the ecosystem.
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