Animal tourism has become a big deal in the travel industry. Cost Rica, South Africa, Sri Lanka… new destinations are becoming increasingly popular for the wildlife tourism opportunities they can offer travellers from around the world. There are, of course, positives and negatives, like with any situation.
If you are planning on visiting a wildlife destination, try to actually see animals in the wild. Some sanctuaries and conservation centres do amazing work but some do not – certain centres have been known not to re-release animals because of the tourism and money they bring in.
On the whole, animal tourism in the wild is good news. It helps raise awareness about animals that are endangered and under threat. The money raised also helps to protect these animals and makes a living for local people. In places where poaching is a problem, this is especially beneficial as it allows people to make a living in a more animal and environmentally-friendly way.