Wildlife Tours for the disabled
We’ve had a number of comments on our blog entries and our Facebook page on the topic of birding tours for the disabled.
We’ve thus decided to make this a topic on our Discussion pages
It is not only birds, but wildlife in general that can be of interest to those not fit enough to get around as readily as the rest of us. I wouldn’t like to see a major road constructed to the top of every wild mountain, as was actually suggested some years ago in South Australia, and I’m sure wheel-chair-bound nature-lovers wouldn’t want this kind of disruption to native habitats either.
There are numerous ways though in which things can be made easier in environmentally friendly ways for the less able wildlife enthusiasts, including appropriate attention paid by guides as well as physical structures etc.
As one respondent to our Facebook noted, being disabled does not just mean lack of walking ability. There are also the visually impaired (who can still enjoy listening to bird and frog calls and the whole sensation of being in the forest etc.), the hard of hearing (which guides can learn to cater for), the intellectually handicapped (another challenge for guides but some are genuinely very enthusiastic about seeing our animals) etc.
Okay, so over to you … we especially welcome comments from both guides and travelers on this topic (also tourism managers, researchers and others with an interest in the topic)