Can wildlife tourism really assist wildlife conservation?

There is a lot of cynicism in some quarters, but also some very real possibilities:

  • financial donations by operators and visitors
  • enhanced appreciation of wildlife and understanding of their conservation problems by the public
  • habitat conservation and restoration by tourism operators
  • conservation breeding of rare and threatened species for subsequent release
  • care of injured and orphaned wildlife by tour operators and wildlife parks
  • monitoring for general conservation research and management
  • watching for signs of illegal collection and other activities

We will be considering both current and past examples. What has been achieved already, and what on-going projects appear to be assisting conservation? What lessons have been learned?

The future: what are the possibilities for tourism operations, both large and small?

Stay tuned for further discussion

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Example of tours to help conservation:

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