How to Have a Way Better Experience when Encountering Wildlife Abroad

by - 20 May

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*This is a contributed post. All opinions are the writers own.

The feeling of being able to sit on the edge of a truck and watch the sunset go down over the Serengeti is unlike anything that you will have ever seen before. The problem is that if you have never encountered wildlife before or if you don’t know what to do when you come face to face with some of the most majestic animals in the world then there are things that you can do to try and prepare yourself.

See them In Their Natural Environment

Sure, going to see a snake charmer can be exciting but what happens behind the scenes is not fun. Animals are often kept under high-stress situations and this is not something that you will want to support. It’s important that you both understand and respect the issues that surround the facilities for the animals, so the next time you get offered a selfie with a tiger you know that you need to avoid it if you can. If you want to see animals where they are at their happiest then one way for you to do this would be for you to do it in the wild. For example, the wildebeest migration is one of the most spectacular sights out there and you’d be surprised at how easy it is for you to see this up close and personal.
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Money Talks

A lot of countries offer local tours, and you’ll see them around when you travel. If you were to support these instead of the large and corporate tours then you would be putting food on the table for a family of five or even ten. This helps people to avoid going into illegal wildlife trades and even poaching. For this reason, the next time you go and book a tour, you need to make sure that you encourage vital income for the people who live there and it also helps to know how they are working to conserve the habitat of the wildlife you are visiting as well. This will really help you to know that you are doing the right thing.

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Respect the Animals

When you see animals in the wild, you need to make sure that you are not getting so close that you are altering their behaviour in the wild. If you do get too close then this can cause them to become alert and they may even run away. If you are on a safari then turn your phone on silent, respect the animals, and turn off the sound on your camera as well. Animals have an incredible sense of hearing, and the last thing that you want to do is scare them off. You also need to make sure that you keep your voice low and that you take into account the fact that this is their home.

You also need to think about how you are going to approach the animal and you recognise the warning signs that they are giving you if they are not comfortable with you being so close. This will help you to recognise the way that they feel so you can respect it.

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  1. Fantastic tips! This kind of trips are amazing! :)

    xoxo dear ❤
    Melania |

  2. I agree about respecting animals. Especially when traveling. I noticed people tend to feel the need to go closer and it just isn't a good idea. This is great tips lovely. :)

  3. Do your research too! Investigate anywhere that claims to be a retreat and only go for sanctuaries that are actually charity based and work with ethics & animal welfare groups. Asia is especially bad for portraying rabid zoos as sanctuaries!