Does tourism disturb the wildlife in their natural habitats or actually help in their conservation? This is a matter of debate since many decades. Some people feel that tourism leaves footprints that are degrading the ecological balance of the jungles, whereas there are others who believe that it is a constant watch to help safeguard wild species. As both the points are correct, we can actually create a middle way to help achieve the best wildlife preservation and conservation.
Responsible tourism is the answer that addresses the concerns about wild species and their security in the most interesting way. It is not just a leisure way of travelling where tourists observe and enjoy being in proximity of the wild species in jungles. Besides being in the jungles and observing the wild, humans also learn the basic lesson of mankind living in harmony with Mother Nature. It is also a responsible way of promoting wildlife in the most natural way.
Through this special tourism initiative, tourists not only contribute to the tourism revenue, but even focus on conservation and protection of endangered species. Jungle safaris are an answer to those who believe that wild species should be kept away from tourists in order to be safe. But this results in flipside situation, giving poachers perfect grounds for hunting.
Wildlife tourism in such a case brings regular footfall throughout the day, leaving no scope for hunters to kill precious wild species. Besides saving animals from prospective threats, this responsible tourism also helps save their natural habitats from massive deforestation. The wild-watching turns wild species from mere animals to the assets. In fact, many tourists turn towards the wild forests in an assurance to spot the tigers, herds of elephants or other rare exotic species.
The tourists visiting a sanctuary or a national park and even photographing the wild species acts as a passive endorsement for preserving planet and its endowed natural wealth. The closer contact between tourists and natural environment also develops awareness that lead to environmentally conscious behavior.
Also, responsible tourism practices make sure that tourists follow travel advisory of not throwing litter and garbage in the wildlife concentrated zones and view wild species from a distance. This ways, we can make sure the wilderness and animals are conserved with the combined efforts of tourists and authorities.