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Wildlife Matters

How Your Travel Helps Wildlife

Today marks the celebration of World Animal Day! The number one way to protect the welfare and future of African wildlife to to take a safari and visit the places that are being preserved to protect them.

Choosing to go on an African safari helps locals and governments realize the value of wildlife and its habitat. Visitors to Africa are directly responsible for job creation in the tourism industry. They create and sustain skilled jobs that bring in valuable income that can support entire families. These jobs can also help to spread the word about keeping wildlife and habitat safe to keep visitors coming. It’s a positive and perpetual circle.

Seeing Africa’s incredible wildlife in person has a another wonderful benefit. It’s exciting! It’s magical! It’s childhood explorer dreams come to life. Elephants are incredible in a photograph, but nothing compares to pulling up near an elephant family and having the chance to quietly observe them, and perhaps hear some of their communication through deep belly rumbles. Watching lions stalk prey on the savanna in real life will give you an otherwise unattainable appreciation for their cooperative hunting skills. Seeing it on TV isn’t the same.

Waking to find a herd of waterbuck peacefully grazing outside your tent in the morning light will have you pinching yourself to be sure you’re really there. And knowing in the back of your mind that your visit is helping to sustain their lives and protect their homes adds another dimension entirely.

We are highlighting travelers’ ability to make a difference to Africa’s wildlife because of World Animal Day. Its mission is to raise the status of animals in order to improve welfare standards around the globe. World Animal Day unites the animal welfare movement, mobilizing it into a global force to make the world a better place for all animals. It’s celebrated in different ways in every country, irrespective of nationality, religion, faith or political ideology. The hope is to increase awareness and education to create a world where animals are always recognized as sentient beings and full regard is always paid to their welfare.

If you’re wondering how you can make a difference on World Animal Day, there are a variety of ways you can help in addition to going on a safari to see Africa’s wildlife.

  • Donate to a worthy organization like the African Wildlife Foundation or the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust
  • Spread the word about animal welfare
  • Volunteer for an animal welfare organization, whether it’s your local humane society or a project in Africa
  • Encourage a friend or family member to go on safari

What will you do to make a difference?

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