The best practices while on wildlife tourism ensure meeting a twin objective. The wild life and the habitat do not get harmed, and the tourist experiences a wonderful and hassle free trip.
While driving in your land rover along the wild life country, ensure that you keep your wheels on the track and do not go astray into the bush. You should drive carefully so that you do not run into an animal injuring or killing it especially while driving at night. Use headlights to make things before clearly visible. Never honk loud to generate noise pollution scaring the animals away. Check on emission of large quantities of thick smoke, which generate carbon pollution.
Care must be taken to ensure that the ecological balance of the jungle is not disturbed. Smoking and drinking on safari must be kept minimal. Littering the forest with leftovers is to be avoided. Spilling of chemicals, oils and leaving behind plastic packets and non biodegradable wastes could cause irreparable damage to the wild life and environment. Keep the size of the visiting group small. Bigger the size of the group, bigger will be the commotion and sound pollution which will scare the animals away.
When using camera, use the one with a zoom arrangement so that in order to take a better shot you need not be close to the animal and risk a contact. This may initiate a flow of disease from one to the other or provoke an attack. It is better not to use flash while taking snaps and bother the animals.
While approaching a wild animal try to be quite and still. Keep a safe distance from the animal you are watching. You must not stalk the animal with a sneaking stealthy gait to give it a feel from its animal instinct that you are a threat and mean harm.
Inside the forest, try to avoid the use of gadgets that generate electronic emission and waves. This is a silent killer particularly having an adverse impact on birds.
In a wild life safari, keep your eyes open and your senses alert as there is a wonderful opportunity to learn a lot about animal habits and their behavioral pattern. While following the tracks, trails, droppings and spoors lots of information are revealed. You feel excitement rush up your blood stream. The droppings not only indicate the contents of its diet, but its freshness is a clear indication of the time elapsed after the animal had passed the region and its present distance from you. All you need is a keen pair of trained eyes and a mind that can draw logical inference, and the rest is all excitement and fun.
Hand feeding of animals in the wild and cuddling wild life cubs are strictly prohibited as it is an easy way for flow of diseases. Where feeding is approved, food should be nutritionally certified.
Studying animals intently with dedication gives you a lot of insight into wild life behavior. It is a great experience to explore the animals behave in a finely weaved society. Their communication patterns, vocalizations, sign languages and gestures indicate specific moods and group codes. It is simply wonderful and educative to be conversant with their system of communication and predict the way an animal will react to a specific environment.
Watching wildlife is fine and it would be a better practice if we mix a little deliberation so that they are not treated as mere objects of visual amusement. Their plight must be addressed with compassion and solutions provided highlighting the importance of conservation of the ecosystem.