Wild life tourism is watching the wild animals in action in their habitats. The world that we live in is a wonderful place, and it is some cosmic design that has set everything in equilibrium. It is in fact a mighty piece of architecture where nothing works in isolation. It is a big place inhabited by humans, plants, wildlife, domestic animals, micro organism, birds and the aquatic life. There exists the inanimate world as well comprising of rock, sand, water, air and mud. All the objects in this world are in constant interaction with each other. Even these interactions follow a definite pattern. A disruption in the pattern leads to destructive phenomena like global warming, wars, outbreak of diseases, famine, flood, quakes and tsunamis. Some of these are within human control while some are beyond. Animal world is a big part of the earth’s constituents. Neither can we ignore them nor can we neglect, and the question of exploitation like poaching amounts to a criminal act. Our interaction, attitude and concern towards the wild life help maintain the ecological balance. It keeps the food chain pyramid in a stable equilibrium ultimately ensuring global harmony. We need to realize that we are not the only residents of the planet earth. Our neighbor, the wild life has a greater share of space which we must not deprive them of. We need to make wild life expeditions and observe them from close quarters. We need to feel their pulse and understand all they try to convey.
The social behavior of a pack of wild dogs is an interesting spectacle to watch. How the pack chases and catches up with a prey much bigger in size and stronger is a scene worth loads of appreciation. The grit and concerted effort of the pack eventually brings down the prey that devours it in a feeding frenzy until only fragments of bones and flesh are left. There may be a one or two day’s recess after which these animals look for the next kill. Sometimes they win and sometimes they lose, but the battle for existence goes on bringing live a documentary on struggle for survival on your jungle safari. That a world so full with action, excitement, motion and group efforts exist cannot actually be realized unless the tourist ventures out on a wild life expedition, and is exposed to this ruthless and yet a beautiful world dominated by plants and animals.
From the ecological standpoint, the sustenance of the flora and fauna can only be ensured if we extend our efforts to combat the elements like diseases, habitat loss and mindless poaching that threatens their existence. For launching these efforts generation of funds is imperative, and every dime a wild life tourist spends as entry fee to a sanctuary or a reserve forest goes to the wild life welfare fund.
To wish wild life population a long and cheerful health, wild life tourism needs to be encouraged. The quality of expeditions should be enhanced, and an all round awareness should be spread to keep Mother Nature and its wild inhabitants in a healthy state.
Wild life tourism improves the economic health of all the components included in tourism. It generates employment for the local, makes the local business of hotels, eateries, transports and provision shops flourish. These components are the life blood of wildlife tourism, and their smooth survival will help wild life tourism run smoothly. It is an interdependent cycle, wild life tourism being on the focal point. The tourist is on one side and the service providers on the other. Wild life tourism brings the tourists and service providers close to each other. One derives benefit from the presence of the other with wild life tourism being the central fulcrum.