We share this planet with some incredible animals. They fill our skies and seas, our fields and forests. Many of us share our homes with them as well as our hearts. They undeniably make our lives better, yet very few of us can truthfully say that we improve theirs.
Throughout history, animals have been exploited in the name of entertainment. We ride them, and race them, force them into hard labour and take them from their families to perform for us. This culture of mistreating and neglecting wildlife has to stop.
What You Can Do
It is always important to be aware of where your money goes when travelling. With Bamba, you can be sure that the animals you encounter are either wild or well treated. This isn’t true for every company you’ll come across while travelling. It’s up to you to do your research and ensure your dollars aren’t going towards animal cruelty or neglect.
Say No to Wildlife for Entertainment
Many animals like horses, alpacas and dogs have been domesticated over hundreds of generations to work alongside humans. Other animals have not. If you see that a wild animal is being used to do something it would not naturally do, don’t support it. Don’t ride elephants and avoid circuses and other shows that use animals as entertainment.
If you want a unique experience with these animals, volunteer at a rehabilitation centre. You’ll be positively affecting their lives and, I have no doubt that, their effect on yours will be even greater.
Responsible Wildlife Selfies
Being able to interact with wild animals while travelling can be an incredible experience. One made even better by the photos taken to prove the encounter happened. Our need for happy snaps with exotic creatures has fed an industry that takes baby animals from their mothers and drugs them to be docile in photos. It’s important that you are responsible and know the difference between a good and a bad animal selfie.
The best shots of wild animals are those taken of them in the wild! If you do come across an incredible creature you’d like to take a picture of, make sure that doing so doesn’t disturb the animal. Don’t corner or capture wild animals and avoid selfies with them in captivity
Avoid Animal Product Souvenirs
When travelling through different parts of the world you will come across some pretty wild souvenirs. I’m talking live turtles inside keychains, ivory figurines, snakes in alcohol, crocodile skin clothing and turtle or tortoise shell accessories.
No matter how cool you think they are, there is nothing cool about the murder or torture of animals for the purpose of a souvenir. By purchasing these articles you are supporting a cruel and unnecessary industry.
Help us in the fight to keep wildlife wild.
Learn more about World Animal Day or let us know the ways in which you are working to keep wildlife wild!