Travel Quote Tuesday | Share My Wildlife With Me

“If we can teach people about wildlife, they will be touched. Share my wildlife with me. Because humans want to save things that they love.” ~ Steve Irwin

One of the most wonderful kinds of travel for us is wildlife viewing, making a journey to see amazing birds, animals and sea-life in their native habitats, doing whatever it is they do. Pete and I love our wildlife holidays and have been fortunate to watch wildlife in destinations as diverse as Antarctica and the Falkland Islands, East and Southern Africa, a number of countries in Europe and Asia, and The Galapagos Islands (pictured).

We do our best to travel with companies that are experts in their field, and understand how to give us these magical wildlife experiences without disturbing, endangering or exploiting the wildlife. The trips always incorporate lots of learning about both the habitat and the wildlife, as well as local conservation efforts and issues.

Learning about the incredible diversity of life on our planet helps us to cherish it even more strongly, and, as Urwin said, it motivates us to do what we can to protect it.

Favourite charities of ours to support include:

  • The World Land Trust, which buys up and protects vast swathes of natural habitat, thereby protecting all the flora and fauna within it, and funds conservation and anti-poaching teams.
  • The David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation, which works tirelessly to save critically endangered animals in Africa and Asia.
  • The Galapagos Conservation Trust, which supports conservation projects and works to raise awareness of how to preserve the habitats and wildlife of the islands.
  • Wild Aid whose mission is to end illegal wildlife trade, works to reduce the global demand and consumption of wildlife products by educating consumers and strengthening law enforcement.

Seal on rocky shore in Galapagos Islands - “If we can teach people about wildlife, they will be touched. Share my wildlife with me. Because humans want to save things that they love.” ~ Steve Irwin

A sea lion yawns in the sunshine after waddling its way out of the sea and up onto the sun-warmed volcanic rocks of one of the Galapagos Islands. In front of it a small marine iguana does the same; behind and nearer to the water an army of red-and-yellow Sally Lightfoot crabs cling to the crevices.

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14 Comments to "Travel Quote Tuesday | Share My Wildlife With Me"

  1. Per

    I love wildlife travel. Many of my most recent journeys have been to places like Svalbard, Norway and other outdoor paradises. What’s your favorite destination?

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    kaveyeats

    A single favourite is hard as I’ve loved every wildlife trip we’ve taken, but I’d probably say Botswana for the African safari and South Georgia / Antarctica for the penguins…

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  2. Sarah

    I love seeing animals in the wild. Today flamingoes landed in my local lagoon – magical. Where’s your favourite place in Europe to see wildlife?

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    kaveyeats

    How amazing! I’ve not explored many wildlife destinations in Europe, to be honest, it’s a definite gap in my experiences. I’d love to visit Romania for their native population of lynx and Svalbard in Norway for the polar bears.

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  3. Annick

    Local wildlife adds to our travel experience. I’m concerned when I see tour leaders feeding animals – yes I want to see them closer but I don’t want them to become reliant on us for food. The Galapagos is on my bucket list.

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    kaveyeats

    I hate that!!! And I remember getting incensed in the Masai Mara several years ago when a guide (from another company / camp) opened his vehicle door and banged it closed so that a cheetah would turn and look so his guests could get better photos. I asked my own guide to have a word with him, and also took down his company name and plate and reported it via the manager at my own camp. Likewise, there are some strict rules for behaviour at potential wildebeest crossing sites, and several guides broke those in order to get better positions, but in many cases, they made the wildebeest abort their crossing entirely. I’d rather not see a crossing than participate in that!

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  4. Lisa

    This is a really touching quote. I’d like to see more wildlife in their natural habitat when traveling, but it hasn’t happened yet. A great quote from a great man.

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  5. ANITA

    I wish people would be more aware how much wildlife they destroy not even consioucly. I am glad you mention this quote. We need to be aware of how we can improve our eco friendly habits

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    kaveyeats

    Agreed, and often we allow commercial interests to rampage through our natural habitats almost unchecked, doing untold and permanent damage!

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  6. Diana

    Love this quote! I’ve actually learned quite a bit about conservation and environmental issues while traveling, which has opened my eyes to a lot of the abuse wildlife suffers (and how tourists contribute to that abuse). It makes me sad to say, but I have definitely contributed to this abuse in the past as well. I’m not proud of it, but at least I’ve learned and am constantly learning and improving.

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  7. Aareeba

    That is a really good quote , very touching . I like to see wild life in a natural habitat too. But it depends , if they are rescued and are protected then that’s totally fine

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