“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.
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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