Caught in the moment of observing beautiful wildlife, sometimes you can forget how easy it is for particular species to become endangered. For example, the African Elephant has been under threat for many years due to being hunted for their ivory, although it is still possible that you will see one on a safari trip â for how much longer though?
Whether it is your first trip to Africa, or you are a seasoned safari explorer, it is really important to understand the steps you can take to help with the conservation of the continentâs mammals and birds. With this knowledge, people can enjoy observing these creatures and appreciating their beauty for many years to come.
Here are just a few things that you can do to help:
Youâve decided to go on a safari holiday, so itâs time to do some research into companies that provide what youâre after. You will want to know if the guides are fully trained and knowledgeable about the wildlife in areas you will visit. They will be your primary source of information whilst out on a game drive or walking safari, as books will not provide you with first-hand experience or necessarily up-to-date facts.
Booking your holiday to see particular animals? Investigate the best places to visit that are actively highlighting these issues in addition to doing the best to safeguard a particular species. Your safari company should be able to offer a bespoke package that allows you to visit the places you are most passionate about seeing.
If in any doubt about any of these areas, call the company to ask them for recommendations.
All across the continent, there are many conservation projects going on to spread the word about protecting wildlife at risk. A lot of those who visit Africa even get inspired to be more involved and meet the fantastic people who are already doing their part.
Several of our safari packages include a trip to the Lewa Conservatory which plays home to 70 types of mammal, including the endangered Black Rhino. Tourism at the park is what helps continue to monitor and care for all of the animals as well as finance further protection, education to local communities and assist for the government with anti-poaching measures.
When visiting different parts of Africa, it is vital that you take the advice and guidance from your trained guide or ranger. This is for your own safety as well as the animals.
Make sure you never litter or in any way destruct the land you are visiting â this can cause danger to an animal or damage the delicate ecosystem of the area. Also remember that the animals around you will be used to vehicles, but they will not be used to sudden movement or any loud sounds that overcome the sound of the engine. Your guide will be able to instruct you on the way to behave throughout.
Some National Parks and Conservancies will allow you to get up close and personal with the wildlife, an amazing opportunity which is only possible if the rules are followed.
There are many beautiful souvenirs available to buy in Africa. Never be afraid to ask what they are made of as you do not want to buy anything thatâs been made using the skins, ivory or other materials from endangered species.
This should not be a problem if you are buying from reputable retailers â always ask your guide for their advice as they will know the local area well.
There are many charities out there that provide aid to species under threat of endangerment. From the well-known organisations like WWF to the more locally focused groups like Kenya Wildlife Service, donating can make a big difference. You can also adopt an animal to contribute to more on-going support as well.
These are just some of the steps that you can take to further encourage conservation. To make the most of your trip and truly appreciate the beauty of African flora and fauna, why not find out more about our Kenya safaris?
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