Instagram – July 6th, 2020
There’s a lot we can all do to get involved directly in wildlife and environmental conservation.
1: Support small scale and local conservation projects instead of big NGOs. Some great projects are out there making a real difference instead of using donations for administrative purposes.
Even just a little bit goes a long way: a donation of $8 to @virunganationalpark pays for a new pair of boots for rangers protecting endangered mountain gorillas. I’ve tagged some in the comments.
2: Do not participate in any kind of tourist activity with wildlife interaction. Selfies, petting, walking with lions, swimming with dolphins, elephant rides or any type of “pay to play” with wild animals should be avoided at all costs. Do the research, and openly call out places that offer these activities on social media.
3: If you have a special skill or knowledge, reach out to a project that could benefit and offer your services to help out.
4: Voluntourism is a fantastic way to get involved, learn about conservation, and directly make a difference. This refers to paying for your own room and board while visiting/volunteering with a project. Why pay to volunteer? Because truthfully unless you are a wildlife veterinarian, anti poaching specialist or endemic biologist, you’re not bringing much to the table. Voluntourism, however, creates ethical revenue while also allowing people to come and learn. It’s a win-win. It’s also one of the most inexpensive ways to see African wildlife, costing a fraction of a luxury safari. There’s a lot of projects out there so do your research. This shot was taken on a mission with @empowersafrica and @wildlife_act to dark and collar critically endangered #AfricanPaintedDogs. You can actually visit this project!
5. If you’re lucky enough to travel on safari, look for black owned companies. If not black owned they should have black people in management positions. All white management is a major red flag. Choose lodges that invest in local communities.