What is Nature Conservation Travel?
Nature Conservation

What is Nature Conservation Travel?

Conservation travel is a type of tourism that involves learning about and helping to protect the environment and wildlife. Within the tourism industry, conservation travel is widely known and recognised. Oftentimes it is experienced on a volunteer basis not only helping to improve environmental factors in specific destinations, but to also raise awareness on how nature conservation efforts can protect the earth. 

There are many different types of conservation travel experiences including habitat protection, habitat restoration, nature conservation, wildlife monitoring as well as community engagement and education. But how are these relevant to the travel industry? Well, they are often presented as projects that tourists and travelers can book in order to be involved in these conservation efforts during a vacation. So as an example, instead of just lounging around on a beach, they use their relaxation time to join a campaign to remove litter from the beach for animal’s habitat protection and to make the beach a place that can be enjoyed by visitors once more. Many of these projects are both rewarding and eye-opening to those who take part.  

Let’s find out a little bit more about each area of nature conservation travel:

Habitat Restoration and Conservation Projects

Habitat Restoration is the process of improving an existing habitat to a state of higher quality. This allows the wildlife that call these places home to flourish. Common activities completed during a habitat restoration experience include clearing trash from beaches, planting trees, watering plants and tending to soil in green areas. You can book a Thailand habitat restoration tour with ‘GVI’ here.

Wildlife monitoring

Wildlife Monitoring includes looking for and tracking various animals, plants, fungi and inputting the data into detailed logs. Logs help researchers understand migration patterns of animals while keeping a record of when and where everything was last seen. This type of nature conservation helps to understand what species need some extra care and protection. You can book a wildlife monitoring tour with ‘Volunteer HQ’ in the Galapagos here

Community Engagement and Education

Education within the travel and nature conservation industries allow people to understand why they need to be better in order to protect the environment. When people are educated they are able to help join the solution. When creating community engagement and gaining local and traveler interest, more people are able to help with habitat protection, habitat restoration and more, in order to help mother nature improve. Book your community tour in Zimbabwe through ‘Conservation Travel Africa’ here.

How can you get involved with nature conservation?

Volunteering is an extremely popular travel style in the industry as it allows people to have a unique experience that benefits not only themselves, but the local community at the destination as well. These volunteering opportunities offer eye-opening exposure to the work needed to protect the planet. These volunteer placements can be focused around a range of activities including the above mentioned wildlife monitoring, habitat protection, habitat restoration, engaging the communities and gaining education on important topics.

So, if you’re hoping to join in and do your part to help the environment, take a look at ethical conservation projects above and worldwide. You’d be able to enjoy an exciting adventure, while contributing to a good cause. What are you waiting for? 

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