Many of us dream of seeing live whales, pumas, foxes, lions or birds, however, some of these encounters can be very threatening to the animals, or harm their habitats if we do not do it with due care and respect. .

This tourist activity done in a good way contributes to sustainable development, and brings countless environmental, social and economic benefits in favor of the communities and ecosystems where they are carried out.

So if you want to learn how to watch wildlife responsibly, take into account these tips and good practices for observation.

 

1. Know the habits and characteristics of the species and its habitat in particular, so we will know what to do or stop doing in order not to represent a threat to them and the environment.

 

First of all, some of the things you should never do when spotting wildlife are:

-Emit loud noises, as they alter the behavior of animals.
-Feed them, because they can get used to it and lose their hunting ability, which alters their ability to survive. They can also get sick, since it is not their food.
-Throwing garbage and waste, as it seriously alters the balance of ecosystems.
-Approach with domestic animals, since they are a threat to wild animals. They modify the behavior of these and are vectors of contagion of diseases, infections and parasites.

 

2. Well-being must come first:

Observation should be done in silence and in small groups; you have to keep your distance, avoid disturbing them when they are nesting, never approach and touch eggs or hatchlings.

3. Avoid changing behavior: Do not use flash or spotlights during observation, do not use bait, food or any method of attraction and capture, and for no reason take your pets to observe.

 

Although sometimes the impetus to achieve our goal makes us think about breaking any of these rules, we must be aware of what we are doing and be responsible for our actions. As much as we think that «we are nature lovers, that we will do it carefully and that if we do it only we will not affect the animal» we have to be aware that we are doing it wrong. This is why the well-being of the animal must prevail over our personal satisfaction, being part of the enjoyment of the day in the field not only the observation of the animal, but also the interpretation of the natural environment, the heritage of the area,…