It may sound odd at first, but an effective way to help conserve the beautiful wild areas of our planet is to visit them. Ecotourism involves traveling to remote, pristine areas with the intent of learning about them, caring for them, and helping maintain them for future generations. If you yearn to see the wild responsibly, to grow personally and help sustain our natural world, you should consider this growing form of tourism.
There are many such places left on Earth, despite the past and ongoing destruction of much that is our natural heritage. From the frozen tundra of Alaska to the bush country of Africa, many opportunities await the ecologically minded traveler. Activities like fishing and photography add to the simple enjoyment of seeing unspoiled vistas.
Being so wild, it is best to hire experienced guides for such treks. A growing number of companies specializing in ecotourism offer package tours and custom expeditions to the conservation-minded tourist. Wild Ark is one such, dedicated to helping people reconnect with the wild and to creating conservation spaces in areas under threat.
Wild Ark was founded by Mark and Sophie Hutchinson, passionate conservationists concerned about the hazards facing the world’s wild places, and acting to protect them. Along with a dedicated team, the pair is working to secure greenbelts around the world to make them into conservancies for visitors. Beyond tourism, they hope to encourage important ecological research. Wild Ark believes this will lead people to connect with nature and be inspired to protect it.
Wild Ark now offers tours in Alaska, Kenya, Botswana and South Africa. Many more are in the planning. In their first conservancy set up in South Africa, Pridelands, the team will work with leading environmental scientists to restore, manage and protect the rich biodiversity there. Learn more: http://wildark.com/blog/mark-hu tchinson-for-the-wild/
If you wish to keep wild areas wild, one of the best ways to help is to join with groups like Wild Ark and travel there. To be in the wild is to come to love it, and respect it, and want to save it. Learn more: https://www.linkedin.com/company/wild-ark