Eco-tourists could put wildlife in peril
Eco-tourism has been a fantastic way to engage with local people that have perhaps hunted endangered species and bring them in more money by bringing in tourists to watch the animals alive rather than by selling the meat, skins or horns. But now a study seems to suggest that the tourism itself puts animals under stress. A double edged sword then 'eco-tourism' damned if we do it damned if we don't. On the whole the fact that eco-tourism depends upon the continued survival of species probably mitigates in its favour over the shooting for fur, food and horn alternative.
Animals from polar bears to penguins are being put at risk by the boom in holidays, in which people pay a premium for environmentally-responsible breaks which may include conservation work.
The latest research found a fivefold drop in numbers of coyotes and bobcats in a protected Californian forest frequented by nature-lovers.