Uk News Animals pay the price for your zoo visit – wildlife encounters should happen in the wild United Kingdom news

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Uk News Animals pay the price for your zoo visit – wildlife encounters should happen in the wild United Kingdom news
05 August 2022 - 08:31

PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! The school holidays usually bring about a peak in visitor numbers at zoos across the UK and beyond. But, five years ago, I stopped promoting holidays that include them.Wildlife should be kept in captivity only for a very good reason. And with zoos, the reasons just don’t add up. Most animals in zoos are neither threatened nor endangered. And, contrary to popular belief, most zoos don’t release endangered species back into the wild. Shockingly, as recently as 2019, zoos in the US and China were lobbying to import wild-caught African elephants.As for their educational value, there are ways to learn about the natural world without locking wildlife up. Excellent nature documentaries abound, as do outstanding educational materials. Others argue that visiting a zoo makes people more active in conservation. Yet there is little hard evidence of this – nor that the impact is greater than nature-based experiences.Yes, some zoos do fund protection or reintroduction programmes. However, a 2021 report from the Born Free Foundation found that UK zoos invested, on average, just 6.6 per cent of takings in on-the-ground conservation projects. With rare exceptions, wildlife encounters should happen in the wild.

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. This is where tourism can play a significant role, both directly and by supporting local communities to manage habitats in a way that benefits both people and animals. I see it in action through the brilliant work of our local partners in places from Devon, where our local holiday partners have rewilded a barren horse farm into a 21-acre wildlife haven, to Montenegro and the Maasai Mara.In Devon, guests staying at one farm’s canvas lodges or cottages support a 15-year-old conservation project to restore the Popehill Moor Site of Special Scientific Interest. Now managed as a nature reserve, the off-grid farm has a programme of habitat management and restoration work – which guests can learn about on nature walks.We may not have rhinos here on our doorstep, but we do have red squirrels, golden and sea eagles, wild cats, bats and dolphins – and they’re vital too.To help, we need to make nature more inclusive. Organisations such as Black2Nature and Boots & Beards are helping to make nature accessible to people who have felt excluded from the countryside.Some of us can choose a holiday that funds conservation or rewilding. Or, instead of visiting a zoo, we can find a local nature reserve or rescue centre that works to re-release wildlife.At Responsible Travel, we also support genuine endangered species conservation centres that aim to protect wildlife threatened by extinction, such as black rhinos, tigers, or orangutans.A true wildlife sanctuary puts conservation first, so steer clear of those which promote shows or photo calls with animals.Zoos operate for profit and entertainment. And the very animals we expect our visit to help are paying the price. There are far more effective ways than a zoo ticket to restore habitats and help endangered species thrive.@justinmfrancis

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