Hellooo everybody!!! I am back after taking a small break. I was away in my beloved Nilgiris for a few days to recover from all the hard work I’ve been doing. As always, I couldn't stop thinking even during my break and here is one topic that I thought a lot about.
In this day and age of immediate gratification and getting just about everything you want when you want it, I am finding this spilling over into the world of wildlife too. Today’s visitors to a reserve or national park include nature lovers, photographers, and holidayers. I would like to know where you fit in and I ask this question since there’s a clear distinction in attitudes and behavior.
Wildlife Tourism and photography
A visit to a national park or reserve goes hand in hand with the desire to sight a tiger or a leopard, and the capturing of a decent image to bring back home. Everyone with a camera is a photographer, and every photographer wants the perfect shot and wants to be rewarded with praise for it through any media.
Beautiful pictures of wildlife are all over the internet, these pictures give a false image that all is well with the forests of the world. The truth is far from it Does all this photography benefit nature in any way? Do people see what microhabitat they are trampling over in order to get what they want?
If you are considering photography in wildlife, be different and take photos of things that can help create a story and a plea to fight against the reckless destruction. Capture images of the wide scale habitat destruction all over protected areas, forest fires, damage to forest land and its surroundings from tree felling to cattle grazing. These pictures can be used by conservationists giving them subject matter to form meaningful stories, material for awareness campaigns, or may even serve as evidence for cases in the court.
Wildlife tourism and your stay
Wildlife Tourism in India has been gaining in popularity for years now, with the number of tourists visiting parks increasing year on year. Though this tourism means a lot for the state and the local people there, it can also mean steady destruction. With thousands of visitors and scores of resorts, how long can it all be sustained? Is there anything really eco-friendly about resorts in these areas? They are all tapping into the limited groundwater, using more wood for firewood and “campfires,” creating more garbage that has nowhere to go, and using unimaginable amounts of diesel for vehicles and generators to provide guests with uninterrupted power supply and air conditioning!!
Since I’ve given you a good awareness lecture, I feel it’s only necessary to tell you that all this does not mean you should stop visiting jungle places, just that you should always make your presence unfelt and unheard, and leave it that way. It is important to fuel your fascination for animals as that may one day lead to it becoming a full-fledged passion for their conservation and protection. The people in these areas survive on tourism and feed their families with the money they receive. Their skills are very specific to their area and their nature is very different. This makes it hard for them to find work in other places doing other things because they have spent most of their lives living a simple life in a simple place.
The most happening parks and tiger reserves in India
The list of parks is long but there are those that are most rich in wildlife and are managed very well with a good balance of sightings and care for the park as well.
The other option that you have is to play Kaadoo’s wildlife series sitting in the comfort of your homes!!! We have editions that cover most of the significant biospheres of India as well as a few outside India. Go ahead and make the best of this lockdown!!!