Wildlife and Flora…
Encounters with wildlife are often a highlight of your trip. Many of the wildlife species we encounter are already endangered. The following tips will help to ensure we don’t put them further at risk by disturbing their daily routine or causing them to behave abnormally.
Your guide will discuss minimum approach distances with you – i.e. the minimum distance you can approach an animal without risk to either the animal or yourself. Please observe them. Particularly with breeding or nesting animals, your actions can have a severe impact – for example, causing a parent to abandon its young, leaving them susceptible to attack by predators.
If an animal alters its behavior because of your presence, you know you’re too close. While it may be tempting to force an animal to “do something”, your wildlife experience will be far more rewarding if you have a little patience and observe the details of the animal’s “natural” behavior.
Some animals are susceptible to human viruses and diseases, so keep your distance!
Please keep noise to a minimum when observing animals at close quarters and, where appropriate, wear clothing that will help you blend into the background rather than stand out like a beacon.
Consider taking a zoom lens and binoculars.
Please don’t feed wild animals. Food scraps should not be considered “biodegradable”.
Be aware that rabies and other diseases are prevalent in many countries. Wild animals should never be touched, but we also strongly suggest you refrain from touching domestic animals such as cats and dogs.
When you’re trekking, please don’t cut back vegetation from the trail or pick the wildflowers – particularly in popular areas. This can impact on the ability of the plants to reproduce.
Customs and Quarantine laws in most countries are very strict and offences carry harsh penalties. Be aware that it is illegal to import many wildlife products. Their purchase can also encourage poaching