Traveling Abroad to Protect Endangered Animals: What to Expect
If you’re passionate about the protection of endangered animals, there are many ways you can help the cause. Donating your time in your local community, promoting awareness with your friends via social media and simply donating money can help make a massive difference. One more practical way you can help is to travel to a conservation reserve or natural habitat abroad to help on the frontline in the protection of endangered species all over the world. Here is a list of some of the things you can expect if you decide to travel abroad.
The Conditions Will Be Tough
Travelling abroad to help animals is indeed a noble thing to do, but it won’t be a five star break. The conditions will be rough, the weather often uncomfortably warm or cold, the accommodation may feature various bugs, insects which frequent the local area may join you in your bed, washing facilities may be the local stream, and it will be hard work with long days. You need to remember that the charity or sanctuary you are going to offer yourself to support will want to spend whatever resources they have on protecting the animals, not keeping you in the comfort you expect at home.
Some Things You See Will Be Difficult
You’ll be on the front line of protecting animals, which you are obviously passionate about since you have left home to go and offer your time and skills to support them. In being on the frontline you will see distressing things. You may see first hand the damage which hunters and smugglers can do to the animals, you will see the implications of keeping majestic animals in cages for black market trades and you will see the destruction of their habitat from deforestation and the changes this brings to a delicate natural balance.
You Will Make Friends for Life
Whilst you are working long hours in tough conditions it will be hard physically and emotionally. The people you work with will be a support network that you will need to get through it. You will be surrounded by like-minded people who share your passions, your love of animals and have undertaken the same journey you have to help protect the world’s most vulnerable animals. With all this you will meet people who you will come to appreciate and value, they will be a support when things get difficult, and you will become friends for life.
It Will Reinforce Your Love for Animals
You have travelled a great distance to help the animals you are passionate about. By seeing and experiencing things on your trip it will reinforce your beliefs in animal protection, making you appreciate first hand the work that animal sanctuaries such as the Dancing Star Foundation do all around the world.
The decision to take a trip abroad to help animals is something you should not undertake lightly, and with these tips you will have a better idea of what to expect. One thing is true; it will be the trip of a lifetime.
12 thoughts on “Traveling Abroad to Protect Endangered Animals: What to Expect”
Once again I must confess the lack of enjoyment that travelling to see wild animals in their native habitat would bring…I see them only in our provinces 3 zoos
It is terrible that the only place you
It’s my dream to see big cats and other animals in their natural habitat! I wish more were being done to protect them!
I love the white Bengal tiger…our zoo has two of the more regular-colored animals, and they are magnificent
this is a beautiful white Bengal tiger…but at my age my basic aid to animals is loving my pet bunny and walking my friend’s golden Retriever
I love the white Bengal tiger! It is a beautiful species! Protecting all species is very important for our life stages. I would love to be able to help protect animals from extinction, but I would have to do it money-wise. I think every species should be protected.
I’m not currently at a point where that interests me, but maybe some day in the future it will! I do enjoy helping, but I’m a little addicted to comfort…
White bengal tigers are beautiful and one of my favorite wild animals. SO sad that we have endangered animals!
I love animals and this sounds like something really great 🙂
this sounds like something really worthwhile. thanks!
Oh wow this is something I would love to do
I would love to do this someday. There is a chimpanzee sanctuary I would love to visit.
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