Your Photos Can Benefit Wildlife Conservation
Just how powerful is eco-tourism?
How much can you the safari-goer, benefit wildlife research and conservation efforts?
More than you realise.
A recent report observes that “tourist-contributed data can aid wildlife monitoring in protected areas by providing population estimates of large carnivores comparable to those from traditional survey methods.”
Captured In Africa have often believed that photography has the power to change perceptions – whether you have an iPhone or a DSLR camera – it also has the power to be utilised as a conservation tool, by providing invaluable data to academics, wildlife researchers and thus conservation of species. It’s why Captured In Africa promote eco-tourism, that not only benefits nature and wildlife, but provides us all with an education and awareness that only wild animals can provide.
We’re already sending safari-goers on amazing safari itineraries, where their visit benefits local people, habitat and wildlife conservation – which is all part of our responsible tourism policy. Some of those safari camps & lodges allow guests to contribute their images and resulting data, to local researchers – providing information on various species, their locations and behaviours, that can ultimately be monitored and used towards conservation efforts.
But hold tight, before sharing your photos on social media – you just might be helping poachers. It’s important to understand current climates when it comes to wildlife and issues affecting the animals we view on safari, particularly poaching, as this article suggests: Your safari selfies are cute, but they’re a road map for poachers
Avoiding dangerous use of photographs;
- Don’t share live photos or video from rhino or pangolin sightings, wait a few days or even weeks before posting your images.
- Please also bare in mind that some rhinos have been relocated to areas where local wildlife management have not broadcast that they now have rhinos. In this instance where new locations of relocated animals is undisclosed, share your images freely, but please refrain from mentioning when & where your photos were taken to help safeguard these animals.
- Once you’ve saved the GPS (Geotagging) information from your photos or handed it to the local researcher, remove the information from your images (or create a duplicate image minus that information) before posting on social media. If you don’t intend to share information with researchers (or if no local researchers are available), another option is to turn your camera’s geotagging off completely to avoid capturing location data.
In saying all that… take all the photos you wish… enjoy your experience with these animals, because what you will see & experience on safari, will last you a lifetime.
Safari is a wonderfully powerful tool, one which still has a lot of potential, that we must make the most of. Responsibly, ethically.