As photographers, we are responsible for protecting Mother Nature, especially in protected conservation areas. Our behaviour defines our character. If our behaviour defines us as negligent people, it doesn’t just tarnish us – it blackens everyone within the photography community.
When tourists visit wildlife encounters, the money they spend on interacting, petting and walking with predators does not contribute to wildlife conservation or the preservation of natural habitats. Instead that money buys more animals, builds more animal encounters, promotes fake voluntourism, and contributes to animal suffering and death.
Close proximity wildlife tourism has also been blamed for anthropogenic disturbance and psychological stress in Indian tigers and African cheetahs too. If the animals are subjected to prolonged stress, their survival and reproduction will be at risk.