Impact Travel Alliance shares responsible wildlife tours in honor of Earth Day’s “Protect Our Species” campaign
The following post, in honor of Earth Day, is by Impact Travel Alliance.
NEW YORK CITY — As the world gears up to celebrate the 49th annual Earth Day on April 22 to protect the Earth’s endangered and threatened species, Impact Travel Alliance delivers a few of our favorite ways to responsibly visit and protect wildlife around the world.
“Seeing wildlife in their natural habitat can become some of our most vivid travel memories. I was deeply impacted by a trip to Uganda where I watched gorillas go about their daily lives in the Bwindi National Park and I bonded deeply with elephants while interacting with them at a conservation park in Thailand,” said Kelley Louise, Impact Travel Alliance founder and executive director. “It’s important to take the time to research and book wildlife tours that put the animals and their environment first.”
Several organizations in the ITA community help travelers see and protect Earth’s wildlife:
Travel to Sequoia National Park with Atlas Obscura and expert biologists to track, conduct research on and help protect wild bumblebee populations and explore this peaceful landscape.
Stay in Playa Viva’s sustainable hotel in Mexico and participate in the Playa Viva Turtle Sanctuary’s efforts to protect leatherback sea turtle eggs from predators.
Red panda conservation is a priority in Nepal. Royal Mountain Travel is a part of the Climate Trek Nepal team developing a climate-friendly trekking route north of Kathmandu through some of the protected areas where these highly endangered pandas can still be found in the wild.
Go whale watching with marine naturalists from PacWhale Eco-Adventures off Maui. Tour profits support the Pacific Whale Foundation’s research, education and conservation programs.
Explore Chumbe Island Coral Park, the first marine protected area in the world, with Earth Changers. Located off the coast of Zanzibar, the island’s conservation, research, education center and ecolodge are fully funded by travelers.
Take a guided hike or a 4x4 tour of the Alladale Wilderness Reserve from Alladale Lodge in Scotland. The lodge works to restore the Highland ecosystem, actively participating in the reintroduction of original plant and wildlife species and recovery of the threatened Scottish wildcat.
Wild Sumatra takes travelers jungle trekking to find Sumatran tigers and sun bears, while supporting tiger conservation projects in the Kerinci Seblat National Park and ensuring trip costs support the local economy.
Above Safaris places conservation at the forefront of its trips to witness the great migration through Serengeti National Park in Tanzania.
Cruise the Galapagos Islands, famous for amazing animal species found nowhere else in this world, with G Adventures, which includes animal welfare in its responsible tourism policies.
Global Family Travels offers a family-friendly safari in Zimbabwe complete with game drives, walking safaris and a day at the Painted Dog Research Trust to learn about one of the most rare species on the continent in the field.
Whether at home or abroad, Impact Travel Alliance encourages all travelers to support local Earth Day celebrations on April 22, and to take action through a Billion Acts of Green.
Earth Day Network’s mission is to diversify, educate and activate the environmental movement worldwide. Growing out of the first Earth Day, Earth Day Network is the world’s largest recruiter to the environmental movement, working with more than 75,000 partners in nearly 192 countries to build environmental democracy. More than 1 billion people now participate in Earth Day activities each year, making it the largest civic observance in the world. For more information, go to earthday.org.
Impact Travel Alliance is the world's largest community for impact-focused travelers and travel professionals. The organization aims to educate and empower travelers on how to spend their money mindfully so that their experiences empower locals and protect our environment. ITA is an independent 501(c)3 nonprofit with a highly engaged and active global community with 30 local chapters in cities around the world. For more information, visit impacttravelalliance.org.