Ecotourism is a revenue producing commodity
which makes use of the indigenous animal and plant species
in a given
area to generate income through ecological tourism. EcoTourism
stimulates an interest and helps develop an understanding
of the natural wonders of the world with a resulting financial
benefit for conservation. Ideally, tours will minimize
impact on local terrain and build environmental awareness,
cultural education and teach respect for our planet's fragile
There are major efforts in place and in progress to educate
the local people of the monetary value of tourism into
these areas. People travel the world over in the hopes
of being able to see or photograph our planets rare and
endangered species of animals and plants. Often times tours
are conducted within the confines of our National Game
Preserves such as Kruger National Park and in other controlled
areas. There are also many resources available for private
guided tours for us to see the wonders of nature.
Ecotourism is very popular in Alaska, the Amazon, Belize,
Costa Rica, Egypt, the Galapagos Islands, India and throughout
the whole continent of Africa including Botswana, Kenya,
Namibia, South Africa, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
Education of the local people is the major key to the
continued survival of many species now threatened or endangered.
These animals and plants are worth more to the local people
alive than dead or destroyed. The prospect of EcoTourism
generating an income is a major incentive and gives us
great hope for them to protect and preserve the animals,
plants and the habitats if man is to find a way to coexist
with the indigenous species. Many conservationists believe
EcoTourism is the key to sound ecological solutions and
success in global conservation..