Animal tourism is most beneficial to the environment when the industry overlaps with ecotourism. Organizations that combine wildlife interactions with habitat education play a large role in spreading conservation information.
The industry inspires tourists to use their newfound knowledge to conserve habitats themselves. Seeing the affected animals makes environmental concerns even more poignant to visitors. Direct interactions can especially lead people to make lifelong commitments to wildlife and habitat conservation.
Economic incentive is also an important contributor to environmental protection. For visitors to support animal tourism industries, locals must prevent habitat destruction so that wildlife can thrive and continue to attract attention. A successful animal tourism industry thus protects the environment
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