Whether you are a volunteer or a tourist, the same rules apply when it comes to the welfare of wild animals. Ask yourself these questions:
Is this for my own sake, or the animals?
Is this natural behaviour for the animal?
How would I behave if I was tired of strangers being around?
How close do I want a stranger to come?
What is my personal code when dealing with wild animals?
If you have not yet developed a personal code for working or just being in the wild, I will help you create one.
You can then pass that information on to your network, family and friends so they can begin to understand how animals are being abused for the selfish needs and monetary gain of some people and organizations.
It is IMPORTANT to say NO to the organization you work for if they allow you to go beyond an animal’s natural requirements. It is hard to know those boundaries if you have not seen an animal in its natural habitat or are unaware of what other organizations are doing. This is why the need for education is so vital!