I recently created a project where I compiled observations of wildlife tourism activities in Peru and the nearby borders that I believe need to be changed. These include wildlife selfies, capturing wild animals just for selfies (this is quite controversial, specially for herpers!), and feeding wildlife (feeders).
I’m not against posting these photos on iNat, as I think it’s a good wayto keep track of which species are affected, where is this happening, and what’s the tourist interest when interacting with wildlife.
In these last days I’ve come across two articles that show how bad these problems might be, and that tourists and tourism agencies where purposely ignoring:
These show that there’re more impact to feeding wildlife than we previously thought. The impact of wildlife selfies has been lately covered vastly by natgeo, but it’s still going strong in some countries like mine.
So if you know these activities happen in your country, I recommend you compile them in a project to better understand the issue, hopefully this way we can gather enough data to propose a solution to our different governments.