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Whether home or abroad, it is helpful to visit protected sites as interest and revenue keep them alive.

Conservation sites are not there to bar wildlife from everyone around it.

They keep the wilderness in the area healthy so species within the site can thrive.

In most cases this means protecting species from human threats, including hunters and industrial progression.

Those with genuine curiosity and non-threatening intentions shouldn’t feel put off. Not only can you visit these breathtakingly unspoilt areas, there are times when you are encouraged to. Visiting conservation sites benefits them and you. In addition to the knowledge you gain, your visit helps keep the site financially afloat.

It is great to visit conservation areas within your own community, so do a little research on areas nearby and spend a weekend exploring. You may be surprised what lies just a few miles away from your own home.

If you plan to travel to a foreign destination, why not look into their local conservation sites as well? This way you can support your host destination’s community and keep their natural wonders safe from ‘progress’ and decay.

You needn’t look hard to find conservation sites. These areas can be national parks and forests, nature centers, or protected reefs. You’ll also find that many zoos focus on conservation and more are beginning to adopt similar practices.

Other conservation areas can included nature trails and hikes, as well as lakes and rivers. In some cases an entire village or community works to conserve the surrounding area. If you can, travel to those communities as you can learn a lot about natural preservation during your stay.

If you wish to partake in conservation abroad, there are countless opportunities found on the web. Companies such as Responsible Travel offer itineraries for activities such as wolf spotting in France or shark conservation in South Africa. These focus on getting tourists involved in foreign communities. This allows you to not only see wild animals and habitats, but enables you to perform hands on work to help save them.

If you wish to forgo a ‘packaged deal’, simply search for conservation sites in the area you’ll be visiting.

Just remember to spend your free time and money locally.

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