World-renowned ethologist and conservationist Dr. Jane Goodall believes the pandemic can be viewed as a wakeup call for how tourism impacts wildlife.
“It’s very fortunate there’s this pause and rethinking, and I think it had begun before the pandemic,” says Goodall. “As the world got wealthier and more people began to travel, in so many instances they were destroying by sheer numbers the very places that they wanted to go and see because they were wild. Culturally and environmentally, travel was going wrong.”
In order to put animals at the forefront post-pandemic, the founder of the Jane Goodall Institute, who is well known for her groundbreaking research on chimpanzees, suggests tour operators focus on smaller group sizes and spreading travellers around to lesser-known areas so they aren’t overcrowding wildlife.