I hate to see animals locked inside a cage. As in zoos. That’s why I admire the cities, communities, and Government authorities that do animal tourism the responsible/right way: Letting animals stay in their natural environment, and enabling humans to visit them without disturbing their activities in any way.
Melbourne, Australia, seems to have got that spot-on. I think this city is a good tourist option for animal lovers. Just have a look at two of their flagship tourism initiatives:
1. Seal Watching at Seal Rocks, Phillip Island:
This two-hour cruise enables tourists to visit and see Australia’s wild fur seal colony on Seal Rocks, off Phillip Island, on a boat. The boat comes within a few meters to let tourists see thousands of seals in their natural environment. Don’t you think this is a noble tourism initiative when compared to capturing animals and locking them in zoos? Zoos not only stuff animals/birds into small enclosures, but they also do it in a location that is not their natural habitat. High-time this nonsense called zoo is abolished.
2. Penguin Parade, Phillip Island:
The Penguin Parade is also located in Phillip Island, Australia. It is the third largest tourist attraction in Australia! It seems, this place is home to more than 32,000 little penguins which would fill the hearts of any animal lover with delight!
Again, sighting Penguins in their natural enclosure (and even building small homes for them) is much better than capturing Penguins and putting them inside little cages in zoos just because people in cities are too lazy to travel.
If you are an animal lover, I hope you’ll consider visiting Phillip Island in Australia, where they do responsible wild-life tourism, the way it needs to be done. I hope other places and countries follow suit, and abolish zoos at the earliest.
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