Affordable Animal Conservation Vacations with SEEtheWILD
VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA, November 28, 2016 – Spending time to help out wild animals is a good thing. Nature’s brilliant design and bio-diversity elicits a response of awe and wonder, provoking a deep sense of well-being and physiological health. Most of us in the west live in isolation from nature and many perceive that first-hand conservation adventures are too rich for an average budget, however this isn’t the case.
Aaron Smith, CEO of SEEtheWILD, the leading online wildlife conservation travel directory notes, “From swimming with whale sharks to helping save sea turtles, responsible wildlife encounters aren’t as out of reach as you may think. By taking part in programs such as these, travellers will create a downstream legacy far more valuable than the alternative.”
The mission of SEEtheWILD is to promote best in class conservation tours that support threatened wildlife around the world. SEEtheWILD partner operators allow travellers to directly support wildlife conservation efforts through educational programs. These give travellers first hand opportunities to learn about issues impacting wildlife, the environment, and local communities.
Here is SEEtheWILD’s top list of responsible and affordable animal vacations.
Swim With Whale Sharks, Mexico with Reefs to Rockies - The “island of women”, located 10 miles of the coast of Cancun, Mexico, is the perfect place to dive into the water and be surrounded by wildlife and stunning coral sculptures. The Whale Shark Biosphere Reserve protects 145,988 acres of surface area and below of water swimming with the largest living fish, the gentle whale shark. Snorkel around the island and get up close and personal with these giant spotted fish. The 5-day program available from June through August is priced at $825 USD per person and includes accommodations, two days of whale shark tours with lunch, snorkeling tour near Isla Mujeres, local guides, and accommodations. A donation to whale shark conservation efforts will be made on behalf of all trip participants.
Gray Whales & Espíritu Santo Island, Mexico with Red Travel Mexico – Enjoy the best that nature has to offer in Baja California Sur on this 5-day adventure that takes you from the Gulf of California to the Pacific coast. Observe the gray whales in Magdalena Bay, the final stop in their incredible yearly migration. While here, explore the sand dunes and mangrove canals that make this place the “jewel of the Pacific.” Back on the Gulf of California, you will experience Espíritu Santo Island, a UNESCO World Heritage Site where you can snorkel with sea lions and explore this majestic island paradise. Starting at $855 USD person, the package includes 3-nights in La Paz, 2 gray whale watching expeditions, ground transportation from La Paz to Magdalena Bay and back, regional gourmet cuisine, 1-night in Magdalena Bay and a Espíritu Santo Island getaway.
Nicaragua Sea Turtle Research, Nicaragua with SEETurtles - Volunteer to help the critically endangered hawksbill sea turtle while exploring a beautiful mangrove estuary. Join SeeTurtles for a unique volunteer vacation to a remote corner of Nicaragua. Spend a week working to help the critically endangered hawksbill sea turtle while exploring a beautiful mangrove estuary. Padre Ramos Estuary, Nicaragua is one of only two major nesting areas for the critically endangered hawksbill sea turtle in the Eastern Pacific. On this trip, you will work hands on with local conservationists to study and protect hawksbills and explore a beautiful and quiet part of the country. The 8-day package is priced at $1295 USD per person and includes in-country transport, meals, lodging, activities, guides, and a donation to turtle conservation that will help to save at least 100 hatchlings per participant.
Wildlife Rescue Center, Costa Rica with Love Volunteers - Join a heart-warming program in Costa Rica and help with the rescue and rehabilitation of wildlife. Groups of animals from birds to primates and reptiles that are indigenous to Costa Rica are at risk of losing their habitats from deforestation, poaching and trafficking. This program works for the rescue of these animals and the return of them to their natural habitats. Volunteers on this project play an essential role in the care of the rescued including Cleaning animal enclosures, feeding animals and assisting with emergency medical treatment when required. The 7-day program starts at $250 USD per person and includes accommodation, food, orientation, in country transportation and support staff throughout the duration of the volunteer placement.
Leatherback Volunteer Vacation, Costa Rica with SEETurtles - Enjoy all that the Caribbean coast of Costa Rica has to offer by taking part in local giant sea turtle conservation efforts by night and explore the flora and fauna of the rainforest by day. Join local researchers at a remote research station and help search for leatherback turtles and ensure eggs are moved to the safety of hatching sites. Turtles will not be the only wildlife encounter; volunteers may catch sight of sloths, monkeys, and many more in the wildlife rich jungles. During your time off, explore the area, help clean the beach, or simply kick back, and relax in a hammock. The 4-day program starts at $1295 USD per person and includes in-country transport, meals, lodging, activities, guides, and a donation to turtle conservation that will help to save at least 100 hatchlings per participant.
SEEtheWILD is the leading wildlife conservation travel website directory. Since 2012, SEEtheWILD has partnered with the world’s most acclaimed adventure travel and ecotourism organizations including Inteprid Travel, Earthwatch Institute, Natural Habitat Adventures, Animal Experience International, Red Travel Mexico, and Global Vision International offering more than 100 trips around the world. For more information about SEEtheWILD’s projects, visit www.SEEtheWILD.org.
Sonya Hwang, Ki Communications
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