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Wildlife Tourism's Six Factor Problem


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Simon King the Park Doctor speak st WTM Africa 2018

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Wildlife Tourism's Six Factor Problem

  1. 1. Wildlife tourism’s Six Factor Problem
  2. 2. “Sustainable Tourism is about helping to: “preserve and enhance the beautiful” Gail Grimmett, President, Travel Leaders Group’s Elite Travel Division A group of 7000 travel agencies, the single largest in the USA.
  3. 3. Responsible Tourism ‘First do no harm. Then do some good.’
  4. 4. Nathan Layton, 28, stopped breathing within an hour of being bitten at a Wildlife College. He and his girlfriend came here on an adventure. He died because nobody had a BVM or could manually ventilate. That’s at a training college. You can teach a lay person how to ventilate a victim, in under five minutes.
  5. 5. “this is very very sad. as Zambians we should demand for answers from the lodge operators. did they give the tourists instructions on what to do and not to do? where were the guards? safety issues are not taken seriously in our country. no wonder people go over to the Zim side. the elephant should be killed. condolences to the bereaved.”
  6. 6. But People get sick and they get hurt They travel older now. They have more medical conditions. Its not unpredictable. Its just People.
  7. 7. In Parks there is no Medical Infrastructure
  8. 8. These factors create an unsolvable problem for urban strategies Safaris involve people and people will get sick and hurt. Contractual relationships create a responsibility to handle medical. Parks have no formal infrastructure therefore no reliable medical services. The staff in camps are non- medical so a system has to be built on laypeople. Camps are small and dispersed requiring a decentralised, cellular model. Parks are remote places so getting help in or people out takes a very long time.