South Africa’s wildlife petting industry has suffered some massive blows recently.
Two incidents occurred at the Emdoneni Lodge in Zululand, while one attack in Limpopo resulted in the death of a young boy.
The result of these incidents is massive pressure from conservation groups to restrict these interactions.
The CEO of SA Tourism, Sisa Ntshona, weighed in on the matter and stated that he plans on eliminating close interactions with wild animals.
This matter is not as black or white as it seems, however. A lot of these game farms are big on conservation, which is funded in part by wildlife interactions. The counter argument to this is that conservations could be funded by other means.
Wildlife interactions have been under discussions for a few years, with most animal behaviourists agreeing that it’s not ideal.
Wild animals that have grown accustomed to human interference are difficult to rehabilitate, if it’s even possible at all. Then there’s the argument that no animal should ever be caged for human entertainment. If you wish to see an animal up close, it should be on its terms.
Watch the video below and decide for yourself.