The world is an amazing place, and there is so much to learn about it, especially in regards to the nearly countless types of animals species there are on the planet. Learning about animals is not only a hobby for children, adults too have placed an importance on the concern for animals, now more than ever.
While exploring and learning about animals and their habitats can enrich you as a person, sadly, if there aren’t checks and balances established to restrict human progress and the development of large areas of land, there won’t be much, if any, of the world left to explore. Or worse, animal species will become extinct because there isn’t anymore natural habitat for them to live.
Every day, large areas of wild lands in Australia are destroyed to make way for industrial and commercial purposes. Land is cut, burnt, or razed to the ground to make way for factories, plantations, or other commercial purposes, resulting in the dwindling or elimination of habitats that once housed hundreds, if not thousands of animals. Humanity is growing, it’s true, but the world’s natural resources and wild life are shrinking smaller by the day.
Protecting Nature Means Protecting Ourselves and Our World
Not a lot of people notice the impact that human ‘progress’ has on nature itself, and if they do, that focus is specifically set on one problem – air pollution, light pollution, overpopulation – instead of understanding that the problem is a many-headed hydra, each feeding off of the other and contributing to the collective ruination. But how do we address the issue when it seems larger than life?
The Answer: Wildlife Interaction and Education
Wildlife interaction posits that if people interacted more with the natural world around them, they would be able to understand exactly how invasive the human species is becoming, empathise with other living creatures, and hopefully cultivate a desire to try to stop or at least slow down the effects of un-symbiotic modernisation practices of land development.
In this respect, exposing individuals to animals of different species makes a person see that animals are thinking and feeling beings, with their own habits, quirks, mannerisms and autonomy. They no longer become just ‘animals’, but beings in their own respect that deserve to be protected, and their habitat preserved and treated with dignity.
Black Snake Productions offers wildlife interaction and education programs that are meant to expose people of all ages to the plight of the animal species in Australia. Through a hands on education experience with animals, it is hoped that people will be motivated to protect nature as the main means of ultimately safe-guarding the planet, and the future of humanity.