Successful wildlife viewing and conservation field work are as much a matter of practice as knowledge.
How we engage with –or simply put ‘behave in’– a sanctuary or zoo, in the wild, and with our fellow visitors, volunteers & leaders on-site is absolutely critical.
Good behavior is very rewarding for both us humans and wildlife. Bad behavior –often more the result of ignorance than an intended act– can be detrimental to a project we are volunteering for, to a species we are observing, and to the whole group that we are part of. It is not unheard of that a person jeopardizes the safety of mission or a tour as a result of non intended recklessness, or that our ignorance actually fuels the extinction of a species…
The EwA etiquettes are here to help. They provide a framework in which we can feel empowered, knowing that we are acting with the environment in mind. They give keys to behaving responsibly when volunteering for conservation, leading a conservation volunteering mission, or simply enjoying a walk or a trek in nature, in a sanctuary, etc.
The EwA Wildness Etiquette — The rules of conduct of the EwA nature lover and photographer, so that we enjoy wildlife ethically and therefore protect it!
The EwA Zoogoer Etiquette — The rules of conduct of the EwA zoogoer, so that we enjoy wildlife empathically and ethically, while improving captivity standards!
The EwA Leader Etiquette — Our personal code of conduct, aligned with our values system, shapes the minds of onlookers. The EwA leader leads by example and help shape our future leaders.
The EwA Volunteer Etiquette — If our hopes of building a better and safer world are to become more than wishful thinking, we will need the engagement of volunteers more than ever. This includes conservation and wildlife volunteers, and we need them to be governed by a strong understanding of environmental ethics. That is what the EwA volunteers are, and this is the etiquette we adopt.