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Study says safaris stress animals

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The animals in the wild get stressed when humans come too close during the safari.

According to the new research, the impact of safari tours on wildlife can lead to aggravated behaviour.

The research conducted by Isabelle Szott of Liverpool John Moores University in South Africa says that tourists on safari cause damage to elephants’ health by scaring them, stressing them out, and making them more violent to humans and each other.

“Tourists who wish to observe animals in their natural habitat should be aware of their potential negative effects on animal welfare,” Szott explained.

Szott says that the elephants who experience frustration and stress may also be targeted by other herd members. This can lead to aggressive behaviour towards people in vehicles.

“We suggest a consistent minimum distance from the nearest individual, especially upon first approach, should be introduced to guidelines for wildlife viewing to alleviate the potential for conflict,” she said.

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