There are two ways to travel – you can pass through a place, or you can immerse yourself in it. Travel that is steeped in knowledge and awareness gives the visitor a richer experience and shows respect to destinations and their communities. Mark has spent over 20 years working in conservation and travel and is passionate about helping people learn about and explore the amazing places this world has to offer.
While doing his Masters research on Conservation Education in Murchison Falls National Park, Uganda, he realized that in many parts of the world, wildlife conservation and tourism are intimately connected. Tourism funds the operations of national parks, helps people around the world care about threatened and endangered species and, when done right, incentivizes local communities to be partners in conservation by bringing in much-needed income. On the other side of the equation, active conservation efforts protect the beautiful places and charismatic species that people want to see. If people stop visiting national parks and other protected areas, those sanctuaries will not survive long.
In his work at Nat Hab, Mark hopes to send travelers off with an understanding of the conservation issues in their destinations and a belief that they can have a positive impact on the world around them.
“One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things.” – Henry Miller