While doing his master's 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.
Mark's travels over the years have taken him to Uganda, Rwanda, Kenya, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Madagascar, Mexico, Alaska, Brazil, Canada, Scotland, India, Nepal, Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Belgium, Germany, The Netherlands, Sweden, England, Turkey, and Honduras. Top on his bucket list are Antarctica, Botswana, Namibia, the Galapagos and China.
In his work at Nat Hab as manager of our pre-departure communications, Mark hopes to send travelers off not just with packing lists, but 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. Mark is also a proud member of Nat Hab’s Green Team, which actively looks for ways to increase the sustainability of our office and our trips.
“One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things.” — Henry Miller