Introducing kids to the real wildlife in the wild
Do you have kids? Love interacting with them? Or even baby sit them for your friends, neighbours, family , among others.
Have you ever think about animation and their effect on kids?
Tv shows, movies and any other media contents is mainly animated. Almost everything in the kids world is in animation mode. Kids get an opportunity to be introduced to “animals” from their early age.
They are able to relate to the characters easily and end up having a good connection with animals. This might explain why kids easily connect with their pets.
They treat them with respect, see them as friends and will do anything to protect them. They don’t discriminate , as they will play with pets of other kids. They have a lot of love to share around. Maybe we share learn from them and kill all the hatred we hide inside our dark souls. That end up causing us to be tribalism, racist, terrorists, just to name a few.
I personally love animation with the many years that I have. I love cartoons too and definitely love babies. Still waiting to have some of my own some day.
The animation helps to create characters that helps to bring different behaviors out. There are both good and bad ones. A kid can easily judge an animal from what they see on their animation stuff.
They end up knowing animals to be just like others. But get corrupted when they grow older. Sad.
Have you heard the assumption that animals no matter how dangerous they may be rarely hurt kids?
It has been said, filmed or even looked into. And many tend to believe that animals will rarely harm kids when they cross roads.
Maybe its because unlike older people, they don’t panic hence not producing adrenaline that cause us to wanna protect ourselves. By either running away, hitting back at animals or doing anything that will get us out of such situations.
For them, it will be just relating to their characters in real life. So they animals will end up not seeing them as a threat .
Wow! I already missed being a baby.
Start with baby steps
Conservation need us to teach kids about it from their early stages. So how do we teach them about protecting their characters in our real world.
- You can start by taking them to the man-made places that hosts wildlife in captivity. These places include zoos, sanctuary, nature parks, orphanages, etc. This will help them see wildlife at a closer view as you try to break it down as simply as you can to them.
Teach them about their importance and ways to ensure their survival.
Not that hard, right? Baby steps always works to the best.
- Remember to expose them to the wildlife documentaries.
Watch together with them. Give explanation when need be and initiate conversation. They can learn a lot from this.
Not only does they get to have knowledge about wildlife, you get an opportunity to connect with your kids.
Time to hit the road
With all the preparations, it’s time to test your work in the fields. Start including them in your safaris.
Allow them an opportunity to finally meet the wildlife in the wild.