Ecotourism is booming and tour operators say this helps nature. Every year, millions of people visit natural areas to look at animals in the wild. However, a new report says this ecotourism damages nature more than it helps it. Researchers believe tourists stop animals behaving naturally in their natural habitat. Recently in Costa Rica, turtles had problems laying their eggs because of the many tourists who were on the beach to watch them.
The report says that ecotourism is making animals bolder. Animals who often see humans will become tamer. They become less cautious about other animals. This puts them at risk of being attacked by their natural predators, so more of them will be killed. The report also said it was essential to understand more about how different species respond to humans, and how this might put them at risk.