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Ecotourism is a booming that many tour operators cite as being to nature. Every year, of people descend on protected and pristine natural to observe species. However, a new report casts doubt on the value of this of tourism. In fact, it suggests that ecotourism is more than helpful to nature. Details are in a report published in the 'Trends in Ecology and Evolution'. Researchers believe tourists are disrupting animals in their natural habitat. They pointed to a event where sea turtles in Costa Rica had problems laying their eggs because of the hordes of tourists who had congregated to watch the turtles' nesting .

The report says that ecotourism is making animals and that this could endanger the animals. A human presence might make animals tamer and cautious about other animals around them, and this could put them at of being attacked by their natural threats. "Then they will suffer higher when they encounter real predators," the report says. It added: "When animals interact in '' ways with humans, they may let down their ." The report said it was essential, "to develop a more understanding of how different species in different respond to human visitation and under what precise conditions human exposure might put them at ."

 
 

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