At the start of the year, we proposed places to travel to save the planet. That’s because we’ve seen the environmental good that can come when tourism dollars are used to promote the conservation of endangered places and animals. In Africa, for example, the revenue that tourism generates is credited with saving many cherished species from extinction.
Now, with the world in lockdown, African parks are hurting. The savannahs, grasslands, mountains, and other wild landscapes that are home to rare rhinos, herds of elephants, threatened cheetahs, mountain gorillas, and other threatened species are now empty of tourists.