Is it beneficial or harmful for wild animals to have contact with humans?

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Many scientists speculate whether it is progressive for humans and animals to have contact with each other, not only for humans but also animals. Most scientists commonly answer “It depends”. Some people ask “What is the purpose of human-animal interactions?”. Well, there are a number of reasons, which I’ll address below.

Domestic Animals

Domestic animals such as dogs and cats can pose as dangers to the wild animals within parks and jungles. Both pets and humans have built up immunity to various diseases that wild animals don’t have. There are many examples of wildlife animals dying from diseases contracted from humans and their pets. Some scientists say that if pets are vaccinated there is a smaller chance of the wildlife animals contracting a disease. However, to be careful, one should keep pets away from wild animals.

Dangers of eating human food

When humans come into contact with wild animals they have a tendency to feed the animals. Wild animals are unable to digest human food. Human food is contaminated with GMOs and artificial sweeteners that wild animals digestive systems are incapable of breaking down. Furthermore, the process of wild animals becoming used to human food is known as food conditioning. Food conditioning makes wild animals actively seek out human food and that can make them dangerous.

Physical Contact

Many humans enjoy petting wild animals and touching them. This is extremely dangerous to wild animals because it can lead to them being rejected by their parents. This, in turn, makes them more vulnerable to predators and other harmful situations. Additionally, wildlife can get injured when trying to escape people.


Human intervention is necessary for the conservation of endangered animals. Although, human interaction has helped wild animals in many different ways. Allowing animals to be visited by tourists should be a monitored activity. Each animal is different, and most of them are threatened by the presence of humans. 

-Sanaa Dalvi

Author at StemTalksNC

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