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Tourism – poaching’s silent witness

In 2011 tourism contributed R83,4-billion to South Africa’s GDP and last year more than 9-million tourists splashed out R76,4-billion across the country. As a major economic driver, South Africa’s tourism industry has traditionally been in a position of strength when applying pressure on the government to respond to major issues which negatively affect it. Likewise,…
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The world’s best ecotour

The Nam Nern Night Safari has been voted as the World Responsible Tourism Award for Best for Responsible Wildlife Experience at the World Travel Mart in London. The tour uses local community initiatives, supported by the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), to give tourists a unique insight into the wildlife of Lao wildlife. 14 partner communities, the Lao DPR government and…
The most damaging flight path for ozone production has been revealed.

The worst flight path for ozone production revealed

Flying is always going to be a polluting way of travel unless technology takes a big step forward. But it seems that some flights are more damaging for local pollution levels and local climate change than others. Aircraft produces ozone in the upper atmosphere but some areas are more prone to ozone production than others. A…
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Manta Ray tourism worth $140 million a year

Swimming with manta rays is one of the highlights for any scuba diver and can be a valuable source of money and jobs for local people. The latest estimate for the value of manta ray tourism has been put at USD140 million a year. Just 10 countries account for 93% of the value and manta…
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The travelling dolphin circuses of Indonesia

Indonesia is the last bastion of one of the worst examples of treatment of dolphins in the world. It is here that the last three travelling dolphin circuses exist, despite being declared illegal by authorities. The three companies are left unchallenged by the government to transport dolphins around in unsuitable and harmful conditions despite Forestry…
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Minister calls for shoot to kill policy in Botswana

The Deputy Speaker of the Botswana Parliament, Pono Moatlhodi, has called for the immediate introduction of a shoot to kill policy to tackle poachers targeting rhino and elephants in the country. His call for a new tougher stance against the poachers comes just days after Mozambique declared that the Limpopo National Park lost its last…
Spinner dolphins

Tourism fears as dolphins blown up

A visit to Tanzania is a wildlife lover’s dream. It is a leading destination for safaris and many happy memories are made there. However there are fears that tourists in some parts are leaving with gruesome memories of dynamite-fisherman targeting dolphins for use as bait in the profitable shark-fin trade. The Secretary of the Tanga…
Doisuthep national park

The Good and Bad of Wildlife Apps

Smartphones can really help people to enjoy wildlife and nature reserves but they can also take away some of the excitement and mystery of going out exploring and not knowing what species you will encounter. Can we miss out on so much the nature has too offer because we are more interested in ticking our…
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World’s biggest aquarium opens in Singapore

The world’s largest freshwater aquarium has opened to the public at the nature themed River Safari park in Singapore. The aquarium seeks to highlight the wealth of species that live in the Amazon River of South America. Exhibits include manatees that have been moved to the aquarium from their previous home at Singapore Zoo. The…
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Is Bali about to ban shark fishing?

There are hints that a new shark and manta ray sanctuary is about to be formed at Bali. Last month the underwater paradise of Raja Ampat in West Papua, Indonesia banned the fishing of sharks and rays in it’s coral reefs and set up a shark sanctuary – the first in the so called Coral…
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Attenborough’s Africa leads a safari renaissance

Sir David Attenborough’s latest BBC series Africa has relaunched the safari tourism trade and with modern internet sharing and online watching it is not just the British audience that have been inspired to look again at the African safari for a holiday this year. Many safari holiday operators have had a tough few years with…
Rubondo Island Lodge

Our top 10 wildlife holiday hotspots for 2013

Wildlife holidays are always popular and with such a vast range of destinations to choose from it can be difficult to decide on where to go for your vacation. New developments are constantly being built to help people enjoy the local wildlife and to bring previously inaccessible places within reach of normal people. These are…
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Tourists take priority over tigers in Uttarakhand

Conservation activists have made claims that since tiger reserves in Uttarakhand were reopened looking after tourists has become more important than looking after the tigers. While tigers are under threat of poaching tiger reserve rangers and their vehicles are tied up in buying and cooking food for the tourists. A directive by the Corbett Tiger…

Birds or gorillas – the future for Uganda ecotourism

There’s a bit of a debate growing in Uganda over which brings in more money birdwatching or gorilla watching. Nature Uganda, the country’s natural history society, has released figures that claim that birdwatchers contribute more to the tourism industry than gorilla watching. The Uganda Wildlife Authority though disputes that claim but does say that birdwatching…