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The Good And The Bad Of Elephant Tourism In Sri Lanka.

Elephant Safaris are a major part of Sri Lanka’s eco tourism industry, but are they all as responsible as they claim to be?

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The Horrible Truth About Animal Sanctuaries.

Animal and wildlife sanctuaries are a huge part of the gap year industry now, and there are a lot of great sanctuaries that do so much good for wildlife care and conservation, but not all of these sanctuaries are what they seem and many often do far more harm than good. Read on and learn the real truth behind many of these so called sanctuaries. 

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Thailand’s Cruel Tiger Temple Finally Shut Down.

After years of false starts, impotent warnings and failed attempts, the Thai authorities have finally grown a backbone and confiscated all of the tigers in the infamous tiger temple, essentially shutting it down, and it is about damn time.

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How Travellers Can Make A Difference On World Elephant Day.

August 12 is World Elephant Day, a day designed to bring attention to the plight of the Asian and African elephant and the numerous threats they face, and raise awareness of how close we are to losing these magnificent creatures to extinction forever. Although travel and tourism has the potential to play a huge role in conservation efforts, unfortunately it still also plays a huge role in the negative impact on the elephant population and it is up to us as travellers to make sure that we play our part in having a positive impact instead.

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Wildlife Tourism Without Wildlife Harm. Is It Possible?

Wildlife tourism is coming under increasing scrutiny in recent years, and rightly so, but is all wildlife tourism bad? Does any attraction involving any animal always harm the animals involved? Or can some wildlife tourism be a positive force for good in the conservation chain? The truth isn’t as black and white as some people are starting to think. If you want to see or interact with wildlife on your travels, follow these simple steps for responsible wildlife tourism. 

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Responsible Tourism: Rhino Conservations Secret Weapon?

African rhinos will be extinct in the wild in less than twenty years, and conservation efforts are not working. Something drastic needs to be done now to stop the inevitable death of this magnificent species. Can responsible tourism be the answer?

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TBEX Dolphin Tours Cancelled In Cancun.

The boycott of TBEX has had a resounding success, with Cancun finally pulling any dolphin experience as part of any pre or post TBEX experience!

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Wildlife Tourism Ethics And Practices Debate, A Response To TBEX.

A few nights ago I took part in an online Google hangout with a number of other speakers to debate the ethics and practices of captive marine animals and wildlife tourism. If you missed it, the full archived version can

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Why I Won’t Be Attending TBEX Cancun.

TBEX Cancun is supporting unethical captive dolphin tourism, and I cannot condone that or support it.

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How To Volunteer With Wildlife On Your Gap Year.

Wildlife conservation volunteering is the perfect opportunity to protect endangered species and make sure your gap year has a positive impact, but it is essential that it is done responsibly and ethically because it is all too easy to get it wrong and support an abusive, exploitative industry that only cares about making profit. Here is how you can make sure you do the right research, ask the right questions and volunteer for wildlife conservation projects in the right way.

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