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The Horrible Truth About Animal Sanctuaries.

Animal and wildlife sanctuaries are a huge part of the gap year industry now, with countless travellers, backpackers and tourists alike all hoping to get up close and personal with some of their favourite wild animal. 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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No More Tiger Selfies.

Despite numerous attempts to shut the Tiger Temple in Thailand down, confiscate the tigers and even ban the monks from making a profit, tourists still line up to have their photo taken in a $3 million a year industry. It has to stop, and backpackers are the ones with the power to do it.

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Why Are People Still Visiting Thailand’s Tiger Temple?

Despite all the allegations of abuse, all the evidence of abuse, the temple being repeatedly raided and shut down and reopened, tourists still visit the hell hole of abuse that is Thailand’s Tiger Temple! Why?

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An Unconscionable Coffee Delicacy. Should Travellers Be Drinking Kopi Luwak?

Kopi Luwak is a gourmet coffee, a delicacy around the world that is made from the fermented coffee beans excreted by an Asian palm civet. Essentially it is poo coffee. But as much as that divides coffee lovers into those who want the ultimate delicacy or those who are too squeamish to drink it, is that the thing coffee lovers should be most disgusted about? Is the fact that Kopi Luwak is unethical, irresponsible and harmful to the animals not more to the point?

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Visiting The Dragos Voda Bison Reserve In Romania.

The Dragos Voda Bison Reserve in Romania is getting the balance between tourism and conservation absolutely right, and by succeeding in their mission to prevent these animals from going extinct they are the perfect example of how tourism and zoo breeding programmes can have a positive impact.

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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. Here is how you can help.

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