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Bird trails to attract tourists to regional NSW

Bird trails to attract tourists to regional NSW | The Insight Files | Scoop.it
It is hoped a new bird trail along the Macquarie River will attract bird watchers from Australia and around the world.
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How wildlife tourism and zoos can protect animals in the wild

How wildlife tourism and zoos can protect animals in the wild | The Insight Files | Scoop.it

"Fewer than 2,000 orangutans are left living in the wild in the Malaysian state of Sarawak, with nearly all truly wild ones confined to a remote site on the Indonesian border. It’s why thousands of tourists and local Sarawak people come to places like this – the popular Semenggoh Nature Reserve – to see orangutans semi-wild in a reserve or captive in a rehabilitation centre.


Our new research has found that some 40% of the tourists to Semenggoh said they had come to Sarawak primarily to see orangutans. We also discovered something more surprising: that international tourists visiting Semenggoh said they would be happy not to see these wild orangutans, just so long as the orangutans were being conserved.


This finding – published in the latest edition of the journal Conservation & Society – is significant for global conservation efforts, because it suggests that the wildlife experience can be separated from the wild life. And that could benefit both tourists and animals still living in the wild."

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WorldWideExperience's curator insight, May 21, 2014 7:49 AM

Animal conservation at it's best...working for both tourism and animal welfare.

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Intrepid Travel ends elephant rides

Intrepid Travel ends elephant rides | The Insight Files | Scoop.it

"Intrepid Travel has become the first global tour operator to stop offering elephant rides as part of its itineraries. 

The Melbourne-based adventure travel company ended elephant rides and visits to elephant-based attractions on all of its trips earlier this year, following a three-year research process to assess the welfare of captive elephants in Asia."

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Million dollar Manta rays: tourist attractions and why it pays to preserve wildlife

Million dollar Manta rays: tourist attractions and why it pays to preserve wildlife | The Insight Files | Scoop.it
Imagine Paris without the Eiffel Tower, or Cairo without the pyramids? For some countries, losing their iconic wildlife would be like losing these tourist attractions, says Bradnee Chambers in this guest commentary.
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