Home to the oldest rainforest in the world, Borneo enjoys a level of biodiversity seen in no other place on the planet. The unique habitats and sheer stretch of lowland forest, though severely impacted by deforestation during the past 50 years, create individual and isolated homes for species not seen anywhere else on the planet. Around 100 species found on the island are endemic to Borneo, including proboscis monkeys, Bornean orangutans, and Borneo pygmy elephants.
Conservation of local habitats and wildlife is one of the key tenets of our sustainable travel pledge at ETG. We believe that tourism, done the right way, can actively promote conservation in our destinations. In areas such as Borneo, where huge areas of ancient rainforest are under threat, responsible travel schemes are one of the few means of protecting the land. Wildlife rehabilitation centres which protect rare and endangered species are largely funded by tourism and, when travelling with an expert guide, you can encounter these creatures ethically and safely.
But how do we know which conservation schemes really fulfil all their promises? How do you see through ‘green-washing’ and have a holiday that genuinely makes a difference?
Working with a reputable tour operator is one way, of course, as we fully vet our partners before promoting their services. This blog, too, will delve into many of the issues surrounding conservation in Asia and how to make sure your trip has a positive impact. You can take a look at our sustainable travel page for more information or get in touch with a member of our team.
Founder of Gal Oya Lodge, Sangjay, shares his tips for travelling like an ‘insider’ in Gal Oya National Park – home to herds of elephants, crocodiles and various bird life. From joining local naturalists on wildlife research missions, to walking with Vedha chiefs through ancient forests, to enjoying boat safaris spotting elephants – he details how to make the best of your visit.
With the start of Slow Loris Outreach Week (SLOW), it’s fitting we turn our attention to one of the most cute and intriguing animals on Earth.
Sad news from Vietnam, where the WWF and other wildlife and conservation organisations have announced that they believe the last remaining Vietnamese Rhino has been poached. The Javan Rhino had…
Dilemmas in the development of tourism in Sri Lanka
We reproduce here a letter which was published in the Sunday Times (Sri Lanka) concerning some of the challenges the government and tourism industry faces as it evolves in the…