If you’ve been following our journey at Terra Incognita, you’ll know how incredibly passionate we are about promoting ethical ecotourism – tourism that drives positive change for people and wildlife. We’ve worked hard to discover and promote ethical ecotourism providers worldwide, who continue to amaze us. We’ve also connected with a global network of bloggers…

614, the total number of bird species that were counted in Kenya on Global Big Day, Saruni contemplated. On this day birders all over the world took part in counting birds. In a country home to an impressive 1,100 bird species, Saruni was glad to have made his participation count. As some of his friends…

Whether you rely on your smartphone or prefer to juggle a massive zoom lens, more people than ever are photographing animals! With this surge in pictures snapped comes the responsibility of practicing ethical habits for wildlife. No matter if you consider yourself an amateur, professional, or even call yourself a photographer at all – if…

Travelling responsibly is the tourists’ way of ensuring that they support sustainable tourism – tourism that accounts for and manages its economic, social and environmental impacts. In simple terms it implies that travellers are willing to go the extra mile to protect people’s sources of livelihoods (including landscapes and wildlife), which is one of tourism’s…

Elephants are enormous animals that are an enormous business for tourist destinations. Offering interactions such as shows, elephant rides, bathing or simply using them as photo props for selfies. World Animal Protection, an international non-profit animal welfare organization, has surveyed the tourism industry throughout Asia and counted over 3,800 captive elephants across many countries. The…

No matter how far you travel, or which hidden corner of the world you reach, and no matter how great the cultural differences between these corners seem to be, there is one thing that every form of society has in common: They are all based on agriculture. Certainly, in western civilizations, the dependency on countrymen…

Tens of millions of people will go whale watching in this New Year. Seeing these marine giants is a bucket-list topper and a lifelong dream for many to check off. When done right, whale watching can go further than just being a memorable experience. Ethical whale watching can foster environmental stewards and help protect whales…

When we wrote ‘Into 2020‘, we couldn’t have imagined the challenging and unpredictable year in store – particularly for the ecotourism industry. When the global pandemic first hit and international travel ground to a standstill, many ecotourism businesses lost their main income source overnight. But they didn’t lose their passion, creativity or determination. We’ve been…

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