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…

Do you know a ranger who deserves recognition for their work in protected areas? Would you like to see their work receive US $10,000 in funding? Nominate a ranger for the first-ever International Ranger Awards by 31st December 2020! Announcing the IUCN-WCPA International Ranger Awards The brand new International Ranger Awards will recognise the remarkable…

Are you looking for a Costa Rican experience that supports wildlife conservation and benefits local communities? A tour that multiplies its positive impact through education for everyone involved? You could find it in the Top Ethical Costa Rica Ecotours 2020! At Terra Incognita we’ve identified the Top Ethical Costa Rica Ecotours 2020. First launched in 2019,…

Whether you are craving stunning mountains, gorgeous stretches of coastline, tantalizingly blue lakes or thrashing rivers, the spellbindingly picturesque landscapes of New Zealand are not to be missed. With a variety of eco-travel experiences to impress even the most seasoned traveller, there is no shortage of places to go in New Zealand’s North Island. Geothermal…

How can travelers plan a safe eco experience? How can businesses survive and thrive during COVID-19? What’s being done to ensure true ecotourism? In this free webinar from Terra Incognita we speak to guests from TREE, Iwokrama and Adventurely about COVID-19 and the future of ecotourism. Topics we discuss How has ecotourism been affected by the COVID-19…

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