Putting nature at the heart of tourism: Inglorious Bustards’ Flyway Promise

In 2019 responsible ecotourism operator Inglorious Bustards launched their Flyway Promise, a comprehensive commitment to nature and the environment that seeks to have a positive impact on their surroundings – the East Atlantic flyway. We caught up with conservationists Simon and Niki to learn more about the concept they’ve coined #FlywayBirding and how they’re putting conservation action and education at the heart of their business. How did your focus on sustainability and ecotourism come about? We both worked for conservation organisations for most of our previous careers – that work is a passion and a way of life, not just …

Read more

On World Reef Day, let’s consider sunscreen…

You may have heard that sunscreen is bad for coral reefs, but do you know what it actually does once in the ocean? Wildlife Blogger of the Year 2018 Finalist and Marine Biologist Hannah Rudd shares some sunscreen science and tips for minimising damage from sunscreen. Coral reefs are often romantically described as the tropical rainforests of the sea, buzzing with life like an underwater metropolis. Home to 25% of known marine life, these ocean ecosystems cover around 0.1% of the planets surface. With staggering levels of biodiversity, it’s about time that we celebrated these ecosystems and the services they …

Read more

Search begins for top responsible Costa Rica eco tours

It’s the country that first springs to mind when we hear the term ‘ecotourism’ and for good reason. With 25% of the country protected in parks and reserves (the largest percentage in the world), an estimated 5% of the world’s biodiversity packed into just 0.03% of its surface area, and high safety compared to other Latin American countries – Costa Rica is practically bursting with ecotourism opportunities. Many of the country’s national parks have gained international renown for their biodiversity, including Corcovado National Park, home to big cats, tapirs and monkeys; Tortuguero National Park, a vital nesting ground for Endangered …

Read more
Whale Shark Top Tours

Search begins for the world’s top responsible whale shark tours

Picture the moment: you’re finning your way just below the ocean’s warm surface waters when you catch your first glimpse of a majestic shape gliding towards you – 12 metres long, yet completely docile – and time stops as you momentarily share this creature’s world. The thrill of witnessing whale sharks, the gentle giants of our oceans, has captivated travellers the world over, from Africa and Australia to Central America and Southeast Asia. But if not done responsibly, tourism could threaten this beautiful, docile, yet globally Endangered species – through impacts such as pollution, boat strikes, habitat damage and changes …

Read more

Terra Incognita selected among the Top 10 Wildlife Travel Blogs

We’re excited to announce that Terra Incognita has been selected as one of the Top 10 Wildlife Travel Blogs to follow in 2019! Feedspot’s Top 10 Wildlife Travel Blogs is built from the most comprehensive list of wildlife travel blogs on the web. The best blogs were selected from thousands of wildlife travel blogs using search and social metrics and are “actively working to educate, inspire, and empower their readers with frequent updates and high-quality information.” The blogs were ranked based on the following criteria: Google reputation and Google search ranking. Influence and popularity on Facebook, Twitter and other social …

Read more

Meeting our mission, vision and values

After officially launching Terra Incognita in 2018, this year we wanted to formally define who we are and what we stand for: our mission, vision and values. If you’ve worked with us, we hope you already have a good sense of our purpose and values, but for those who haven’t, we’re excited to share what we’re all about! Putting our mission into words Having seen the process of creating mission and vision statements in larger organisations – and the all-too-frequent arguments over adjective choice that can come with it – we wanted to keep the focus on defining the heart …

Read more

Guyana named best ecotourism destination in the world

South America’s small and best-kept secret – Guyana – landed in the global sustainability spotlight overnight when the country was named the #1 ‘Best of Ecotourism’ destination in the world at the Sustainable Top 100 Destination Awards in Berlin. Hosted by travel and trade show ITB Berlin on 7 March 2019, the awards recognised “global leadership in offering responsible ecotourism opportunities”, judged based on sustainability success stories from the top 100 destinations. Guyana won against well-known destinations like the Galapagos Islands, Mexico’s Sierra Gorda and Tmatboey in Cambodia. While the awards may have put Guyana ‘on the map’ overnight, they …

Read more

Responsible tourism is a win-win for giant river otters and people

Every year tourists make the journey deep into the Amazon to see giant river otters in their natural habitat. Human activities – including uncontrolled tourism – have landed these fascinating creatures on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species (they are currently Endangered), but responsible tourism has started to turn things around. We caught up with Jessica Groenendijk, giant otter expert and author of the new book The Giant Otter: Giants of the Amazon, for a unique glimpse into otters and ecotourism – and how tourists can be part of the solution. Can you tell us a bit about giant …

Read more

African Wild Dogs – A Road to Recovery

By Tolga Aktas I first journeyed with Wildlife ACT back in July 2018 where I flew out to KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa to volunteer on their Endangered Species Project. Finding genuine and reputable projects is a very difficult thing to do when you are embarking on your first project abroad, but when I came across Wildlife ACT – I knew immediately that I had found the right organisation. What inspired me the most to pack my things and leave the UK after completing my first year at university was the African wild dogs (Lycaon pictus). African wild dogs, which are also …

Read more

The Wildlife Blog Collection | 70 short stories from top nature writers is OUT!

The Wildlife Blog Collection is a new compilation of 70 short stories celebrating some of the most memorable, entrancing and exciting wildlife moments as told by top nature writers from across the globe. From the discovery of a clouded leopard in Borneo’s degraded rainforests, to an audience with an African crowned eagle and its unlucky prey in Kenya, to the unexpected wildlife of England after dark, there are incredible moments to uncover. It includes hand-selected entries from the Wildlife Blogger of the Year 2018 as chosen by a panel of 14 judges -including Dr Mark Avery, James Lowen, Dr James …

Read more