The Elephant was on the brink of extinction when in 1991 only 10 individuals remained on the island of Mauritius. Thankfully its number increased due to the conservation efforts of the Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust and to the Mauritian Wildlife Foundation. Today there are an estimated 240-255 mature individual elephants left in Mauritius. There are,…

It started with an old box of books. My parents dropped it off to me during one of their visits; a relic from the idyllic youth I had spent under their roof. As I opened it, the smell of aged-paper hit my nostrils as it curled up from the battered spines, memories flooding back as…

10:00 I’m in Dinefwr Park in West Wales. It’s October: a perfect cold, bright autumn day with the low morning sun picking out the luminous autumn colours. I’ve no volunteering jobs to do and can devote the whole day to getting the shot I promised myself. The shot? This goes right back to the reason…

Have you considered running a blog about your ecotourism business? If you think blogging is best left to backpackers and food-lovers, or simply haven’t found the time to start, we hope you’ll reconsider. From credibility to clients, here are six reasons to make blogging part of your business strategy – and an easy way to…

Sometimes the reality of a wildlife encounter has a greater impact on you than you can ever anticipate. Travelling for nearly a day we arrive in the Maldives, a dream location that we never thought we would ever see. Our target was the manta ray, a large pelagic fish that in known to frequent Addu…

Loose gravel crunched beneath my boots as I trudged down the dusty trail, bitter as a brussel sprout. I had travelled 800 miles for “one more family fishing trip” with Grandpa, only to succumb to his most epic prank: “You all go, I will rest in my camping chair today!” He said it cunningly, as…

A gentle, haunting call to prayer hung in the humid morning air. It would soon be sunrise in Labuan Bajo. Butterflies of excitement fluttered through me, but nature gives no guarantees. Carving a course through pristine, turquoise water, dolphins guided our journey to Komodo National Park. The landscape was extraordinary; sweeping golden beaches, grass carpeted hills…

Chingaza National Park is located in the Eastern Andes of Colombia in the Orinoco region, only a few hours’ drive from the capital of Bogota. It was created in 1977 to protect its typical fauna and flora as well as the ecosystem services it provides. Its main ecosystem is Paramo, a high-altitude vegetation association characterized…

My own memorable wildlife encounter did not take place on the sprawling plains of Africa, deep underwater or in some eclectic, emerald rainforest. Nor did it feature big cats, orca, primates, harriers or any other species held in high esteem by the masses. No, my own encounter took place on a frigid December morning in…