On the surface it seems like a trivial question, one that simply requires reviewing your summer schedule. However, an experience in Katmai varies widely from one month to the next due to different bear behavior and activities. So when should you go, July or August?
Are you one of those people who thinks they’re not a cruise person? Do you think cruises are too boring and not active enough for you? Do you shudder at the idea of being cooped up on a floating city with a thousand other passengers for days?
One of the questions I often get asked is “why is ecotourism so special – you know, why is it different than just nature tourism?” Although ecotourism could certainly be categorized as nature tourism, and this is indeed a key tenet, ecotourism is actually a well-defined term that incorporates more than just outdoor, nature, or wildlife tourism. It’s more of a philosophy. Allow me to explain…
Meet Court Whelan, one of the travel industry’s foremost experts on ecotourism and the newest member of the Nat Hab family of Adventure Specialists. This week we are thrilled to debut Court’s first post in a series on the critical role ecotourism plays in conservation and communities. Check back soon for new posts by The Ecotourism Expert. See the original article here.
Born and raised in Florida, Court spent much of his youth outdoors fostering a strong love and appreciation for nature and wildlife. This fascination led him to attend the University of Florida, where he received his Bachelor’s, Master’s and Ph.D. degrees in a program termed “Ecotourism Entomology”. Having been the creator of his own major, he was able to design his coursework, research, and teaching to focus on, as he puts it, “conserving the world through nature and educational travel experiences.” Throughout his graduate school career he also ran a small ecotourism travel company where he planned and led over 65 expeditions to ecotourism destinations on all seven continents.
They measure 40 feet, weigh more than 20 tons and can have a lifespan of more than 100 years. But to ensure that whale sharks continue to live out their full lives in the world's oceans, all of us, including travelers, have important roles to play.
World-renowned adventurist Olaf Malver, who designs our slate of adrenaline-pumping expeditions in nature, likes to say, "We are not lemmings!" Instead of just following the crowd, our adventures take you to the top of snow-capped mountains, along the shores of winding rivers and practically to the ends of the Earth.
Next in our WWF Staff travel series is Rachel Kramer. A three-year assignment in Madagascar with Peace Corps solidified her love for travel and conservation, eventually leading her to WWF. Rachel now serves as a program officer for TRAFFIC North America, a wildlife trade monitoring network and with WWF’s Wildlife Crime Technology Project. In this blog, Rachel talks about an unusual maned lioness in the Okavango Delta and a remote 4-legged journey into Madagascar’s Marojejy National Park.
Europe was once teeming with wildlife, from the snowcapped tops of mountains to the warm beaches of the Mediterranean. The arrival of humans, agricultural production, exploitation of habitats and the introduction of invasive species have caused major losses in biodiversity. Thankfully, conservation organizations like WWF are working to protect the species and habitats of the continent. Here are the top five places in Europe where nature will astound you.
April 22 marks an important day--when the public, corporations and government demonstrate their commitment to nature and future generations. As travelers who value the places you visit, you have opportunities to experience well-managed, pristine environments, and those in need of more TLC.