Leading our industry
Wildlife tourism has become a highly significant source of income in many developing countries, and we have seen a steady increase in the number of people travelling to enjoy wildlife in its natural habitat. Yet without control, rapid development has the potential to endanger wildlife and its environment.
We were honoured to chair a debate about the development of wildlife tourism at the 2012 World Travel Market in London. As part of World Responsible Tourism Day, panellists from Africa, India and the UK discussed how the industry can make a positive contribution towards educating visitors, funding the conservation of habitat and wildlife, and creating livelihoods for local people to achieve development goals.
Supporter of wildlife charities
We put something back into conservation and into the communities that support and protect wildlife. Much of this is done through Beyond Carbon, a small organisation that is aligned with our own in its aim to protect threatened environments, wildlife and indigenous people.
Many of our trips include a contribution to Whale and Dolphin Conservation (WDC), a leading global charity dedicated to the conservation and protection of these remarkable marine creatures.
For years we have worked with the David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation.
The Galapagos Conservation Trust was one of the key benefactors of our Festival of Wildlife in the Galapagos Islands in 2005. And, we played an important part in helping Horny@50 raise money to translocate black rhinos to North Luangwa National Park, and protect India's one-horned rhinos in Kaziranga National Park. We're also delighted to support Save The Rhino and their Rhino Dog Squad project.
Investor in local communities
We have provided tens of thousands of pounds of charitable support:
- Raincoast Conservation raises awareness to the plight of the Great Bear Rainforest and benefited through our Festival of Wildlife in 2007.
- The Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust and Association Mitsinjo work to regenerate the decreasing Madagascan rainforest. Our Festival of Wildlife 2008 raised over £14,000 for them and the Madagascar projects of the Wildlife Conservation Society.
- We helped Yosefe Primary School in Zambia's Luangwa Valley build a comprehensive library for the school and the surrounding community, and we secured funding for the construction of a new classroom block. At Mkasanga School to the north we secured funding for desks, chairs, blackboards and even windows.
The most responsible overseas partners
For us, the face of Wildlife Worldwide on the ground has to be responsible in every sense of the word.
So we go to great lengths and take great pride in forging strong and lasting relationships with the very best and most responsible partners across the world. And we are in constant dialogue with them on how we can improve things even further.
We only work with those whose views on sustainability match ours.