Why you should NOT ride elephants.

Featured Image: El Vaquero Humans are drawn to elephants. Whether by their size, intelligence, beauty or any other coveted quality, people are willing to travel great distances just to lay eyes upon them. This attraction is the foundation of a booming tourism industry in Asia. Unfortunately, by virtue of their magnetism they are subjected to…

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Hands-off the Loris!

Featured Image: Joel Satore, founder of The Photo Ark Most people could presume the story of the slow loris that met the hands of a tourist attraction – an exotic creature with desirable qualities is subjected to deplorable conditions. It’s a tale heard over and over again, from the petting of tiger cubs in India…

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A crocodile cull in Australia is pointless

Feature Image: Michael Schwab Demands for a cull of Saltwater Crocodiles in Northern Australia and Queensland are an ever-present whisper in the ears of the regions masses. Every now and then these whispers intensify, often following a tragedy, and reach national headlines, where the subject and discourse polarise people. “How can we stop the next…

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Should I drink Civet Coffee?

I do not find much appeal in Coffee. We have never been formally acquainted without a string of inconvenient events following. So, it was to my surprise that I found myself enjoying a guided tour around a rural coffee plantation in Bali. Rich aromatic scents drifted on the wind; the coffee willows swayed gently, producing…

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Swimming with wild Fur Seals. Can you do it?

Fur Seals. The name alone brings forth images of large globules of blubber floating ever so majestically through soft ocean currents. While they do occasionally present themselves in such a manner, it will quickly become apparent upon viewing them that this is a highly romanticised perception of their appearance and features. After driving two hours…

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Will you be ‘conservation hunting’ elephants in Africa?

The practice of trophy hunting is a controversial topic and one that has been ongoing for many decades, but has mostly existed within the peripheries of people’s minds and only occasionally at the forefront. The controversy recently flared up again due, in part, to Mr Trumps reversal of the Obama administrations ban on the importation…

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