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Posts Tagged ‘turtle conservation’

The Best Local Travel Pictures of 2012

  • Ethan Gelber
  • 4 January 2013

With another year of pictures under our belt, it’s time again to spotlight our Photo of the Year – an image that most captured the imagination of The Travel Word team and a group of external judges. Like our Photo of the Year 2010 and Photo of the Year 2011, we believe this year’s winning image truly captures the imagination, a glimpse of something uncommon in a very familiar place.

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Can Tourism Help Save the Tiger?

  • Brad Nahill
  • 17 December 2012

Tigers are one of the most charismatic and beautiful animals on earth. They are the world’s largest cat and can live across a wide range of habitats, from mountains to coastal wetlands. Most of the world’s tigers live in India among a number of national parks and tiger reserves but their numbers are decreasing rapidly. Tiger tourism has become a hot button issue in India, with the country’s recent Supreme Court decision to end a moratorium on tourism in these reserves.

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The Last Sea Turtle Refuge: Padre Ramos Estuary, Nicaragua

  • Brad Nahill
  • 5 December 2012

A wide beach on a warm clear evening may be the most relaxing setting on earth. We enjoyed it before setting to work in Padre Ramos Estuary, El Savador, one of the world’s most inspiring sea turtle conservation projects. Our motley group of international sea turtle experts was there as part of a research expedition to study and protect one of the world’s most endangered turtle populations: the Eastern Pacific hawksbill sea turtle.

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The Natural Gem of Praia do Forte, Brazil, Joins the Ranks of whl.travel

  • whl.travel
  • 9 October 2012

THIS ARTICLE IS AVAILABLE IN ENGLISH AND PORTUGUESE. Stretched across 12 kilometres of fresh, unpolluted Atlantic seashore, the small resort town of Praia do Forte – former fishing village that still maintains its sense of quiet history and unspoiled nature – is an up-and-coming beach holiday destination in Brazil’s Bahia state.

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Photo of the Week: Nesting Green Turtle, North Cyprus

  • Andrea Barden (photo and text)
  • 31 August 2012

This green turtle is of one of many green and loggerhead turtles (Caretta caretta) that come to nest every year on the beaches all around the coast of North Cyprus. Volunteers came across this stunning female in the early hours of the morning and were able to watch her crawl up the beach, dig out a body pit and egg chamber, lay her eggs and then cover them up with sand using her powerful front flippers.

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Sea Turtle Conservation Volunteer Vacation on the Greek Island of Zakynthos

  • Angie Aspinall
  • 13 July 2012

If, like me, you’re the sort of person who likes bird-watching in Lesvos, walking in Madeira or soaking up the sun on a beach in Corfu, then it’s safe to say that Zakynthos needs you. Lately there’s been a decrease in people like us holidaying on this beautiful Ionian island and an increase in younger people looking for a ‘club 18-30’ style holiday. As a result, the wildlife on the island is suffering and a resurgence of ecotourism would help.

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How Exactly Do Tourism Dollars Support Conservation?

  • Joe Ascanio
  • 11 May 2012

As conservation tourism becomes more and more popular, how can travelers be certain where and how their money is being spent? One well-known wildlife conservation tourism project, called SEE Turtles, is clearly outlining exactly how travelers’ dollars contribute to the sustainability of conservation projects and surrounding communities.

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Top Five Volunteering Holidays

  • Tom Marvin
  • 28 March 2012

These days, people are looking for more from their holidays. Jaded by the mass-produced, identikit travel experiences pushed out by large corporations, they’ve tapped into a growing trend to give something back whilst away from home. And who can blame them? Travel is all about gaining new experiences, seeing new places and developing as a person. Volunteering during a holiday gives you all these opportunities.

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Where and How to Help Marine Turtles in the Mediterranean Region

  • Samantha Libby
  • 10 October 2011

When it’s summer, the tourist migration to the Mediterranean’s famed beaches is at its height. However, there’s an older guest who has lived here for the past 95 million years and needs our help: the marine turtle. Saving the marine turtle just may be one of the few things the international community can agree on these days, especially steps taken toward turtle conservation through tourism.

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Photo of the Week: Hawksbill Turtle in Ubatuba, Brazil

  • Elsie C. Orabona (image and text)
  • 10 January 2010

That’s a hawksbill turtle. With its namesake hawk-like bill, it is considered one of the most beautiful of the five marine turtle species encountered in Brazilian waters. It is a superb animal and can live more than 60 years. Unfortunately, already critically endangered, it will one day be extinct if people continue to kill them…

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