WILDLIFE DESTINATIONS, TOURS, RESOURCES & CONSERVATION IN ASIA
About Wild Creatures
This site was born to to promote responsible, sustainable wildlife tourism, and to help wildlife watchers and travellers take practical steps to make more informed decisions and be more responsible (lessen their impact) with their travel.
Seven Principles of WildCreatures
1. Tourism is not the problem.
2. Markets and The Economics of Conservation matter.
3. Its up to the individual traveller.
4. The positive viewing experience matters.
5. Monitoring and audits matter.
6. Animals, nature and wildlife matter.
7. The future matters.
Check back for updates where we will expand on these principles
4 Guiding Points of this Site
1. Without wildlife tourism there will be no animals in the future, and that the fate of the world’s wildlife hangs on “sustainable tourism. This has been proved time and time again, that unless there is an economic value ascribed to nature, wildlife and animals, then they are more at risk.
2. This (growth in) tourism needs to be planned to ensure that it is both responsible and sustainable, and that a value is placed on the wilderness and animals that live there.
3. We firmly believe that “we” as the consumer/traveller have a definite responsibility to be responsible wildlife travellers and watchers, and adopt a sustainable approach to the wilderness and animal tourism that we undertake. As John Scanlon Sec Gen of CITES says, “We alone will determine the fate of the world’s wildlife, and in doing so our own destiny.” This means that the planet should not be treated as a commodity; when you travel you should be giving back as much – if not more – than what you take away. This makes it sustainable.
4. Our fear is that more people are travelling, and generally people are more divorced from nature than ever before, and that these people want to ride elephants, cuddle tigers and generally do not care about longer term issues. They may also want to live in "nature inspired" environments, that are artificially beautiful, whilst in reality the development has destroyed the local eco system. So there is the two issues of i)protection and planning, and ii)education. We hope to do our small bit, as we share inspiring stories, wonderful images, and practical information to help people connect with nature, and learn more about being responsible travellers, so we have wildlife for generations to come.
We believe that responsible tourism incorporates bits of all the above definitions. Holidays to see wildlife and wilderness, low carbon adventure holidays whether you are hiking or biking, sailing or kayaking. Holidays that engage with local communities and support them financially so that they have viable alternatives to unethical ways of living, such as sex tourism or poaching. And most importantly, we are all responsible for making tourism for good. From tourism ministers to tourists, multinationals to micro businesses. We can all celebrate the joys of travel in a way that not only make better places to live but also better places to visit.
Our Vision, Mission and Goals
Vision: A world where all people appreciate and respect the true value and beauty of our natural world - and make their best efforts to conserve it.
Mission: To inspire people to care about our planet and wildlife in Asia.
Goals: Our primary goal is to CONNECT (YOU) TO NATURE, to inspire you to explore our natural world in Asia, so you spend more time learning and appreciating the other creatures that live here.
Our other goal is to help people travel responsibly and make the right choices for sustainable wildlife tourism
Who We Are
Wildcreatures.org is a not-for-profit whose pilot issue is funded by a few like minded people. In future we would like to enhance the site, design, and contributors further, and for this we will need to raise money from donations, advertising, events, sales of prints etc. You can be assured that any funding is put to good use, and any surplus funds will be used to contribute to wildlife NGOs.
All the images Exif (camera settings) data can be found on Flickr. Images are in page order.
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