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The Orca in the Room

Orcas during the shows at SeaWorld. In May 2014, a letter was written by a group of 38 motivated US Congress members. With Virgin founder Richard Branson’s call for more humane treatment of orcas held in captivity at the notorious…
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“Swim with Dolphins” Tourist Trap Leads to Travel Conference Boycott

Video of Brooke MacDonald and Morgan Catch Japanese Fisherman Slaughtering Dolphins — Content Warning: Age Advisory A dolphin in Cancun. The 2014 Travel Bloggers Exchange, or TBEX, happens this week in Cancun, Mexico. TBEX is the world’s best known travel…
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Nepal Celebrates a Year without Poaching

There was good news from Nepal last month as the country proudly announced that absolutely no poaching had occurred in the 12-month period ending with February 2014 – the second year with zero poaching. Back in 2011 Nepal also celebrated…
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Save the Reef: Great Barrier Reef under Threat

Fisheye aerial photo of Great Barrier Reef. © Viewfinder. Used by permission. Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, one of the seven natural wonders of the world, has been marked for destruction. Widely considered the largest coral reef system in the world,…
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“Madiba Effect” Draws Travelers to South Africa to Walk in Mandela’s Footsteps

One of the most universally recognizable leaders of our time, former South African President Nelson Mandela has continued to make headlines over a month after his passing. The anti-apartheid activist who became one of the world’s most respected politicians also…
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Planet, People, Peace: International Sustainable Tourism Leaders Gather in Costa Rica

Costa Rica – for many of us, just the name brings forth mental images of green rainforests, cloud-shrouded volcanos and, of course, beaches. Costa Rica has successfully branded itself as a sustainable tourism destination for many years, so its wildlife…
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The Plight of the Polar Bear

Two-thirds of the world’s polar bears could be gone by 2050, with the remaining third extinct by the end of the century, if current trends continue. The International Forum of the Conservation of Polar Bears is meeting in Moscow this…
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In the Aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan, Tourism and Volunteerism Lend a Hand

Photo by Simon Davis / UK Department for International Development. Typhoon Haiyan, or Yolanda as the locals call it in the Philippines, is the worst storm to hit the island nation in recorded history. The latest official death toll is…
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Do Backpackers Leave More Than Footprints?

Many backpackers are well intentioned when setting out for beckoning distant lands that perhaps they’ve only read about in guidebooks or heard about from friends who’ve made the journey themselves. As these travelers arrive on foreign soil, they boost the…
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Cry of the Koala: Australia’s Beloved Icon Under Threat

Photo by David Cook Wildlife Photography, used under a Flickr Creative Commons license. One of Australia’s iconic creatures, the koala is beloved around the world, yet if current trends continue, a day may come when this cuddly marsupial may be…
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