The Benefits of Ecotourism

The success of ecotourism relies on the active participation of the local community. Ecotourism provides a country, or specific area within a country…

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Responsible Tourism: Whose Responsibility is it to Educate Travelers?

Responsible Tourism: Whose Responsibility is it to Educate Travelers?
by Ayako Ezaki

This original article first appeared Nov 26, 2014 on TrainingAid.

During last week’s Responsible Tourism Twitter Chat (#RTTC), which was around the theme “Indigenous communities and responsible tourism”, I came across and discussed this question: Who’s responsible for educating travelers about responsible behavior?

We All Need to Be Responsible, But Are We Doing Enough?

In our mini-chat about this question that happened within the #RTTC chat, I suggested that the responsibility likely lies on and should be shared by all stakeholders including source markets, destinations, tour operators, as well as guides and hosts. An important aspect of this answer, as pointed our by Roberta Kravette of Wildlife Destinations, is that we as travelers are also responsible for educating ourselves.

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Why does Tanzania’s security apparatus not crack down on possession and use of explosives?

ATC News by Prof. Dr. Wolfgang H. Thome


(Posted 15th December 2014)

Possession and use of explosives is not just an ordinary criminal offense in Uganda, Rwanda or Kenya but in this day and age an offense under the respective anti-terrorism legislation, and for good reasons.

In both Rwanda and Uganda were explosives used in the past against soft targets by elements violently opposed to the governments of the day and in Kenya today it is Al Shabab and their sympathisers which use homemade, industrial and military explosives to manufacture improvised explosive devices, in short IED’s to terrorize ordinary people.

Yet in Tanzania there seems to exist a flourishing ‘industry’ which uses a mix of homemade and industrial explosive materials to hunt for fish along the reefs off the coastline from South of Dar es Salaam all the way to…

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No 292 Wildlife Trade News 12th December 2014

ATC News by Prof. Dr. Wolfgang H. Thome

Another dose of bad news about poaching, wildlife and environmental crimes from Africa
and around the world

in the spotlight today ……………………

Zim elephant tragedy unfolds

Australian Hank Jenkin, a former top official from Cites, which regulates the global trade in endangered species, was recruited as a consultant by wealthy businessmen and the Chinese government to provide elephants for Chinese zoos and safari parks.

Now The Times has learnt that more than 100 baby elephants face exportation from Zimbabwe to China.

No 292 Wildlife Trade News 12th December 2014

CHINA SPECIAL REPORT(today’s other news follows below)

The following are a handful of the dozens of recent news reports implicating China in the illegal wildlife trade. We repeat: dozens. However, you won’t find any of them on the CITES web site or Facebook page. You will find other countries mentioned, maybe one you live in, but not China. The question…

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Dr. Paco Bertolani – Seeking the soul of the ape.

Rubondo Island Camp Project

Paco Bertolani

By Ryan Green

Dr. Paco Bertolani holds a PhD. in Biological Anthropology, and is a specialist in chimpanzee habituation.

The population of chimpanzees on Rubondo Island has been mentioned in previous articles: how they came to be there by the efforts of the great conservationist Professor Bernard Grzimek. From a core group of 16 released back into the wild over several years in the 1960s, this community now numbers around 40 individuals, and they are all wild-born. Dr. Bertolani will now be at the forefront of a project to habituate these wild chimps on Rubondo Island National Park.

This presents a unique opportunity for studying their behaviour, population dynamics and even genetic diversity, but in order to do that, these wild chimps must first be habituated to a human presence. In a completely natural state, chimpanzees have an innate fear of humans, and will flee at the first sight of…

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No 245 Wildlife Trade News 23rd October 2014

ATC News by Prof. Dr. Wolfgang H. Thome

The daily dose of bad news for conservationists with details on wildlife and environmental crimes
from around the world

in the spotlight today ……………………

Industrial-Scale Tiger Farms: Feeding China’s Thirst for Luxury Tiger Products EXTRACT: At July’s CITES Standing Committee meeting, Chinese officials finally admitted what the world has known for some time: they are licensing sales of tiger pelts. In 2013, EIA revealed that legally-issued permits are regularly reused, making it disturbingly easy to launder skins from tigers killed in India and elsewhere. (NA comment: Will the CITES Standing Committee and Secretariat give China a “Merit Award” for this activity and openly defying CITES, yet again? Another CITES – CHINA debacle?)

Tiger carcasses in cold storage at Xiongsen Tiger and Bear Park,

Guilin, China. Photograph by Belinda Wright /Wildlife Protection Society of India.

No 245 Wildlife Trade News 23rd October 2014

Pandas get VIP treatment, but not orang-utan

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Live report from SITE Tanzania

Why two events in a country that is still struggling with its tourism industry? Why have SITE event in Dar es Salaam while the Arusha’s KARIBU FAIR is yet to be famous? – so shame and a living testimony of poor plans from government’s owned TTB!

ATC News by Prof. Dr. Wolfgang H. Thome

Denis Gathanju, the publisher of Safari Communications, has been at the opening day of SITE at the Milimani Convention Centre in Dar es Salaam and has filed this report, giving his first hand impressions of what the opening day of this inaugural tourism trade fair was like.




The first Swahili International Tourism Expo (SITE) finally took off at the Milimani City Convention Center in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

The event was organized by the Tanzania Tourism Board, a government agency mandated to help market Tanzania as a favourable tourism destination.

The first day of the expo was slow with limited support and organization from the organizers of the event, especially the TTB. The expo did not kick off proper until around mid-morning when there seemed to be a surge in terms of movement between the stands. However, it soon…

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