Eco-hotels and lodges have really stepped up their game in recent years – from reducing carbon emissions through locally-sourced food and recyclable building materials, to activities such as bamboo basket weaving and safaris to drive home the idea of living in harmony with nature, it’s no longer enough to slap on a couple of solar panels and call it a day.

That’s where wildlife protection comes in. Instead of just safari tours or coral diving that puts you near the animals, your holiday gives these operators the financial ability to keep doing what they’re doing – animal protection programmes, conservation research and local community development.

In other words: choosing a holiday that puts conservation first will go toward safeguarding the Earth for future generations.

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