Indonesia tailor made tour, rhinos, temples & volcanoes

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Responsible tourism: Indonesia tailor made tour, rhinos, temples & volcanoes

Environment

WILDLIFE: Way Kambas National Park is home to endangered Sumatran elephants, tigers and rhinos. It is also famed for its rich diversity of bird species.
Various conservation projects run within the park protecting and monitoring these species working in collaboration with traveller’s accommodation, the Satwa Elephant Ecolodge. Dr Marcelus Adi a veterinary scientist has captured rare tiger footage in the park and was a former Director of EcoLodges Indonesia, the umbrella organisation that sets the environmental standards for the lodge.

The Sumatran Rhino Sanctuary supported by the NGO Save the Rhino and the International Rhino Foundation. It was set up in recognition of the difficulty in protecting wild populations with the aim to breed the rhinos in a semi-natural environment and reintroduce them into the wild. Whilst successful matings of any Sumatran Rhinos have proved to be very difficult, the Sumatran Rhino sanctuary is working closely with Cincinnati zoo that has been very successful in breeding the species. It is hoped that, with their support and collaboration, a new generation of Sumatran Rhinos born in Sumatra will be possible. The centre also acts as a place for research into the animal’s behaviour, reproductive system, nutrition, immunology and medicine.

ENERGY: The Satwa Elephant Ecolodge uses solar power energy to run certain facilities within the guest cottages and the lodge’s office. Rainwater is stored for use in the lodge. Rubbish is recycled, including paper, bottles, cans and clean plastics. Synthetic, chemical sprays are kept to a minimum to reduce the impact on soil ecosystems.

Community

FRIENDS AND NEIGHBOURS: The Satwa Elephant Eco Lodge adjoins a rural village close to the National Park. The lodge employs locals in the running of the eco lodge and purchase natural materials from villagers. The centre runs training programs to raise awareness of the surrounding environment for staff, guests and villagers.

CAMPAIGN: The Sumatran Rhinoceros Sanctuary does much to enlighten local communities about the plight of rhinoceroses. They have been successful in halting and even reversing encroachment in some areas of the parks. They have been working with communities to develop different farming methods that discourage claiming land from the rainforest. Rhino Protection Units patrol the park in the fight against poaching for use in Chinese medicine. The centres efforts have achieved significant success. No rhinos have been poached in the last seven years and in 2012 Andantu was born – the first captive rhino to be born in Indonesia.

LOCAL CRAFTS AND CULTURE: We encourage travellers to stay in small boutique hotels with breakfast boards to maximise the opportunities to dine at local restaurants and eateries. Our itineraries include visits to villages off the beaten track spreading the benefits of tourism to those who would not experience it otherwise.

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