Jaguar photography holiday in Brazil with Pie Aerts

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Responsible tourism

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Brazil is home to so many species, from reptiles and birds to fish and mammals. In the Pantanal alone, there have been around 656 bird species, 122 mammals, 93 reptiles and 263 fish, as well as, very impressively, 1,132 species of butterfly. It is essential that we preserve the natural habitat and home of these creatures, great and small - from jaguars to storks, otters to capybara and even the tiniest insect. We contribute a percentage of each safari sold to wildlife conservation and are also looking for new projects to get involved with. Wherever possible we use accommodation that savors every drop of precious water; from using environmentally friendly toilets, using rain water for washing and solar power heating. SouthWild Pantanal Lodge are fighting to eliminate plastic bottle waste by offering complimentary chilled water dispended from dedicated water coolers. Guests are encouraged to bring their own durable reusable water bottle to refill throughout their stay. The SouthWild Jaguar Flotel features resident research biologists who give scientific lectures to guests. These research biologists maintain the flotel eight-year-old jaguar face dossier. This unique, painstaking dossier now documents the face spot patterns of over 100 wild jaguars. The SouthWild Jaguar reserve, making it the largest privately-owned jaguar conservation area on the Three Brothers River.

Accommodation when travelling will vary, but we do try to be as environmentally friendly as possible, promoting the use of locally eco-lodges where we can. Please bear in mind that it is not always possible to find eco-friendly accommodation in some remote destinations; if this is the case then we make every effort to alert the management of the accommodation in question to ways of improving their service with the environment in mind. We try to use shared excursions and transfers where possible to minimize the carbon emissions from the vehicles used.

We aim to reduce waste and our impact on the environment within our destination, and at home in the UK, where our offices are based. We work in partnership with the Borough of Brighton & Hove in an attempt to recycle and reuse as much as possible. Our clients are always advised on the best way to do this when away. We recommend using environmentally friendly shampoos, soaps and toiletries, to avoid leaving any litter (whether it is biodegradable or not).

The Impacts of this Trip

Where possible we always try to use local suppliers in preference to others, whether this is regarding to purchasing provisions, accommodation, transport or equipment. Through the employment of our local ground operators, who use local guides and drivers, money is fed directly back into individual families and villages that might otherwise not benefit from tourism, as well as giving more jobs to local people. The cornerstone of SouthWild's success is down to the amazing guide team. SouthWild's scientists and guides have years of training and field experience allowing them to anticipate natural behaviors and discover even the most elusive wildlife. They are aided by one of the largest global networks of scientific advisers. The expert guides undergo rigorous training about habitats, ecology, birds, trees, plants, animals and insects in order to provide guests with an incomparable wildlife experience but most importantly learn a skill and knowledge that will stay with them for not just their working life but knowledge they can pass onto their friends/family or new guides.

We make sure tourists have the opportunity to buy local souvenirs and handicrafts, assisting further to contribute to their community, assisting further to contribute to their community, and always give support to local communities and conservation agencies. We advise people not to bargain just for the sake of it and because it is the "thing to do"; you should pay what you feel the object is worth to yourself and the vendor, bearing in min local cultures.


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