Amazon jaguar research expedition, Brazil

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2019: 7 Jun, 14 Jun, 21 Jun
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Responsible tourism: Amazon jaguar research expedition, Brazil

Environment

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, storks, otters to capybara and even the tiniest of insects.

Whenever possible we use accommodation that savours every drop of precious water; from using environmentally friendly toilets, rain water for washing, to using solar power heating. Please bear in mind it is not always possible to find eco-friendly accommodation in some remote destination; if this is the case then we make every effort to alert the management of the accommodation in question in order to find ways of improving their service with the environment in mind. A

ccommodation when travelling will vary, but we do try to be as environmentally friendly as possible, promoting the use of locally owned eco-lodges, such as the Uakari Floating Lodge. Located inside Brazil's largest protected areas, the Mamiraua Reserve which is the largest protected flooded forest in the world. The lodge uses the energy from the sun to power the facilities, rain water is collected and used again and even the floor tiles are made of recycled plastic bottles. SouthWild Pantanal Lodge are fighting to eliminate plastic bottle waste by offering complimentary chilled water dispensed from water coolers. Guests are encouraged to bring their own durable reusable water bottles to refill throughout their stay.

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).

We try to use shared excursions and transfers where possible to minimise the carbon emissions from the vehicles used. We contribute a percentage of each safari sold to wildlife conservation and always keep our eyes peeled for new projects that we can be involved with.

Community

Where possible, we always use local suppliers in preference to others, whether this is in the purchase of 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 would otherwise not always benefit from tourism, as well as giving more jobs to local people. Great guiding is essential on wildlife adventures and few people know a place better than the locals.

When it comes to accommodation, this trip incorporates lodges that are further away from the usual tourist trail, this spreading the money spent by tourists further into the communities. This in turn shows the economic importance of the wildlife and natural assets of the area, which feeds back into helping the environment - win! Please note that we give a direct contribution of each safari sold to conserving the wildlife, helping local communities and supporting local conservation agencies.

We make sure tourists have the opportunity to buy local souvenirs and handicrafts, assisting further to contribute to their community , and always give support to local communities. 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 mind local cultures.

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