Month: March 2018

Wild is Life

From humble beginnings of a few rescued wild orphans in their back yard, Harare based Wild is Life has grown into a full fledged wildlife orphanage and rehabilitation rescue centre. One Planet Rating co-founder Richard Lindberg recently visited Wild is Life and was struck by the genuine passion and commitment shown by the caretakers and staff. Founded by Roxy Danckwerts, Wild is Life today looks after over …

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Food and the City

Half of the world’s population currently live in cities. Each year millions of people move into urban areas looking for better opportunities. By the year 2050 urban dwellers will account for 65% of the total world population, or an estimated 6.419 billion people. Lost in the “food desert” Unfortunately, not everyone can benefit from urbanization. Millions of people around the …

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Featured destination: Krishna River Camp, India

Started in 2014, the Campsite and Home Stays under Krishna River Camp was born out of an aspiration of Mumbai resident, Milan Wadkar, to live in harmony with nature, away from the chaotic city life. Krishna River Camp offers guests an opportunity to experience adventure camping. Besides experiencing the flavors of rural India, one can enjoy tent stays, barbecued dinners, a …

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Just what is Dark Tourism? A chat with Dr. Philip Stone

Did you know the Karosta Prison in Latvia offers you an opportunity to relive a Communist era prisoner experience? Priced at 17 Euro’s a night, tourist’s opt to spend a night in a cell, undertake physical exercises as maybe mandated, and be punished in case of disobedience. What would make one opt for such a holiday, you may ask? A thrill to visit and be …

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Can a sporting mega-event be Sustainable? A closer look at the FIFA World Cup

With the PyeongChang Winter Olympics just over, what is the next big event for sports fans to look forward to? For many the answer is clear. It’s the FIFA World Cup which will take place in Russia from June 14 to July 15 this year. Being the biggest single-sport competition in the world, it requires careful planning and allocation of massive …

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Due to the critically low population, all tourism of Cat Ba langurs is banned

In our post last week, Neahga Leonard shared what the Cat Ba Langur Conservation Project is all about and it’s efforts in saving the critically endangered Cat Ba Langur primate species. Read on as he shares some of the more ground level challenges faced in undertaking these initiatives. OPR: How challenging has funding been for the project, more so, it is involved around a species not many know …

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Awesome Things To Do Any Day of the Year to Support Women Around the World

Today marks the 109th celebration of International Women’s Day, the first of which was observed in the United States when the Socialist Party of America designated this day to honor the garment workers’ strike in New York City, where women began protesting against unfair working conditions. Since the early years after its inauguration, International Women’s Day has transformed, encompassing new dimensions from …

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Just about 60 Cat Ba Langurs survive! This conservation center’s helping

The World Conservation Union (IUCN) lists the Cat Ba langur as one of the most critically endangered primate species in the world due to its small population size and restricted range.  Poaching has been the primary threat to the species resulting in the population decline from an estimated 2,500-2,800 individuals in the 1960s. Alarmed at the rate of the population decline, the Zoological …

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