The parks’ indigenous forest is home of 550 primates, 200 species of birds and some of Africa’s largest cats. Monkeyland, Birds of Eden and Jukani are animal sanctuaries like no other.
Launched in May 2013, the Lilizela Tourism Awards aim to recognise and reward the highest levels of excellence in the tourism value chain. The name is derived from the Zulu word ‘’Lilizela’’ which means celebrating and praising by ululating when someone has done well. The award is the brainchild of the National Department of Tourism (NDT); spearheaded by South African Tourism and delivered by the Tourism Grading Council of South Africa.
This year, Visitor Experience of the Year as well as the Tourist Guide of the Year have been added, recognised and awarded.
“These Awards recognise and reward tourism players and businesses who work passionately and withhttp://lilizela.co.za/ pride to deliver a world class product and service and whose delivery grows South Africa’s global destination competitiveness.”
WHILE having a personal encounter with a wild animal tops many tourists' bucket lists, these interactions could have devastating effects on the animals, especially on primates, as they are vulnerable to human infections.
Indiana University's department of anthropology associate professor and director of the Evolutionary Physiology and Ecology Lab, Dr Michael Muehlenbein recently visited the Garden Route as part of a global study aimed at gauging the impact of ecotourism on primates and creating guidelines to ensure the well-being of these animals.
The Berlin Zoological Garden is a flourishing business. For weeks now, shareholders have been pleased about the rising share price of a company that seems extremely healthy.
At the beginning of the year, the zoo's operating assets included 1,059 mammals, 8,454 invertebrates and 770 amphibians. The annual report listed two red giant kangaroos, a night monkey and 14 capybaras as "remarkable breeding successes." What's more, the zoo is considered the world's most diverse in terms of the species it houses, and visitor numbers are also near the top internationally.
Nevertheless, the supervisory board is worried. Stories have repeatedly surfaced about zoo Director Bernhard Blaszkiewitz, whose management style has come under sharp criticism. Most recently, for example, when he described his women employees as "0.1" -- the zoological code for breeding females.