NWS Runners-up at the 2018 TOFTigers Wildlife Tourism Awards

Josh Wright

01 Oct 2018

Honour signifies our unwavering commitment to wildlife conservation

Last week, on World Tourism Day (September 27th), TOFTigers hosted their biennial Wildlife Tourism Awards, in association with Sanctuary Nature Foundation. The awards celebrate those leading from the front in sustainable ecotourism initiatives in India and Nepal, and Natural World Safaris were lucky enough to be nominated for International Wildlife Tour Operator of the Year. Although just missing out on the top prize, we are honoured to share the runner-up spot with a fellow UK travel outfitter. Here’s what TOFTigers had to say about NWS:

Will Bolsover’s Natural World Safaris is a specialist safari operator on a mission to promote wildlife conservation and generate awareness around it. Visitor contributions to their local conservation partners are made for all safaris.

The theme for TOFTigers’ 5th Wildlife Tourism Awards was ‘Inclusive Conservation – People and Wildlife’. The Awards aim to highlight and reward the very best in the nature tourism field; those individuals, park management, naturalists, businesses, service providers and community enterprises who are leading the way in wilderness destinations on the Indian subcontinent. Each of the nominees will, in their own way, be pioneering new ways to support and inspire wildlife conservation, engage local communities and help restoration of wildlife habitat through their vision, drive and actions.

Natural World Safaris have worked with TOFTigers for over five years, and we were lucky enough to receive the same accolade back in 2014 that we did this year. Our continued commitment to supporting tiger conservation in India through tourism has fostered a strong ongoing relationship with TOFTigers, as well as their partner organisation Tiger Nation.

TOFTigers (Travel Operators for Tigers) aim to advocate, plan, support and fund the protection, conservation and rewilding of natural wilderness and its wild inhabitants, with a focus on wild tigers and their habitat. The organisation achieves this through the shrewd use of nature tourism, advocating for targeted green investment, greater visitor guidance and community involvement, and enhanced governance and monitoring. TOFTigers works not only with travel operators but also national parks, lodges, scientists, naturalists, wildlife guides and local communities, all of whom have a stake in protecting India’s endangered tiger population.

Tiger Nation is a vital “people-powered” organisation with an ambitious goal: to document and follow the footsteps of every wild tiger living in India’s national parks. This vibrant community is composed of numerous individuals who monitor and update the Tiger Nation website on a daily basis, through imagery, videography and social media channels. By doing so, this vibrant community hopes to contribute to conservation chiefly by making tigers visible. Over 6,500 photos alone have been added to the site, comprising a massive database that identifies each individual tiger by their unique stripe patterns.

On our safaris to India, travellers can come face to face with the iconic Bengal tiger, which ranks among the biggest wild cats alive today. The north-central region of the country contains some of the best places to see tigers in India, including Kanha and Ranthambore National Parks. Speak to one of our Destination Specialists to start planning your own Bengal tiger safari and to find out more about how our trips contribute to the conservation of the species.

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