In a first, yak herders in Bhutan recently trained on snow leopard conservation have captured camera trap images of these elusive animals. Snow leopards are apex predators and a flagship species of this Himalayan region. By training local people to conduct data collection and camera trapping, conservation authorities are building awareness which will hopefully promote the ability of these communities to live in harmony with snow leopard and other predators. Contact us for more information about experiencing the incredible natural riches and unique culture of this region.

Vietnam has a rich natural heritage, and is a global hotspot for monkeys and apes. Yet several species are in danger of slipping quietly into extinction.  But something is being done. Fauna & Flora International (FFI) is working in the remote forests of northern Vietnam to protect vulnerable populations of Cao Vit Gibbon, one of the world’s rarest primates and only found in Vietnam. With FFI support, local people now patrol the forests against poachers and have developed ways to meet the needs of local communities while preserving the fragile forest habitat of these charismatic creatures.

Taal Lake in the Philippines is home to a particular geographic peculiarity which, in and of itself, draws visitors. A massive lake formed within the caldera of Taal Volcano surrounds Volcano Island, measuring some 8 km across, on which there are several peaks and one volcanic crater, in which lies Crater Lake - and Vulcan Point Island. Taal Volcano is considered the second most active volcano in the Philippines, and its massive destructive potential is seen in the ruggedness of the surrounding landscape. Located within easy reach from Manila, the natural scenery and fertile orchards and fields around Taal Lake make it a great destination.

Deepavali, one of Singapore’s major cultural festivals, celebrates the triumph of good over evil. Also known as “Diwali” or the “Festival of Lights”, at this time thousands of Hindu families in the city and around the world transform their homes into beacons of light, exchange gifts, share feasts and perform prayers. Every year, the people behind Little India's Deepavali celebrations challenge themselves to create a display even better than the year before. This year’s theme of elephants, an animal closely linked with Indian culture and royalty, made the light-up that much more impressive.
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