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Poachers Beware!

Upon first glance, the new efforts undertaken by the Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Kenya on behalf of their wildlife may seem extreme. Pause for a moment, though, and consider this fact: three of six endangered white rhinos left on the planet reside at the reserve. Now, Ol Pejeta’s military-style plan may feel less scary and more necessary.   Teams of Kenyan police reservists are trained to a high level and armed against the threat of poachers. Trained dogs work side-by-side wit...

The South African Animal Sanctuary Alliance (saasa) Makes South Africa Proud!!

Lara Mostert addressing the audience at The World responsible Tourism Awards clutching the Global Overall World Responsible Tourism Award

  SAASA (South African Animal Sanctuary Alliance) which has 3 sanctuaries in The Crags, Plettenberg Bay namely Monkeyland, Birds of Eden and Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary, was awarded the two highest accolades in Responsible Tourism when, on Responsible Tourism Day (5 November 2014) at World Travel Market in London, SAASA was declared the winner of the World Responsible Tourism Award for the best “Animal Welfare Initiative”.    SAASA then went on to win the ...

Skål International Sustainable Tourism Awards

Award collected by Niels Els, President Skål International Garden Route, on behalf of the SAASA

  Congratulations to The South African Animal Sanctuary Alliance (SAASA) for winning The SKAL International Sustainable Tourism Award “Best Major Tourist Attraction in the World” which was bestowed on SAASA at the 75th SKAL International Conference in Mexico City on 26th October 2014.   Sunday, 26 October 2014 - During the Opening Ceremony of the 75th Skål World Congress held at the Sheraton Maria Isabel Hotel in Mexico City, Mrs. Karine Coulanges,...

3 Amazing Wildlife Sanctuaries On The Garden Route Of South Africa

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. Unlike other parks, they are a place of refuge, with fare trade accreditation and environmentally sound standards. Their focus is on conservation, eco-tourism and education. The 3 parks are South’s Africa’s pioneers in reintroducing mistreated animals back into their original environ...

Wow – What An Accolade!

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 Experienc...

The South African Animal Sanctuary Alliance (saasa) Won The Lilizela Award!

Excitment How does one contain the excitement of being recognized for doing what you feel is the right thing to do?  Well we here at the South African Animal Sanctuary Alliance has been award for making sure our animals are taken care of while still giving Visitors the Best Experience in a Wildlife Encounter. The Lilizela awards are setting the standard for global excellence, rewarding those who strive for perfection and spurring arrivals growth and destination competitiveness.&n...

The South African Animal Sanctuary Alliance (saasa) Won The Lilizela Award!

Excitment How does one contain the excitement of being recognized for doing what you feel is the right thing to do?  Well we here at the South African Animal Sanctuary Alliance has been award for making sure our animals are taken care of while still giving Visitors the Best Experience in a Wildlife Encounter. The Lilizela awards are setting the standard for global excellence, rewarding those who strive for perfection and spurring arrivals growth and destination competitiveness.&n...

Wow – What An Accolade!

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 Experienc...

To Swerve Or Not To Swerve?

Every year, thousands of animals, including birds and reptiles are killed on South Africa's notoriously dangerous roads due to vehicle collision with animals. Colliding with wildlife is likely to cause significant harm to the driver, passengers, animals and the vehicle,yet evidence from a recent Endangered Wildlife Trust(EWT)study reveals that some drivers may in fact deliberately swerve to hit the animals.    Roadkill research undertaken by the EWT in the Greater Mapung...

To Swerve Or Not To Swerve?

Every year, thousands of animals, including birds and reptiles are killed on South Africa's notoriously dangerous roads due to vehicle collision with animals. Colliding with wildlife is likely to cause significant harm to the driver, passengers, animals and the vehicle,yet evidence from a recent Endangered Wildlife Trust(EWT)study reveals that some drivers may in fact deliberately swerve to hit the animals.    Roadkill research undertaken by the EWT in the Greater Mapung...

Congratulations To The South African Animal Sanctuary Alliance!

Cape Town Tourism extend their warmest congratulations to Monkeyland, Birds of Eden and The Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary for being announced as Provincial Winner of the Lilizela Awards 2014 for Visitor Experience – Wildlife Encounters. These Awards recognise and reward tourism players and businesses who work passionately and with pride to deliver a world class product and service. Have a look at what The South African Animal Alliance Sanctuaries are like by clicking here.

Cruelty Uncovered At A Korean ‘monkey School’

caged in Korea at a Monkey School

An investigation by ADI into the Korean Monkey School - which forces monkeys to perform in degrading shows - revealed shocking conditions behind the scenes and cruelty to the animals during training. This video shows the suffering you don't see when you visit an animal show.  Find out more and how you can get involved at http://bit.ly/1c5IMbi. Animals in entertainment. It's no fun for the animals.  Animal Defenders International www.ad-international.org...

Adi Uncovers Cruelty At Korean ‘monkey School’

Primate abuse in Korea

An investigation by ADI into a Korean “attraction” that forces monkeys to perform in degrading shows has revealed shocking conditions behind the scenes.   At the Monkey School, which is located in Gamgyori in South Korea, ADI found:   To make the monkeys walk on their hind legs, their hands are tied behind their backs - in the secretly filmed ADI video workers laugh as a terrified monkey repeatedly falls on his face   Monkeys kept in squalid ...

Compassionate Travel: Our Advice

There are simple, practical steps you can take on holiday to prevent animals suffering   What to avoid   Before you travel, ask if your tour operator has a policy on animal protection – and encourage them to introduce one if they don’t. And once you’re away, help to protect animals by following these practical tips:   Wild animals belong in the wild. If you do want to see animals when you travel, observe them in their natural habitat ...

All Dinosaurs May Have Had Feathers

dinos had feathers

Newly Discovered Fossils Hint That All Dinosaurs May Have Had Feathers! Over 30 species of non-avian dinosaurs have been confirmed to have feathers, either from direct fossilized evidence of feathers, or other indicators, such as quill knobs. Up until now, all of those dinosaurs were confirmed to be carnivorous theropods, like Velociraptor and the ancestors of birds. However, fossilized remains of a new type of herbivorous dinosaur indicate that all dinosaurs may have had feathe...

At Monkeyland In South Africa Horse And Baboons Are Friends

unlikely best friends

At first glance you would think this pair were the best of friends.   But this baboon hitched an uninvited lift on the back of Jericho the horse.   They were caught lazing in the sun together at Monkeyland and Birds of Eden animal sanctuary in the Western Cape of South Africa.   Sanctuary worker Claire Hamilton, 55, said the baboons are a wild troop who have roamed the area for 26 years – but are usually shy around humans and horses.   ...

At Monkeyland In South Africa Horse And Baboons Are Friends

The unlikely friendship of a horse and baboon

At first glance you would think this pair were the best of friends.   But this baboon hitched an uninvited lift on the back of Jericho the horse.   They were caught lazing in the sun together at Monkeyland and Birds of Eden animal sanctuary in the Western Cape of South Africa.   Sanctuary worker Claire Hamilton, 55, said the baboons are a wild troop who have roamed the area for 26 years – but are usually shy around humans and horses.   ...

Meet The Famous Monkeyland Baboons And Horses

The famous Monkeyland Horses and wild Baboons

IT might have started out as just a little bit of monkeying around, but the antics of a troop of baboons and a rather bemused horse are making waves in Plettenberg Bay. When a female member of the troop, perhaps tired of travelling on foot, decided to hitch a horseback ride, staff at Monkeyland watched in delight. Members of her troop have now followed suit and film-makers and photographers are flocking to the popular Garden Route getaway to snap the rare phenomenon. Monkeyland ma...