Tiger Tops Newsletter - January 2017
We hope that you have enjoyed the first month of 2017. We are excited for 2017, the 'Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development', which will hopefully highlight the plight of tourism in Nepal, and the need for sustainable and responsible development in the tourism industry across the world and in Nepal. You can read more about the initiative on World Tourism Organization´s (UNWTO) website
Tiger Tops Jungle Lodge
It has been five years since the iconic Tiger Tops Jungle Lodge was shut down by the government of Nepal, and we have been working to reopen since then. It is therefore with great hope that we now hear the Minister for Forest and Soil Conservation, Shankar Prasad Bhandari, say that he will allow the resorts to operate again inside Chitwan National Park, on the condition that they follow strict environmental standards. Read the full article from the Kathmandu Post on January 26 here.
Elephant News: All Asia Elephant Tour and new workshops with Carol Buckley
Tiger Tops has developed a unique opportunity for elephant lovers in partnership with Boon Lott’s Elephant Sanctuary and Mahouts Elephant Foundation in Thailand: The All Asia Elephant Tour. This is an exciting chance for our guests to see the full spectrum of vital work going on in Asia to develop genuine, sustainable, elephant focused tourism.
In October we will run our second annual Elephant Foot Trimming Workshop with Carol Buckley of Elephant Aid International. Our 2016 workshops were a great success and still get talked about daily at the lodge! More information about this is coming soon so watch this space!
Goodbye to Bhrikuti Kali
In the early hours of the 5th January our dear elephant friend Bhrikuti Kali passed away peacefully surrounded by her mahouts and the Elephant Camp team who knew her best. We wish to commend our Elephant Camp team, in particular her head mahout Mangal and our Subha, Kale for their unrelenting dedication to Bhrikuti Kali, not only in her final days, but throughout her life. Read More
On the 10th January we were delighted to welcome back the TOFT Tigers accreditation auditing team after three years to the Tharu Lodge. They were very impressed with our operation, we currently hold an ‘Outstanding’ accreditation and we are confident this will be renewed in the coming weeks. TOFT Tigers is a not-for-profit organisation that is committed to protecting tigers, wildlife and wilderness through sustainable tourism. Our naturalist Dhan Bhadaur Tamang is TOFT Tigers Naturalist of the Year 2016. We feel privileged to work with such an outstanding organisation.
Naturalist Training trip to Khosi Camp
A few week ago our team of expert naturalists traveled over 300km to Koshi Wildlife reserve to expand their knowledge on bird species of Nepal. The trip was a great success and they have returned to the lodge brimming with new information to share with our guests.
Tiger Tops on Responsibletravel.com
Tiger Tops is now a member of Responsible Travel, which means that you can now find our tailor made tours on www.responsibletravel.com. We have started with two classic itineraries, Nepal Highlights and Nepal Activity Vacation. More tours will follow, but for now please take a look at these inspiring holidays.