Tiger Tops Newsletter - December 2017
As we have ended another great year, we would like to thank all of you who visited us in 2017, all of you who supported our work, and all of you who keep following our endeavors. We wish you all a very happy New Year!
Looking back at 2017, it has been an eventful year in Nepal for Tiger Tops. We have completed one-off conservation projects such as the Dog Neutering Clinic, and we are continuing our work on long-term conservation efforts in Chitwan and Bardia National Parks respectively. We have earned a place among very few other venues in Asia on World Animal Protection´s list of Elephant Friendly Venues with Tiger Tops Elephant Camp. Our efforts to improve elephant welfare standards have also been covered in The Guardian and Wanderlust Magazine.
With this last newsletter covering 2017, we are pleased to look back over the last few months, which have offered excellent press coverage and a visit from the Asia for Animals community – a group of a hundred conference attendees eager to learn about our pioneering elephant experience.
Tiger Tops featured in Condé Nast Traveller
Tiger Tops was featured in the November issue of Condé Nast Traveller, who brought a multi-page story on Chitwan National Park. The author and editor of the magazine, Steve King, captures the atmosphere at Tiger Tops Tharu Lodge in his description:
”Tharu is the younger sibling of the original Tiger Tops Jungle Lodge. It has an endearing, unpretentious, old-school charm: low-slung whitewashed bungalows radiating from a central mess area, a scattering of tents. Many of the staff have worked here for decades, the battered fleet of bottle-green Land-Rovers even longer.”
In describing Tiger Tops´ historical role in Nepal, the article expresses the essence of Tiger Tops´ philosophy and its success:
“Tiger Tops provided a model of responsible management, community engagement and pioneering research. Its relatively small scale meant it had minimal environmental impact, while the high price it paid to the government for the privilege of operating within the park meant it supplied a steady and urgently needed income stream. It would be difficult to overstate its importance.”
Last but not least we are very proud that Tiger Tops Tharu Lodge has been listed on Condé Nast Traveller´s 2018 Gold List. The Gold List Issue of Condé Nast Traveller can be purchased by clicking here.
Tiger Tops receiving award at the 10th Asia for Animals Conference
We are very happy to announce, that Tiger Tops has received the Compassionate Transformation of Business Award at the bi-annual Asia for Animals conference, which was held at the Yak & Yeti hotel in Kathmandu in December. The theme of the conference, which attracted some five hundred participants from all over the world, was “Changing Human Behavior”. During the four days conference, we also got the chance to present our work in improving elephant welfare standards in Nepal by setting an example for other elephant owners in the country.
The Asia for Animals conference was followed by a field trip to Tiger Tops for those who were interested in the wildlife of Chitwan National Park in general and our approach to elephant management in particular. It was a great privilege to host so many animal welfare professionals, and to show how a business involving elephants can be run ethically. We hope to stay in touch with many of you who participated and to develop our concept further to the benefit of our elephants as well as for our guests.
Join us in 2018 for a unique introduction to Tibetan Buddhism
What better place to learn about Buddhism, than in the very area of the Buddhas birth place? Join us for this unique retreat at Tiger Tops Tharu Lodge, just few hours from Lumbini. We combine the teachings from a Tibetan Buddhist monk, with meditation and yoga, while giving you the chance to immerse in the jungle life of the Tharu people. This five-days retreat will include four days with teachings and yoga sessions and one daytrip to Lumbini. All meals will be vegetarian. As an added bonus, we will introduce you to our herd of elephants and give you an unforgettable ethical elephant encounter.
The retreat takes place on February 21st to 25th, 2018. The cost is US$ 675 per person.
Missed some of our updates for the year? Check them out here.
Once again we would like to thank you for your ongoing support. Throughout the year we have had many things to celebrate. To check out more of what happened throughout this eventful year you can follow the links below: