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September 2, 2014

The Kabini way of Ecotourism

As an ecotourism organisation, JLR follows regulations which are mostly self imposed and sometimes uncomfortable to adhere to. Jungle lodges practices eco-sensitive tourism. However, at the same time, it must be acknowledged that any form of tourism will have an impact on the environment that it is operating in. In such a scenario, the onus lies upon the concerned organization to evolve a highly result oriented approach that seeks to reduce and eliminate various negative impacts upon the environment.

Policies include zero tolerance for loud music in the campus, maintaining strict hours for running generators, discouraging loud parties and so on. JLR encourages guests to maintain silence during their stay at our camps as listening to the sounds of the jungle can be a rewarding experience. Littering is strictly discouraged. Visitors are sensitised to the harm that a carelessly thrown plastic bag can wreak on a susceptible animal. The challenge is to make them aware of the harm small actions can have on the ecology.

A strict adherence on safari ethics is maintained, standards that go beyond mere lip service to ecotourism. Rules are followed and respect for wild animals is maintained. A self driven rule for route systems is followed, an exercise made possible due to the guidance provided by the forest officers of the Nagarhole National Park. A minimum distance is maintained between each vehicle, so that a vehicle that sights an interesting animal behaviour move as soon as the sighting is completed, Wireless radio sets have been removed as their presence was causing a spirit of over-zealousness amongst drivers.

For every person questioning the validity of strict adherence to rules, there are other guests who appreciate these small nuances of management. It has been our policy to go out of the way and instill a conservation based approach. Even if a small percentage of the thousands of patrons who visit JLR properties each year spread this message and continue being the ambassadors of conservation, JLR would be glad to work harder.