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Exploring the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve

Oil, shopping malls and skyscrapers long ago upstaged the vast Arabian Desert from which the city of Dubai grows. In recent years though, a conservation movement – headed by the ruling sheikh himself – has seen the development of Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve, the country's first national park, …

National Parks

Safari wildlife of Namibia: Africa's greatest conservation success

Namibia’s enthralling desert landscapes may exude an unmerciful harshness, but they are rich in wildlife and now shelter growing or stable populations of Africa’s most iconic safari species. Given numbers of these vulnerable or endangered animals – elephants, cheetahs, black and white rhinoceros …

Wildlife

Spotting Costa Rica's 'Little Five'

Spotting Africa’s ‘Big Five’ – elephant, rhino, cape buffalo, lion and leopard – has become something of a Holy Grail for wildlife watchers. While Africa has a bit of a monopoly on the big beasts, little Costa Rica’s critter count is off the chart. This multi-faceted Central American jewel boasts …

Central America

Top 10 sustainable travel experiences

Ditch modern civilisation and go wild! (Just be responsible about it.) In this excerpt from <i>Lonely Planet's 1000 Ultimate Experiences</i>, we've got the top 10 feel-good sustainable travel experiences.<p>1. National parks volunteer, USA<p>Fall asleep to a chorus of wolf calls and count bears as your …

Top 10

How to tell if your holiday is green or just greenwash

You want to book an ecofriendly holiday, but so many travel brochures literally gloss over those thorny issues of environmental impact and 'giving something back'… Lots of hotels bill themselves as 'eco' when in practice the only green thing about them is the sign out the front.<p>So how do you tell …

Sustainability

Jasen nature reserve: Macedonia’s secret getaway

Deep in the Balkans, this grandiosely named nature reserve might just be the best-kept secret among Europe’s national parks. Home to the rare Balkan chamois (wild goat) and endangered Eurasian lynx, Macedonia’s Jasen is one of the region’s most ecologically significant areas. While there are no …

Wildlife