Photos by Pete McBride @pedromcbride | Rays of light: Marine wildlife tourism is a large draw for visitors to Hawaii’s shores, which is a boon for the economy but can cause problems for animals if proper steps aren’t taken. Tour operators must follow strict rules to protect manta rays during night snorkeling/diving outings because participants use underwater lights to attract plankton in high concentrations, and the rays follow to find food. As a result, boats must refrain from lighting hulls to keep the rays from swimming into ladders, rudders, propellers, or divers, which have been known to cause serious injury. It is best to research the right tour operator to ensure you aren’t inadvertently injuring the wildlife you are marveling to see. For more wild places, follow @pedromcbride. #moonlight #mantaray #Hawaii #tourism #underwater


Photo by @Chrisburkard | It always amazes how much modern society reflects nature even though we often fail to realize it. It’s easy to understand why Zion National Park’s slot canyon system is called “The Subway”. Full of twisted tunnels that are all interconnected it can be navigated to take you across vast distances in an efficient manner. Today, this is the same system exists in almost every major city in the world. The only difference is that in this case, nature beat us by about 150 million years. It's a reminder we still have a lot to learn from the planet and its natural processes.


Excited to return to the Alay Region and Pamir-Alay Mountains of southern Kyrgyzstan! This time we're working with @helvetas_kyrgyzstan on the Bai Alai rural economic and tourism development program. Among our work these next weeks: to help create and test community-driven cultural, culinary and adventure-based travel experiences in the region. The goal: to help more travelers discover and explore this region respectfully + enable local villages to benefit from community tourism development.⁠


Our relationship with the Alay region began two years ago when we were advisors on the @USAID BGI program and its tourism development projects. During our time in this particular region, we also helped mark the Heights of Alay trek, taking us over the other worldly Sary Mogul Pass (4,303 m/14,120 ft) pictured here. That is how we met Talant (also in the photo) from Visit Alay (@south_kyrgyzstan). As we trekked through the mountains together for several days, we shared our ideas about the potential for sustainable community-based tourism development in a region whose contours are stunning and beautiful yet also present challenges to business creation and livelihood development. Our work and counsel led to the Heights of Alay becoming the best-selling trek in the region, which in turn led to our being asked to develop a regional marketing plan.⁠


Many travelers don't know Kyrgyzstan very well, much less the Alay Region (south, near the borders with Tajikistan, China and Uzbekistan). This area is truly special. As is the case with much of our advisory work, the goal is two-way benefit: 1) travelers discover the region through community-driven travel experiences, whereby they develop a stronger connection to local people and nature and 2) local communities see direct economic and social benefit.⁠

Stay tuned as we explore more of the Alay mountains and villages over these next two weeks. ⁠.⁠
#kyrgyzstan #baialaiprogram #tourismdevelopment #sustainabletourism #thisissustainable #visitalay #alaymountains #communitytourism #discoverkyrgyzstan #trekking #trekkinginkyrgyzstan


La aventura culinaria de @gordongram se pone picante en #Marruecos 🇲🇦 #GordonRamsayEnNatGeo 📺⬇️
Lunes, 10 PM MEX y martes, 9 PM COL-PE / 10 PM ARG-CHI


August 19th is International Orangutan Day | Photograph by Mark Edward Harris (@markedwardharrisphoto)
A staff member at the Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation wheels orphaned orangutans in a wheelbarrow. "The orphans spend several hours every day attending forest school where they learn the skills necessary to be either returned or introduced into the Bornean forest," explains #YourShotPhotographer Mark Edward Harris. This photo was selected for the August 16, 2019 edition of our Photos of the Week series.

“My heart breaks for these lovely creatures but I'm happy there are institutions that exist trying to save them. Your focus is sharp here but center weighted compositionally. Keep up the good work!” — @natgeoyourshot Associate Photo Editor Kristen McNicholas (@kemcnicholas)


This life-size 🐙by paper-cutting artist Masayo Fukuda (@kiriesousakukamasayo) took two months to complete. “I have loved mysterious and cool marine life since I was young and have made it a regular motif in my work,” says Masayo, whose three-dimensional creations are each hand cut from a single. sheet. of. paper. ✂️ ⁣

Video by @kiriesousakukamasayo


“I’d much rather be smelling the flowers than posing for a photo, but a nice photo makes my hooman happy so 🤷‍♂️” writes @kota.aussie


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