We are going to go out on a limb and say tourism, religion, and wildlife never mix well with authentic tourism, religion, or wildlife.
There's a fine line between creating sustainable tourism products that appeal to outsiders and help locals and pandering to the international traveler at the expense of locals.
Sustainable tourism, while looking nice on paper, is still extremely difficult to execute making Basecamp's approach to integrate a business and non-profit is one worth examining.
Despite the loss, it's hard to think there will be a serious crackdown on the poachers under the Mugabe government.
The desire to get up close and personal with wildlife often results in bizarre encounters like this where visitors pose with the creatures, toss them back in the holding pens, then go eat one of their cousins in a nearby cafeteria.
The math is simple: One industry is sustainable, the other isn't. But try telling that to people who can make a quick buck and move on before they need to deal with the consequences.
A recent decision by the Indian court reinforces the truth that the absence of tourism leaves animals vulnerable to mining and hunting industries, which are much less concerned with wildlife welfare.
Tour operators and OTAs are used to a large number of winter reservations coming in by now, but they say bookings are down 15-20% from last year and fear India will be seen as unreliable to foreign tourists.
These parks and sanctuaries are set up so tourists can safely chase rhinos on foot, watch polar bears migrate, or dive with sea creatures without endangering themselves or the animals.