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World Wildlife Week

September 24, 2010
Mallard (Male), Burnaby Lake Regional Park

Mallard, Burnaby Lake Regional Park, BC, Canada. Image via Wikipedia

October 1-7 is World Wildlife Week. Celebrate this week by building awareness with your staff and guests on the importance of the preservation of wildlife. Start out by doing some research on local wildlife in your area. Is there a national or regional park or other natural or eco park nearby? They’ll have information to get you started.

If you live in a more urban area, start out with some online research. Even if you live in a large city, there are animals around. You might also look into what animal species were originally living in this area, but were displaced by urban growth.

Set up a table in reception with information on World Wildlife Week to inform your guests about local animals. Out of town guests will be interested to learn more about local wildlife and how their vacation choices can affect animals. Be sure to provide them with full information on how to choose eco tours that avoid disturbing local animals as much as possible.

You can go an extra step to do some good by searching for a reputable charity on a local or national level on Charity Navigator to donate a percentage of your company’s profit to help animals. Be sure to look at their Tips & Resources page for questions to ask charities before donating, and details to look for on the charity’s profile. Check out their Animals section, which has over 70 charities listed in Wildlife Conservation. You can also ask guests to join you in your donation when they book, or at check out.

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6 Comments leave one →
  1. ecodestination permalink
    September 29, 2010 22:25

    Holly, these are some awesome ideas!

    “You might also look into what animal species were originally living in this area, but were displaced by urban growth.” — yes! I hadn’t even thought of that. Very true.

    Everywhere there are animals — even in Buenos Aires or New York you will see birds and once you step onto parks you’ll become aware of other species too.

    I would love to see hotels spotlight local animal life and wellbeing.

    • September 30, 2010 14:44

      Thanks!! Sometimes it’s easy to forget that cities have animals, but now that it’s spring in Buenos Aires, I can hear the birds outside my apartment everyday and it’s a lovely reminder that there is nature even within a city.

  2. October 5, 2010 12:15

    I know, good point. I don’t remember any birds when I lived downtown. Anywhere!


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