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The RARE Newsletter | Wildlife Week Oct 2023 | Vol 87
RARE India
Inspiring Conscious Travel
 October 2023

Remembering Anne Wright (1929 – 2023)
Integral to setting up WWF in India and appointed by the late Prime minister Mrs. Indira Gandhi to be a part of the Tiger Task Force, Anne Wright was the co-founder of Kipling Camp. She passed away on Oct 5, close to her favourite forests in Kanha leaving behind an incredible legacy. Awarded the "Member of the Order of the British Empire" (MBE) for her efforts to preserve India's environmental heritage and her conservation work with the Government of India, her life is an inspiration for those working for protection of our forests and wildlife. The RARE community honours Anne Wright’s stellar work and life.
Check-in at RARE Wildlife Lodges: India & Nepal
Every year Wildlife Week in October is like an awakening, forests verdant after the monsoons and on the verge of the first safari. Even as the chill of winter begins to set in, this is the perfect time to view animals of the wild basking in the sun during the day while preparing for cold nights. This is the natural heritage that our community has pledged to preserve through experiential lodges they have set up with naturalists and teams trained from nearby villages. We love them as ‘Friends of the forest’ – the nature, wilderness and wildlife collection of the RARE Community is an outstanding contributor to conservation focussed wildlife tourism. If done right, mindful tourism in our parks and wildlife areas will help build awareness among travellers leading to a participative approach to conservation tourism and protection of forests.
Bagh Villas | Kanha
Spread across India towards the Himalayan foothills in Nepal – from Little Rann of Kutch to the high passes of the Trans Himalayas, terai forests and swamps of India and Nepal, across central Indian plains towards the lesser known jungles in the east and along western ghats, RARE India’s collection of 27 Wildlife Lodges, nature retreats and birding camps are a window to view India and Nepal’s amazing wildlife. Here is what you may look out for – birds in Pokhara and Chitwan, Corbett and Kutch, snow leopards in Hemis, one horned rhinoceros in Kaziranga, elephants in Corbett, Bera's leopards, tigers and sloth bears in Central India and Rajasthan, Indian wild ass in the Little Rann, Malabar squirrels and hornbills in the Nilgiris… an endless list of possibilities.

“Noise is directly related in humans to heart disease. In animals, they can’t do their jobs. They can’t hear their mates. They can’t hear a predator or the prey they’re trying to catch. Those lost pieces of information have consequences.”
Jesse Barber,
Full article: Wake Forest Magazine
So here is another season, an opportunity to get our wildlife tourism right. Our lodges work on showing you the forest in its entirety – an environment sensitive lodge design is the base, built within a thriving wild garden supported with engaging wildlife narratives beyond sighting tigers. Sensitive and inclusive wildlife tourism is to understand biodiversity and the role of forest ecosystems through its bird and animal population, their habitat and behaviour; conservation that includes communities and their lives around nature reserves.
"Light pollution can disrupt critical behaviour in wildlife. It can stall the recovery of threatened species and interfere with their ability to undertake long-distance migrations, reduce breeding success and their chances of survival. Light pollution is a growing phenomenon which needs to be considered in conservation efforts and which can be avoided or minimized through nature-friendly lighting design and management."
Amy Fraenkel, Executive Secretary of the Convention on Migratory Species.
Full article: UNEP Story
Bera Safari Lodge
Travellers can contribute by respecting forests as home of the wild, choosing lodges who believe in the same and build experiences that place forests and its denizens at the centre of conservation tourism. Over tourism, unchecked experiences and insensitive design has increased sound and light pollution around forests. This effects the life of wild animals and birds, disturbing their habitats and confusing them thus impacting their natural behavior.
Jamtara Wilderness Camp, Pench TR
Every RARE Wildlife Lodge pledges to the RARE touchstone of Nature and Biodiversity Conservation and are often pioneers who have set the blue print of what a conservation lodge design and experience should look like. The experience is unique to its location and is further enhanced by adding experiences that include explorations of the buffer zone on foot, night safaris, local villages and ideas like the Star Bed to preserve forest tracts. Explore RARE Lodges, their distribution helps to curate interesting itineraries like the Satpura explorer or LUNGM?R Remote Camp’s snow leopard program.
RARE India is a collection of some of the finest boutique hotels with its heart set around conscious travel - palace stays, wildlife lodges, homestays and retreats in the sub-continent. Our hotels are often set away from the repetitive and regular routes, aspire to tread softly on the land they are set in and preserve the innocence of the destination. In short, you have a ’RARE’ collection of hotels and experiences for the responsible traveller.
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