(TRAVELWIRES) : Monkeyland Primate Sanctuary and Birds of Eden are the newest additions to the FTTSA-family in theWestern Cape. The two FTTSA-certified tourism businesses were established to provide a place of safety, care and wellbeing for previously caged primates and previously caged birds.
Monkeyland Primate Sanctuary and Birds of Eden are the newest additions to the FTTSA-family in theWestern Cape. The two FTTSA-certified tourism businesses were established to provide a place of safety, care and wellbeing for previously caged primates and previously caged birds.
Monkeyland Primate Sanctuary is the world’s first free roaming multi-specie primate sanctuary and currently the top eco-tourism attraction on theGarden Route. One of the Monkeyland’s objectives is to create awareness about the plight of primates and to show that with a greater understanding of our primate cousins, we can all live in harmony. Monkeyland has captured the hearts of visitors in its efforts to rehabilitate and free previously caged primates.
Birds ofEdenis the world’s largest free flight aviary and bird sanctuary. The unique two hectare dome spans a gorge of indigenous forest, which houses over 3,500 birds.
The long term aim of the sanctuaries is to provide groups of selected species of primates and birds that are genetically pure, wild and healthy, and that can be reintroduced into their home ranges. The importance of having the seeds to reverse extinction cannot be over stated.
The combined sanctuaries have an annual expenditure well in excess of R8 million directly into the local economy. This includes the employment of over 50 full time staff, who in turn have in excess of 150 dependents. Furthermore, the sanctuaries are world renowned and attract local and international visitors toPlettenbergBayand the area. These visitors in turn have 2 expenditure in the local economy, which ranges from expenditure on accommodation, food, fuel and patronage of a wide range of enterprises and products across the spectrum.
This is what Tony Blignaut, CEO of Primates Resorts Pty Ltd, had to say about being FTTSA-certified, “Now that it is done, and knowing how important fairness is in terms of maintaining a healthy tourism industry, we are literally over the moon that we were accredited, and look forward to building onto the existing platform through our active participation in the whole process going forward.”
FTTSA certification is an independent endorsement of fair and responsible tourism practice inSouth Africa. It is based on adherence to specific criteria including fair wages and working conditions, fair distribution of benefits, ethical business practice, and respect for human rights, culture and the environment. Certification is offered on a voluntary basis to providers of tourist accommodation, activities and attractions.