Gray lodge wildlife area offers a glimpse a different world

Gray lodge wildlife area offers a glimpse a different world

We were met at the ranch entrance by several of the uniformed rangers who patrol the property to keep poachers out and keep an eye on the movement of the wildlife. They led the way, and three of them stood in the open back of their truck as we bounced along the usual dirt roads. Numerous homestays throughout the valleys are doing the same thing. Norboo nodded. Nobody dared to breathe. True to their calling, they stopped and carried it off to the shoulder so it could continue its journey in safety. But well-managed ecotourism has the power to help protect the forests that are crucial to their survival. Even though the focus here is more on science than tourism, good sightings are almost certain if you have the stamina for a challenging trek. Whether it was the thin air this high up, or the total lack of light pollution for miles around, the skies were beyond compare — black velvet upon which a giant hand had sprinkled diamond dust. Visitors can book a guided walk in the gorge. Can you upstage a snow leopard? Tanzania Mahale Mountains National Park Best for: Entertaining guides At square miles, Mahale is the largest accessible chimp habitat in the Rift region, and visitors see just a fraction of it.

Could it have been. But well-managed ecotourism has the power to help protect the forests that are crucial to their survival. It was a large Tibetan wolf, walking slowly up the hill towards us.

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We saw Tibetan snowcocks and clouds of red-billed choughs. Was that. They can set off on a half-day trek, watching a habituated group for an hour.

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After a night of altitude-induced sleep deprivation, we ate a breakfast of garam masala omelettes and salty, greasy yak-butter tea, our faces puffy and swollen from the thin air so that we looked like boxers. Climate change was making life increasingly tough for the snow leopard, Norboo said. Oh, and to put the capper on everything, we saw a magnificent lioness sunning herself on a rock very close to the road. Amazingly, around 40 chimps survive at high altitude over 6, feet. So instead of spending our days staring intensely at the rocky slopes for the merest flicker of life, we could relax and zoom out. A community fund was started, with 10 per cent of all revenue from snow leopard tourism going into it. We were met at the ranch entrance by several of the uniformed rangers who patrol the property to keep poachers out and keep an eye on the movement of the wildlife.

Lammergeiers soared above us. So everybody now benefits economically from keeping the snow leopards alive. It was so impossible that for a second I thought it must be advanced animatronics.

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