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ECO-TOURISM AND CONSERVATION
FNQ Nature tours provides unrivalled nature and wildlife encounters on our small group tours through exclusive sites access, exceptional customer service, passionate interpretive guiding and a deep understanding of native wildlife and the natural environment.
We are committed to the preservation and support of native flora and fauna through responsible eco-tourism. Eco-tourism has many faces, here at FNQ Nature tours, we have ‘in house’ policies and ethical principles regarding conservation values to minimise our impact on the natural environment.
Minimal Impact Wildlife Observations
Our guides at FNQ Nature Tours are passionate wildlife ambassadors, we believe are at the forefront of wildlife conservation every single day. The way we observe and interact with wild animals is extremely important to us.
The welfare of the animals must always come first.
Our guides will instruct guests to move slowly and quietly around wildlife, keep a respectable distance from all wildlife, avoid surrounding the animal/s, and back off if an animal shows signs of fear or aggression.
We do not follow or chase wildlife that is attempting to escape
We use red-light torches/flashlights once a subject is located.
We avoid touching a wild animal unless the wild animals or one of our guests is in direct danger, for example, a snake sunbathing on the road, may be removed by one of our team.
None of our tours involve feeding or enticing a wild animal. The best way to observe wildlife behaving naturally is through a pair of binoculars or zoom lens!
The use of technology including bird apps with sound recordings have become a major resource for bird guides and enthusiasts all around the world. We must therefore use these supports sparingly to minimise the impact we have on native birds.
We use playback calls responsibly. Never during breeding, continuously, at high volume or in the same locations.
When spotlighting we encourage the use red light torches to avoid disturbing the birds and animals. Low beam white light torches are fine for use on the trail but not for shining at wildlife. Our guides will instruct guests to turn their torches off once a wild animal is spotted. This way our guests are free to enjoy the moment and take photographs while our guides use a red-light torch on the subject
We stay on roads, paths, and trails wherever possible and where not possible we keep habitat disturbance to a minimum.
We keep as far back from known roosting and nesting sites as possible.
We want future generations to be able to enjoy the things we show you now.
Flash photography is sometimes necessary to photograph wildlife at night. The best way to minimise the impact of a flash is to use it sparingly. Practise beforehand is beneficial, so it takes less photos to get ‘that perfect shot’. Also, good knowledge of your camera settings under those circumstance can really help! Our guides are always willing to offer assistance when required.
We do not condone flushing a bird or animal to get a better view or photograph.
We do not intentionally break the law or ask others to do so to see or photograph a bird or animal.
Reduce reuse recycle
We avoid disposable plastic bags or use compostable bags where possible
We transport food in hard containers which are washed and re-used, or in paper bags which are composted or recycled.
Our vehicles are equipped with a high-quality stainless-steel water station and washable tumblers.
We discourage the use of throw-away plastic water bottles by recommending that travellers bring their own bottle which we re-fill on request. If travellers don’t have their own bottle we offer a cup which we wash and re-use.
Throughout an 8-day nature and wildlife experience, our groups will participate in many activities conducted by our affiliated partners. We stay in local accommodation and eat at local restaurants. It is our responsibility to ensure our tourism partners share the same sustainability and conservation values that we uphold. Over the years of our tour operation, we have changed suppliers and adapted our itineraries to support natural preservation and ecotourism where possible.
FNQ Nature Tours has been successful in joining world-leading ECO Certification Australia by demonstrating best practice in sustainability and ecotourism! By achieving Ecotourism Certification, we have demonstrated that we are an exemplary operator in terms of sustainability and provision of authentic, high-quality nature-based tourism experiences.
Solar Whisper Wildlife Cruises operate our river wildlife and crocodile tours. They are 100% electric Electric boats that allow you to glide down the river with no impact on the environment – see, hear and smell nature with no exhaust or petrol fumes. Seating is along the edges so everyone has a window seat with a good view.
The AQC are a not for profit organisation, now in their sixth year of operation. Several Species Recovery Units are now established in Victoria and North Queensland. AQC emphasises the need for the recovery of these species in those areas, with unique, innovative and non-invasive monitoring methods that transcend current Animal Ethics, scientific methodologies and requirements.
A membership based organisation. Australian Wildlife Journeys addresses these needs by grouping together likeminded, independently owned and operated small businesses, passionate about raising the profile of authentic Australian wildlife encounters within natural habitats, combined with world-class hospitality
Tree Roo Rescue is a non-profit organisation that rescues and rehabilitates, orphaned, injured or displaced tree kangaroos for release back into the wild or for life in captivity as breeding animals for education and conservation in Zoos. Their staff and volunteers educate the public and increase awareness of Australian tree kangaroo conservation and the threats that bring them into care such as dogs and cars. Their primary vision is to assist in the prevention of the extinction of Tree kangaroos.
Our 4 Day Nature and Conservation Safari includes a visit from Dr. Karen Coombs who established the Tree Roo Rescue and Conservation Centre
proud supporters of
Far North Queensland Wildlife Rescue Association (FNQWR) is an independent, not for profit, incorporated volunteer organisation operating under permit from the Queensland Department of Environment and Heritage Protection. Our guides are active and passionate volunteers for FNQ Wildlife Rescue. While in our down time we are ‘on call’ to perform rescues of injured or orphaned wildlife. A great opporunty for us to give back to our native fauna
Bush Heritage Australia is an independent not-for-profit that buys and manages land and also partners with Aboriginal people to conserve our magnificent landscapes and irreplaceable native species forever.
We make a monthly donation to support positive projects and impacts throughout vast wilderness areas of Australia.
An Australian based charity launched in 2018, Forever Wild has a bold vision spanning centuries yet to come, for nature and human society. We envision a world in which there will always be vast and wild places, rich in biological diversity and human culture. Forever Wild is truly unique and is building innovative partnerships worldwide to create vast Shared Earth Reserves that are ecologically, politically and socially sustainable.
We began a partnership with Forever Wild in 2019 and in doing so, gained exclusive access to a private shared earth reserve 90 minutes from Cairns.
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