Ecotourism in Indonesia: Finding the Balance

A handler riding an elephant at Way Kambas.
A handler riding an elephant at Way Kambas.

2009-09-27 - Way Kambas, Indonesia , Zack Petersen

Indonesia walks a fine line when it comes to conservation and ecotourism. Dexter is four months old and weighs nearly 130 kilograms, he’s got eyelashes as thick as paint brushes and if you feed him sugar cane by hand he’ll be your best friend. Tika, who handles both Dexter and his mother, waves you closer to the four-meter-tall matron and her playful calf. Dexter swings his trunk and paws the ground like a bull. But he’s shy, he hides behind those lashes and the hanging belly of his mother...

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