15 March 2012

Monkeyland and Birds of Eden get FTTSA certification

The Monkeyland Primate Sanctuary and Birds of Eden, both located close to Plettenberg Bay, The Crags and Storms River, are the newest additions to the Fair Trade in Tourism South Africa (FTTSA)-family in South Africa's Western Cape.  
Monkeyland Primate Sanctuary is the world’s first free roaming multi-specie primate sanctuary and currently the top eco-tourism attraction on the Garden Route. Birds of Eden is 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.
Both organisations were established to provide a place of safety, care and wellbeing for previously caged primates and birds. They have a combined annual expenditure in excess of R8 million and employ over 50 full-time staff.
The Fair Trade in Tourism South Africa (FTTSA) certification is an independent endorsement of fair and responsible tourism practice in South 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.

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