LifePage Career Talk on Wildlife Management & Sustainable Tourism
By Padmaja Rathore
[Wildlife Conservationist & Hotelier in Bagheeras Camp]
What is Wildlife Management & Sustainable Tourism?
Padmaja Rathore: “Wildlife management attempts to balance the needs of wildlife with the needs of people using the best available science. Sustainable tourism is the concept of visiting somewhere as a tourist and trying to make a positive impact on the environment, society, and economy.”
How I got into Wildlife Management & Sustainable Tourism?
Padmaja Rathore: “After completing Hotel Management, I went off for an adventure with my sister, worked as a travel writer with Kuoni Distination Management and came back to my home to Jodhpur to look after my family business and added to my self growth, introduced Bagheeras Camp as a Wildlife Social Enterprise & community reserve when I was 23 and started the GODWAR CHIPKO MOVEMENT, stood up against mining in Jawai and Bera area, incorporated the concept of sustainability and indigenous wildlife management in the camps. I also run an education hub through skill training from construction to hotel operations & wilderness experiences like birdwatching, marketing, sales, photography and now filming in collaboration with the local uneducated tribals, I have worked with over 50 tribals. We have been nominated by OutLook Responsible Travel Awards 2017 in top 5 best wildlife properties , nominated by 14th UNWTO Awards for Innovation in Tourism, got to be a TEDx speaker at Bodhi International School in 2018.”
Padmaja Rathore’s LifePage:
(Wildlife Management & Sustainable Tourism, Padmaja Rathore, Bagheeras Camp, Jawai, Environment, Sustainability, Rajasthan, Desert flora & fauna)