Tour de France — Please!
Increased tourism could help save Europe’s wolves, lynx, and other endangered large carnivores, the World Wildlife Fund argues in a report released yesterday. WWF found that a tourism project in Romania, in an area where a pulp mill recently closed, was successful in providing an alternative source of income for locals and in giving people a reason to protect animal habitat. WWF also examined cases in France, Italy, Poland, and Spain and found untapped opportunities for responsible eco-tourism. The group says that a number of Europe’s species of charismatic megafauna could become extinct within 10 years if more is not done to protect them.