IMPERIUMDAILY.COM – BANDAR LAMPUNG- Elephants is still a tourist attraction in Lampung. The plan will be opened conservation tourism with the Elephant. One of them feels the sensation of living with elephants.
Lampung Province Tourism Office began developing elephant conservation tourism in Way Kambas National Park, to educate the public about elephant conservation and its habits.
“Elephants are still a tourist attraction for domestic or foreign tourists, so this year we will try to develop Way Kambas as an elephant conservation tour, so that Way Kambas is not only known as an elephant school that presents elephant attractions,” explained the Head of Lampung Provincial Tourism Office, Edarwan, in Bandarlampung, Monday.
According to him, developing conservation tourism can educate the surrounding community and also tourists to love elephants as protected animals.
“So far Way Kambas is known as an elephant school, where elephants are educated from wild to tame, and now we are changing the pattern to conservation tourism so that tourists can interact and get to know elephant habitat more closely because many people do not understand about elephant conservation,” he said.
He explained, conservation tourism activities carried out by inviting tourists to live the life like residents in several guided tourist villages that live side by side with elephants.
“So what we offer is the sensation of living with elephants in the villages of local communities and caring for elephants, while we also educate the community to regard elephants as friends rather than enemies, thereby reducing conflicts between elephants and the community,” he said.
According to Edarwan, the development of conservation tourism in addition to preserving elephants, and educating tourists can also be a source of income for residents in the tourist village.
“Through this tour, besides preserving elephant habitat, the community can be helped by selling their souvenirs, and tourists can get to know the culture and customs of the local community,” he said. (Ant / cak)