(Jackson, Wyo.) - Since wildlife is their business, it would only make sense for wildlife safari companies to have a strong focus on conservation. But one local wildlife tour company is taking it to the next level. Jackson Hole Eco Tour Adventures has donated more than $50,000 to local conservation projects in the last eight years. "Here in the Jackson area, most businesses directly or indirectly benefit from the collection of public lands that surround our community," said Taylor Phillips, owner of EcoTour Adventures
. "Visitors from around the world
travel here to enjoy our parks and wildlife and at the same time contribute
to our growing economy. As locals we enjoy recreating on these lands as
As a part of the company's Dollars For Conservation
program, 2.5 percent of the cost of each trip is donated to local
conservation non-profits like Jackson Hole Conservation Alliance, Teton
Raptor Center, Teton Cougar Project and Jackson Hole Wildlife Foundation.
Additionally, Jackson Hole Eco Tour Adventures staff actively volunteer by
caring for injured raptors at the Teton Raptor Center and participating in
fence pulls to help Jackson Hole Wildlife Foundation aide wildlife
migrations in the valley.
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*Ecotour Adventures Guide Jessie Stirling is an active volunteer with the
Teton Raptor Center, working both with educational and rehabilitation
birds. Photo provided by Eco Tour Adventures.*
"We at EcoTour Adventures feel it is important to contribute back to the
protection and preservation of what we enjoy and benefit from. That being
said, it is also important on an intrinsic level to protect and cherish
this incredibly unique ecosystem," Phillips added.
Learn more about Jackson Hole Eco Tour Adventures conservation work here.
*Feature Photo: Ecotour Adventures owner Taylor Phillips works with guides
Amanda White and Josh Metten to roll barb wire fence at a recent volunteer
outing with the Jackson Hole Wildlife Foundation. Photo: Sava Malachowski*