Journal of
Geography and Regional Planning

  • Abbreviation: J. Geogr. Reg. Plann.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 2070-1845
  • DOI: 10.5897/JGRP
  • Start Year: 2008
  • Published Articles: 385

Full Length Research Paper

Eco-tourism necessity to preserve and maintain endangered species: A case study of mugger crocodile

  Ali Khaksari Rafsanjani and Mehrdad Karami*  
Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Allameh Tabataba'i, Shari'ati.Al, Ghol Nabi Avenue, Tehran, Iran. 
Email: [email protected]

  •  Accepted: 28 September 2011
  •  Published: 18 November 2011

Abstract

 

The geographical study of Iran and the feasibility study of tourism attractions in the country indicated that "eco-tourism" is an apt and unique, but neglected economic resource. Protection of habitation areas is one of the main bases of eco-tourism. In the present research, we investigated the role of eco-tourism to preserve and maintain an animal on the verge of extinction [the mugger crocodile (Crocodylus palustris)]. It is hoped that the Iranian and global environment authorities take the issue into consideration to strive for the preservation of this unique species. This research aims at the development and application of the endangered species in eco-tourism and is based upon deep interviews with the local environment authorities and fields visits. The results indicated that Bahukalat (Gando) protected area, which enjoys national and international attractions, such as the mugger crocodile (C. palustris), Oman sea coast and Gwadar Bay and  regional attractions like Bahukalat river, specific customs, local foods and handicrafts, has major importance in regard to tourism development, specially eco-tourism.

 

Key words: Bahukalat (Gando) protected area, endangered species, the mugger crocodile, tourism, eco-tourism.