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.
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