Cheesemans' Ecology Safaris
Conservation and Responsible Tourism
Conservation Is Our Battle Cry
Cheesemans’ Ecology Safaris was founded on the mindset that in order to continue to travel to see nature in the future you must protect that which you go to visit. We have never lost sight of that mission and we are always looking to make a positive impact on the locations we visit and the world at large through responsible tourism and conservation efforts at our various trip locations. We encourage all of our travelers to get involved to help and share with those who will help as well. Below you will find a list of efforts and organizations we are involved with to help make this world a better place!
Would you like to help us with Carbon Offsetting?
Cheesemans’ matches your contribution to CarbonTree Conservation Fund up to the full offset amount per tour. We source high quality offsets through CarbonTree Conservation Fund, a non-profit we helped found, supporting pioneering forest conservation in the Rio Bravo Reserve in Belize, a Nature Conservancy project. If you’d like to carbon offset your trip, please see your invoice for instructions. If you would like to contribute to this independent of a trip please visit their site directly.
We are members of or support these organizations that promote conservation efforts and responsible tourism around the globe.
Adventure Travel Trade Association (ATTA)
The ATTA community is a vibrant, thriving, interactive network with 1,300+ members representing 100 countries worldwide. From tour operators like Cheesemans’ to tourism boards, specialty agents, and accommodations, all ATTA members share a genuine love for global exploration and a vested interest in the sustainable development of tourism.
American Cetacean Society (ACS)
The mission of the ACS is to protect whales, dolphins, porpoises, and their habitats through public education, research grants, and conservation actions. Together, we can protect cetaceans and their habitats in ways that restore ecosystem health, and in doing so, secure hope for humankind.
Friends of South Georgia Island (FOSGI)
FOSGI focuses on the preservation of plant, wilderness, human heritage, and animal life on South Georgia Island, including a successful rat eradication program. Proceeds from auctions during our Antarctic expeditions directly helped eradicate rats allowing the South Georgia Pipit to flourish on the island once again. We continue to support preservation of this special island.
International Association of Antarctic Tour Operators (IAATO)
IAATO is a member organization founded in 1991 that establishes extensive procedures and guidelines that ensure appropriate, safe and environmentally sound private-sector travel to the Antarctic: regulations and restrictions on numbers of people ashore; staff-to-passenger ratios; site-specific and activity guidelines; wildlife watching; pre- and post-visit activity reporting; passenger, crew and staff briefings; previous Antarctic experience for tour staff; contingency and emergency medical evacuation plans; and more.
Projeto Queixada/Peccary Project
The Peccary Project (Projeto Queixada in Portuguese), established in 2000, is dedicated to the conservation of the white-lipped peccary populations in the Pantanal and Cerrado in Brazil. Peccaries are indicator species in the region and so the health of their populations is important in indicating the health of the overall ecosystem and informs conservation decisions relating to ranching, deforestation, and wildlife corridors.
San Francisco Bay Bird Observatory (SFBBO)
The SFBBO is dedicated to the conservation of birds and their habitats through science and outreach. Founded in 1981, they have produced over 30 years of scientific information on local bird populations, working with both government agencies and partner organizations.
Santa Clara Valley Audubon Society (SCVAS)
We are longtime supporters of SCVAS, which promotes the enjoyment, understanding, and protection of birds and other wildlife by engaging people of all ages in birding, education, and conservation. Located in the Bay Area, it has over 3,000 members and is one of the largest National Audubon Society chapters in California.
Serengeti Watch (also known as Friends of the Serengeti) was initially formed to oppose a commercial highway across the Serengeti National Park but now expanded its mission to build a strong coalition of support, advocacy, and funding for the Serengeti ecosystem, the people living around it, and adjacent reserves and protected areas.
World Cetacean Alliance (WCA)
Through cooperation, partners of WCA aim to conserve and protect cetaceans and their habitats. By phasing out captivity and seeking to protect cetaceans in the world’s oceans, seas and rivers, they are a global community of people who care for cetaceans, study and respect them. They promote responsible whale and dolphin watching as an opportunity to learn, inspire and educate, on trips that are as low impact as possible.