Ecotourism doesn't always help orangutans, but may benefit other endangered animals

Ecotourism will only help save orangutans if it generates enough income to replace that coming from logging, new research suggests.

The findings are a result of the first study to weigh up the pros and cons of ecotourism for threatened species, co-author Professor Ralf Buckley, from the Griffith University School of Environment, said.

The study, published today in PLOS ONE, also found that ecotourism, regardless of scale, was making matters worse for the New Zealand sea lion.

However, the good news is that even after allowing for negative effects, ecotourism does help preserve seven of the nine species studied.

Last updated on 18 February 2016