About Us

Friends of Wallacea connects international travelers with communities involved in wildlife conservation, providing unique experiences for tourists and essential income for local businesses. Our tours are 100% locally-owned, generating income, employment, and economic growth opportunities in rural communities worldwide.

Community-run tourism operations are proven to effectively replace extraction-based economic development (mining, logging, agriculture, etc) to incentivize and fund the protection of threatened ecosystems. Friends of Wallacea works with rural and indigenous communities who are actively involved in local conservation efforts to help them reach a global audience of intrepid travelers who care where their tourism dollars land.

How We Select Our Partners

Friends of Wallacea works with local partners and communities to create sustainable, local businesses that promote wildlife conservation. These communities were selected based on their track record of working with Operation Wallacea, a conservation research organization that funds long-term biodiversity monitoring in threatened ecosystems around the world.


Friends of Wallacea vets each organization intensively, selecting only those communities that have demonstrated a strong commitment to conserving their local environments, as well as providing an excellent, unique experience to each tourist and student that visits their community. These organizations drive regional economic growth by spending over 80% of their income locally, supporting farmers, schools, and nonprofits focused on conservation efforts.

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Photograph Wild Transylvania

Transylvania: A fairytale landscape where bears and humans live in harmony

Our inaugural Photograph Wild Transylvania tour will lead you through the ancient forests and meadows of Central Romania

590.00 diving silba island

Volunteer Placement: Sustainable Development and Marine Research on Silba Island

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Soak in the beauty of Silba, a tiny island in the Adriatic Sea, where marine life thrives in pristine turquoise waters outside Croatia’s bustling tourism circuit. We are


Volunteer Placement: Wildlife Research and Sustainable Tourism Development in Transylvania

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Step back in time to the Medieval landscapes of Transylvania, where bears and wolves still roam the hills around cobblestoned villages. We work with volunteers like you to

510.00 boating in krka

Volunteer Placement: Sustainable Wildlife Management and Development in Krka National Park

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Welcome to Croatia, one of Europe’s top tourist destinations for nature and culture. Join us to escape Croatia’s crowded tourist track and help protect the hidden treasures within


Volunteer Placement: Predator Research & Reserve Management in Kruger National Park

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Step into South Africa’s Kruger National Park, one of the most famous game reserves in the world. We work with volunteers like you to monitor and protect the


Volunteer Placement: Animal Behavior & Human-Wildlife Conflict in Dinokeng Game Reserve

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Join us in the Dinokeng Reserve (DGR), a unique public-private partnership that is home to the African Big Five (lion, leopard, buffalo, rhino, elephant) as well as 170

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