Animal Farm

Wildlife and locals seem to live in symbiosis. The animals lure the tourists, and get their habitats protected in return. A good deal for both sides, it seems.

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I reach a more densely populated area on the east coast. The city climbs up the hills.

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I walk past the station, …

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… cross the tracks …

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… into the harbour area …

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… where the local industry looks somewhat like this.

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Well, there is chocolate and beer, but i still wonder what it is like to make a living around here. The locals pride themselves of their proverbial ingenuity, and indeed they seem to have a natural talent to spot and take advantage of opportunities, like: tourists and their desire to see the wildlife.

The concept goes somewhat like this: You know some places where you can find iconic or cute animals, buy a used van and offer your tour on colourful flyers you pin to walls where tourists can see them. Then you wait for the phone call. I call.

We drive past farmland …

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… out to the peninsula …

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… where a penguin …

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… and some seals are on duty.

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We arrive at a private project build around a penguin colony and enter the trenches …

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… to visit the penguins in their homes.

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From a lookout …

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… I watch the penguins …

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… coming home. Win-win-win, I dare say.

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