Save the forest. Protect wildlife. Build a better future. Those are the credos of our Ayo! platform’s new project Out in the Wild.

Impressive wildlife, majestic forests and rugged mountains are all within Armenia’s borders and the Ayo! community is doing its part to protect this amazing landscape.

Nestled at the foot of a lush forest and rolling hills in Vayots Dzor Province in southwest Armenia, Artavan is a small village with less than 250 full-time residents. During the summer, however, the population grows to over 1,000 people. Artavan borders one of Armenia’s most expansive ecological corridors, making it home to invaluable biodiversity that’s necessary to preserve. With ecotourism on the rise globally, it is crucial for residents to leverage their environmental assets as a means of strengthening community development and their economy while maintaining a sustainable relationship in harmony with their surroundings.

To support the little oasis of Artavan, Ayo! has teamed up with WWF Armenia to further realize a harmonious future for its people and environment.

Ayo! will raise money to build a hide set in the forest, which will be designed as a wildlife lookout so that visitors will be able to get closer to nature without disturbing it.

Out in the Wild will also support the improvement, specifically the renovations and refurbishments, of three bed and breakfasts owned and run by Artavan residents. The goal is to equip owners with any necessary amenities that will best enhance their ability to host visitors, and thus ultimately contribute to making the community more of a destination.

If you want to join Ayo! as it works to inspire and educate the next generation about how to care for and enjoy this precious land donate today and contribute to lasting change in Armenia.