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Animal Friendly Travel
World Animal Protection and World Expeditions advocate for wild animals to be kept in the wild, safe from unethical tourism. But we realize that navigating the world of animal friendly travel can be puzzling at times. So, we’ve taken the guess work out of wildlife travel experiences, and joined forces to bring you three carefully crafted itineraries that offer some of the world's best wildlife viewing opportunities.
If animal encounters are high on the list for your next adventure and you want to make sure your experiences aren’t harmful, then these adventures are perfect for you: all four come with the stamp of approval from World Animal Protection!
To top it off, World Expeditions is donating a percentage of each trip to World Animal Protection to support their work to save animals.
Which Wild Animal Encounter appeals to you?
Our commitment to Animal Friendly Travel
In conjuction with World Animal Protection we've developed our Animal Welfare in Tourism Code of Conduct. This code of conduct outlines the standards we expect in regards to animal welfare on our itineraries. It informs our local partners, employees and you - as a traveller, about our expectations in regards to the treatment of animals on all our trips. World Expeditions has also taken World Animal Protection's Elephant Friendly Tourism Pledge following our decision not to ride elephants - you can view it here.
Your commitment to Animal Friendly Travel
Here are 10 simple steps you can take to become an animal friendly traveller:
1. The best animal encounter is a wild one. View animals in their natural habitat exhibiting natural behaviours and don’t initiate contact with them.
2. Don’t ride on the back of an elephant. To ‘train’ an elephant to accept riders, they are taken from their mothers at an early age and physically and psychologically abused.
3. Avoid aquariums or marine parks where large mammals like dolphins or whales are kept in captivity. These environments are very unnatural and cause stress to these intelligent and far-ranging animals.
4. Don’t purchase souvenirs made from wild animals, such as fur, ivory, shells, seahorses, teeth, rhino horn and turtle shell.
5. Never participate in lion cub petting and lion walking experiences, many of them breed the lions for the ‘Canned Lion Hunting’ industry, to be shot in captivity.
6. Don’t attend festivals or attractions that subject animals to cruelty for entertainment, such as animal circuses, dancing bears, dog or cockerel fights, running of the bulls and any festival that causes suffering to animals.
7. Don’t feed stray or community owned dogs and cats, because it could take them away from their longer-term food source.
8. Before riding on the back of a horse, mule or donkey match your size to that of the animal and ensure that your weight is evenly balanced when riding.
9. Only visit and support animal sanctuaries and shelters involving wild animals in captivity if the objectives of the organization are in the animals’ best interests (e.g. re-homing, rehabilitation or release into the wild).
10. Speak up! If you see an animal in distress please tell your World Expeditions guide. Make a note of the date, time and location as well as the type and number of animals involved. Take photos and/or videos as proof. If you see an animal that is well looked after offer praise to the owner and tell him/her why you have chosen to give them your business.
World Animal Protection >> www.worldanimalprotection.org
- We end the needless suffering of animals.
- We influence decision makers to put animals on the global agenda.
- We help the world see how important animals are to all of us.
- We inspire people to change animals' lives for the better.
- We move the world to protect animals.