Do you like the sound of wildlife tourism in Asia but you’re not sure what’s animal-friendly and what’s not? We’ve created this wildlife do’s and don’t infographic to answer all of your questions.
The do’s and don’ts of interacting with wildlife can be a bit of a minefield. There are activities that don’t seem harmful to animals when they are. We’ve partnered with Animals Asia to create this simple infographic of wildlife do’s and don’ts so you can be sure that your trip to Asia is animal-friendly.
Protecting Our Gentle Giants
The way elephants are being treated, especially within the tourism industry, is changing as we know it. More and more people are choosing to opt out of elephant experiences that harm these gentle giants or make them uncomfortable. Elephant sanctuaries and conservation areas are becoming increasingly popular and wildlife initiatives across Asia are beginning to change.
If you’d like to know more about our elephant policies, take a look at our recent two-part blog: Asia’s Elephant in Captivity – A Closer Look.
Buying a small animal-product as a souvenir may seem harmless but it promotes a much bigger problem. The illegal animal trade is one of the most profitable in the world and it threatens the survival of many of our beloved species. According to WWF there could be as few as 3,200 tigers left in the world and up to three rhinos are poached per day. By avoiding buying animal products, you’re cutting down the demand of poaching.
Just like human’s, animals aren’t fond of being forced into photos either. Unfortunately, there are lots of tourist attractions that use coerced animals for photo opportunities. A much more animal-friendly and exciting activity is catching a glimpse of animals in their natural habitat, whether you explore the jungle independently or jump on a safari. Not only do you know that these animals are happy and free, you also get the excitement of knowing your experience will be different to anyone else’s.
We all want to see dolphins, but do we want to see a dolphins in captivity? More times than not, the dolphins living at tourist attractions are captured rather than rescued. Rather than visiting a centre that uses marine creatures for entertainment, try a marine expedition where you can see these beautiful animals in the open ocean. Another great alternative way to see sealife is by snorkeling or diving.
Zoos and Safaris
There are plenty of zoos and safaris that have a positive impact on wildlife. These places will have strong care guidelines, and might take part in ethical breeding or conservation. Finding an attraction that has wildlife-friendly policies takes a little extra research but it’s well worth the effort.
If you’ve like to see what animal-friendly experiences we have to offer, get in touch with one of our travel experts.