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Wildlife-friendly pledge

Travel & tourism

The future of tourism is wildlife-friendly

Discover travel companies all over the world boldly committing to move away from selling and promoting cruel wildlife entertainment.

What is wildlife entertainment?

Wildlife entertainment includes keeping or using wild animals for activities that:

  • risk portraying or trivialising them as pets, novelty objects, comedians, or domesticated species,
  • encourage animals to perform behaviours that are either unnatural, unnecessary, or harmful,
  • may risk replication of similar activities in harmful ways in other places,
  • involve settings or procedures that may be considered stressful or harmful to all or individual animals,
  • expose visitors or handlers to unnecessary risks of injury or disease,
  • are commerce-driven beyond sustaining maintenance of the animals at facilities striving to phase-out captive wild animal keeping.

These companies have made a commitment

A commitment to move away from selling and promoting activities that use captive wild animals as entertainment such as riding or bathing elephants, taking a tiger selfie, walking with lions, or swimming with dolphins.

By working with World Animal Protection they are helping transition the travel industry towards a wildlife-friendly future.

World Animal Protection recognises that change can’t always happen overnight, but will hold companies to account if they are not fulfilling their commitments to phase out cruel wildlife entertainment.

If you travel with any of these companies and you were offered (at your own expense) wildlife entertainment activities, please make your complaint to the travel company directly, and report this to us via tourism@worldanimalprotection.org.

Each one of these companies:

  • Believes tourism can be a force for good and can help keep wildlife wild. As a responsible travel company, we recognise the links between wildlife protection, human health, and a responsible and resilient travel industry.
  • Understands the link between pandemics, like COVID-19, and wild animal exploitation, and that the relationship between tourism and wildlife needs to change for the good of people, world economies and animals.
  • Recognises that building back the travel industry more resilient and more responsibly is vital. As we face unprecedented challenges and routes to recovery due to COVID-19, we want to be part of the solution for our business, our communities and for travellers.
  • Understands that tourists love animals and want to experience them on holidays but are not aware that across the world hundreds of thousands of wild animals are held in captivity and subjected to mental and physical suffering and exploitation for experiences such as elephant rides, tiger selfies, walking with lions or swimming with dolphins.

As wildlife friendly, they pledge to:

  • Review our product offers to determine if we are supplying anything where wild animals are being used anywhere primarily for entertainment.
  • Create a time-bound plan to help protect wild animals by influencing significant changes in supplier practices and/or phasing-out wildlife entertainment from our promotions and offers.
  • Adopt an animal welfare policy for our business and share this policy with customers and staff.
  • Provide our customers, if possible, with responsible wildlife offers where animals in the wild, at genuine sanctuaries or wildlife-friendly settings have the freedom and ability to exhibit a wide range of natural behaviours and tourists can observe them from a safe and respectful distance.
  • Promote responsible tourism amongst our customers to enable them to be wildlife-friendly travellers and advocates.

 

This list is not exhaustive and is regularly updated. Contact us at tourism@worldanimalprotection.org if you know, or are, a travel company that does not sell or promote wildlife entertainment; we would love to work with you and add you to our list of wildlife-friendly travel companies.

Take the wildlife-friendly pledge today

 

Below you will find the list of Travel Companies that adhere to the Wildlife-Friendly Pledge

Click the logos to visit their websites.

54travelercom logo

54traveler

AAT Kings logo

AAT Kings

Adventure Tours logo

Adventure Tours

Adventure World logo

Adventure World

African Travel logo

African Travel

airbnb logo

airbnb

Albatros Travel logo

Albatros Travel

Amazon Emotions logo

Amazon Emotions

Andaman Discoveries logo

Andaman Discoveries

ANVR logo

ANVR

Apollo logo

Apollo

Aroma Nepal Treks and Expedition logo

Aroma Nepal Treks and Expedition

Asiatic Lion Lodge logo

Asiatic Lion Lodge

Asien Paradisresor logo

Asien Paradisresor

A Trails logo

A Trails

Aussie Adventures logo

Aussie Adventures

Avifaunca Naturresor logo

Avifauna Naturresor

Awake Travel logo

Awake Travel

Baboo travel logo

Baboo

Bamba travel logo

Bamba

Bambus Rejser logo

Bambus Rejser

Bangkok Beyond logo

Bangkok Beyond

Blackbuck Safari Lodge logo

Blackbuck Safari Lodge

Booking.com logo

Booking.com

BRDO travel logo

BRDO

Brendan Vacations logo

Brendan Vacations

C & C Travel logo

C&C Travel

Carrousel Travel logo

Carrousel Travel

Compassionate Travels logo

Compassionate Travel

Contiki Travel logo

Contiki

Costsaver logo

Costsaver

Destination America

Destination America

Diverse World Adventures logo

Diverse World Adventures

Down Under Tours logo

Down Under Tours

Dragonpass logo

Dragonpass

Dusit International logo

Dusit International

Earth Changers logo

Earth Changers

Eco Tour Camp logo

Eco Tour Camp

Earthwise Travel logo

Earthwise Travel

Enjoy Travel logo

Enjoy Travel

Estacao Gabiraba logo

Estação Gabiraba

European Travel International logo

European Travel International

Evan Evans logo

Evan Evans

Exemplary Voyages logo

Exemplary Voyages

Exodus Travels logo

Exodus Adventure Travels

Far Away Adventures logo

Far Away Adventures

G Adventures logo

G Adventures

Geckos Adventures logo

Geckos Adventures

Global Basecamps logo

Global Basecamps

Globetrotter logo

Globetrotter

Globus logo

Globus

Go See Travel logo

Go See Travel

Gondwana Brasil logo

Gondwana Brasil

Gindwana Ecotours logo

Gondwana Ecotours

Grand European Travel logo

Grand European Travel

Haggis Adventures logo

Haggis Adventures

Haka Educational Tours logo

Haka Educational Tours

Hannibal Travel logo

Hannibal Travel

Headwater logo

Headwater

Helen Bateman Travel logo

Helen Bateman Travel

Highland Explorer Tours logo

Highland Explorer Tours

Højskolen Baobab logo

baobab.dk

Hojskolendk logo

HÖJSKOLENDK

Ichhe Dana logo

Ichhe Dana

Indigo Travel logo

Indigo Travel

Insight Vacations logo

Insight Vacations

Inspire Me Travel logo

Inspire Me Travel

Intrepid logo

Intrepid

Inverted America logo

Inverted America

iyooyoo logo

iyooyoo

Jambo Tours logo

Jambo Tours

JNE Group logo

JNE Group

Joker Travel logo

Joker

Kenzan Tours logo

Kenzan Tours

Ker Downey Africa logo

Ker Downey Africa

Kinalotsen logo

Kinalotsen

Koning Aap travel logo

Koning Aap

Koon Holidays logo

Koon Holidays

Las & Res logo

Läs & Res

Lion World Travel logo

Lion World Travel

Lotus Travel logo

lotustravel.se

Luxury Gold Travel logo

luxurygold.com

Medini Home Stay logo

medini home stay

Miles Tourism logo

milestourism.com

Minihiker logo

Minihiker Borderless School

MK Tramping logo

mktramping.pl

Mountain Cats travel logo

Mountain Cats

MUDA travel logo

coletivomuda.tur.br

Nalini travel logo

nalinitours.com

Natur Resor travel logo

naturresor.com

Navyush travel logo

navyush.com

Nazar Nordic travel logo

nazar.eu

Northern Holiday travel logo

bfjr.com

Nourishing Light Nature Education

Nourishing Light Nature Education

Oden Resor travel logo

odenresor.se

PEAK travel logo

intrepiddmc.com

Peregrine travel logo

peregrineadventures.com

Perfectly Planned Journeys travel logo

perfectlyplannedjourneys.com

Pinks Travels logo

pinkstravels.com

Purpose Travel logo

purposetravel.co.uk

relaksmisja travel logo

relaksmisja.com

Responsible Travel logo

responsibletravel.com

riksja travel logo

riksjatravel.nl

Rolfs Flyg & Buss travel logo

rolfsbuss.se

Safari Resor travel logo

safariresor.se

Sawadee travel logo

sawadee.nl

Secret Paradise logo

secretparadise.mv

SEIT travel logo

seittours.com

Shamocker Adventures travel logo

shamrockeradventures.com

Shoestring travel logo

shoestring.nl

Silver Linings travel logo

Silver Linings

SIVA Travel Services logo

siva.travel

Solresor travel logo

solresor.se

SPIES travel logo

spies.dk

Sustainable Journeys logo

sustainablejourneys.co.uk

Swed Asia Travel logo

swedasia.com

The Adventure Crowd travel logo

theadventurecrowd.se

The Family Adventure Company travel logo

intrepidtravel.com/family-adventure-company

The Flapper Life travel logo

theflapperlife.com

The Travel Corporation logo

ttc.com

Tjäreborg travel logo

tjareborg.fi

Tour Compass travel logo

Tour Compass

Tour for More travel logo

Tour For More

Tourism Cares travel logo

tourismcares.org

Trafalgar travel logo

trafalgar.com

Travel2 travel logo

Travel2

Travel 2 U logo

travel2u.co.nz

Travel Corporation Asia loog

ttc.com/tca

Travelombia logo

travelombia.com

Travel Phuket logo

tmttravelphuket.com

Traversing Africa logo

traversingafrica.com

Tread Right Foundation travel logo

treadright.org

Tribe Family Adventures logo

tribefamilyadventures.co.uk

Tripazzi travel logo

tripazzi.com

Trip Deals travel logo

tripdeals.co.in

Tully Luxury Travel logo

tullyluxurytravel.com

Turismo Consciente travel logo

Turismo Consciente

Turismo de Experiencia EU Pratico logo

turismodeexperiencia.com.br

Uniworld travel logo

uniworld.com

Urban Adventures by Intrepid travel logo

urbanadventures.com

Varldens Resor travel logo

varldensresor.se

Vegan Travel Asia

vegantravelasia.com

Viare travel logo

viaretravel.com

Viktors Farmor travel logo

viktorsfarmor.dk/csr-og-baeredygtighed

VING travel logo

ving.se

Viva Traveler

vivatraveler.com

Vivejar travel logo

vivejar.com.br

volontarresor travel logo

volontarresor.se

Voyage Sauvage travel logo

voyage-sauvage.fr

We Travel Responsibly logo

wetravel.dk

Wildchina logo

wildchina.com

Wilderness Travel logo

wildernesstravel.com

Wildlife Expeditions travel logo

wildlife expeditions india

Wildly Adventures travel logo

wildlyadventures.com

Wildness to Ours travel logo

Wildness to Ours

Winberg Travel logo

winbergtravel.se

Wolf and Co travel logo

Wolf & Co

Woods at Sasan travel logo

woodsatsasan.com

World Challenge travel logo

weareworldchallenge.com

World Expeditions travel logo

worldexpeditions.com

Yougrown Travel Academy travel logo

Yougrown Travel Academy

Zoom Fotoresor travel logo

zoomfotoresor.se