Respectful travel: animals and wildlife
Tourists come with money, and orphanages aren’t the only ones seeing business opportunities. Animals and wildlife, especially when there are rare animals, are often exploited to the bone by the tourist industry to make money. Tourists often have not studied enough and have no idea of the negative impact they leave. Just think of the worldwide debate about riding Thai elephants. Africa too is full of its own unsavoury practices using defenceless wildlife. For example, you want to pet cute orphan lion cubs? These lions soon mature and regain their freedom – seems harmless. What travellers often do not know is that these lions are then easy targets for trophy hunters. As they are used to human interaction they make the perfect lion to be sold at a very high price. Unfortunately, this is just one of the many gruesome examples in which many animals, even endangered species, are used as a tourist money machine.
Still, not all interactions with rare animals are bad. For example, when you do a chimpanzee or gorilla trek in Uganda, the money you pay for it (which is definitely a fair price) is directly spent on protecting the animals and their environment. When you book a trip with us, you will be well informed by your Travel Designer. For example, did you know that wildlife conservancies spend their income differently to many national parks? We leave you with the choice to decide what you think is ethical or not.