Do your research
Understand the welfare and conservation implications of your tourism choices. Be critical of reviews and advertisements. Make decisions that support the market for positive wildlife tourism.
Choose the right guide/tour operator
Local, community-based, environmentally friendly businesses can have the least amount of impact on the environment, and the greatest influence of sustainability.
Avoid red flags
Pictures with monkeys, tigers and birds. Dancing bears. Riding elephants. Many of these animals have been stolen from the wild, live in poor conditions and will be killed when they become problematic.
Don't take 'natural' souvenirs
Rocks, sea shells, plants, and animals should never come home with you. If everyone took a piece of the environment there would be little left.
Be a conscious buyer
Do not buy products made with corals, hardwood, shells, ivory, fur, feathers, skins, eggs, teeth or other animal products; these can greatly affect endangered species.
Continue educating when you get home
Share your experience with friends and family. Teach about the wildlife, ecosystems and cultural importance. Get involved with environmental organizations working for causes important to you.
Consider carbon off-sets
Travelling can have detrimental impacts to the environment by increasing your carbon footprint. Well-designed carbon-offset programs can mitigate this by supporting the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions.
Support this website
Education is key! Informing yourself and others on what makes a wildlife tourism opportunity positive or negative in terms of animal welfare and conservation. Recommend this website to friends and family so the database can grow!