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Traveling in Harmony with Animals

Whether striped and spotted or furry and fluffy, animals are a major draw for travelers. We’ve always encouraged our guests to engage with the environment around them – including animals – as long as it’s positive. Our animal interactions are based on the five freedoms of animal welfare below.

The Five Freedoms

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ABTA used these five freedoms to create guidelines for the travel industry. By partnering with experts like ABTA and ANIMONDIAL to audit every tour by May 2021, you can feel confident that all animal-related experiences will align with our high standards.


Freedom from hunger and thirst


Freedom from discomfort


Freedom from pain, injury or disease


Freedom to express normal behavior


Freedom from fear and distress

Travel Tips for Interacting with Animals

Sometimes, it can be hard to know what experiences meet the appropriate standards of care for animals.

To make sure your animal-related encounters are positive, here are some quick tips:

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Don’t support businesses that have wild animals as pets.

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Don’t feed, touch or try to hold wild animals.

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Support sanctuaries where animals are free to roam.

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Don’t pay to have your picture taken with wild animals like tigers, monkeys, or elephants.

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Don’t buy souvenirs that are made from wild or endangered animals, such as ivory, coral, turtle shells, tiger and rhinoceros products.

Animal Experiences on Tour:

Spot indigenous wildlife on an exciting river boat cruise on Tropical Costa Rica.

Search out the “Big Five” during an open-air safari drive on Spectacular South Africa.

Learn about giant tortoises at the Charles Darwin Research Station on Machu Picchu and the Galapagos Islands.

What other ways can you help make travel a force for good?

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