Can a Wildlife Sanctuary and Tourism Can Go Together?
So you’ve decided to go to a wildlife sanctuary to see wildlife as you want to be sure the animals are treated well. But are all sanctuaries the same? Are they all ethical? When does ‘green’ become ‘greenwash’? When does ‘conservation’ become ‘con-servation’?
This expert article from Paul Reynolds, from Wild Futures, which runs the renowned Monkey Sanctuary in the UK, gives some tips on how to tell the difference.
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I am often asked how you can tell the difference between a good or bad place that has animals in captivity. My answer is this, if the needs of the animals are put first, before that of the needs of the public to have some sort of contact with them, then that place will be on the right track.
This means that the public should have no hands on contact with wild animals (most zoo animals are wild animals i.e. not domesticated) as this is not putting the needs of the animal first (they need the contact of their own kind), it also means ensuring the animals have lots of space, even if as a result the place keeps fewer animals, this is putting the needs of the animals first above that of business and the public.
Read the full article at the link above.
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