Ecotourism and misleading marketing
Many tourism itineraries include opportunities to visit animal facilities or participate in wildlife experiences, which claim to provide a conservation benefit. While there are undoubtedly abundant opportunities for tourists to make positive contributions to wildlife conservation through the activities in which they engage and the facilities they visit, there are sadly all too many instances where animals are exploited solely for financial benefit.
In many cases, tourists may not even be aware that their visits are contributing to this exploitation, rather than contributing to conservation and protection efforts. As travellers, it is our responsibility to be informed and to make the RIGHT choices.
** Are you looking for a wildlife sanctuary to visit or volunteer at? Check out our growing list of recommended, ethical wildlife sanctuaries **