Travel with animals: How to find an ethical wildlife experience on holiday

It’s World Wildlife Day, and Rob Perkins examines how we can enjoy animals on our travels without putting them at risk in his pick of the world’s best ethical animal experiences

Wildlife encounters are a highlight of many holidays. But too often, tourist entertainment trumps animal welfare. So how do you know you’re not, unwittingly, putting animals at risk?

It’s not always obvious.

The thrill of playing with lion cubs in a South African rescue centre may seem harmless enough, but this kind of facility frequently provides animals for the “canned hunting” industry – lions that have had their fear of humans “cuddled out of them”.

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