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Love animals? Have kids? Planning a family vacation?

Here are some tips to ensure your trip is animal-friendly too!

Animal-friendly travel tips:

DON’T take selfies with wild animals, DO take lots of photos of wildlife from a respectful distance

DON’T watch wild animals perform tricks, DO see humans perform tricks in animal-free circuses

DON’T ride an elephant, DO observe elephants at a sanctuary, on a web cam or in the wild

DON’T swim with dolphins, DO see dolphins in the wild with a responsible tour operator

DON’T hold wild animals, DO watch them behaving naturally in the wild or in a sanctuary

How do you know if an attraction or activity can harm an animal?

World Animal Protection uses the Five Freedoms of Animal Welfare as our test to see if an animal’s basic needs are being met:

1. Freedom from hunger and thirst
2. Freedom from discomfort
3. Freedom from pain, injury and disease
4. Freedom to express normal behaviour
5. Freedom from fear and distress

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Book with an animal friendly travel company

We are working with tour operators like The Travel Corporation (Contiki, Trafalgar), Intrepid Travel, World Expeditions and G Adventures who are committed to animal friendly vacations. Over 190 travel companies have committed to ending the sale and promotion of venues that offer elephant entertainment, such as rides and shows.

Download our full list of elephant-friendly travel companies >

Are you a travel company looking to join our movement? We want to hear from you. Find out how you can help lead the travel industry to protect wildlife.

A wild tiger is well camouflaged by the grass. World Animal Protection believes wild animals like this tiger should be left in the wild and not used as photo props for tourists.

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