In this marketplace of ideas on how to best raise the standard of care for animals worldwide in tourism, TripAdvisor publishes the various points of view and opinions from our numerous education portal partners in the areas of tourism, conservation, animal rights and sustainability.

Elephant Nutrition and Diet

Elephant Nutrition and Diet

By Asian Elephant Support

Elephant nutrition is an intricate subject with countless variables and outcomes. Though it may seem overwhelming, providing an elephant with a healthy diet can be done easily by offering a diverse selection of trees, grasses and produce.

Tethering: Integral to Elephant Care

Tethering: Integral to Elephant Care

By Asian Elephant Support

Chains are a vital tool in the lives of elephants in human care. While some think that chains look inhumane, they are really just as normal as a leash for your dog. Without them, elephants and the people who care for them face many problems, perhaps even the loss of an elephant. It is imperative that we, as conservators of the species, seek out all avenues to provide the best for the elephants in our care.

The Art of Elephant Training

The Art of Elephant Training

By Asian Elephant Support

Communicating with an elephant involves verbal cues, physical cues, and body language on the part of the human. Mahouts build trust with their elephants over time, and eventually words are no longer needed. But training does not stop. New situations will come about and the need for a new behavior or retraining of an old one is always a possibility.

The Right Questions: What to Ask When You Go to See Wildlife

The Right Questions: What to Ask When You Go to See Wildlife

By Think Elephants

When I travel, how do I know if the elephants or other wildlife I’m going to see are being treated ethically?

Tourism Needs Science and Conservation Education More Than Ever

Tourism Needs Science and Conservation Education More Than Ever

By Think Elephants

Doing proper research before you take a trip not only helps ensure that you can make well informed choices about where to see wildlife, but also helps prepare you to educate others, including children, after you return home.

How to be a Good Tourist on Safari

How to be a Good Tourist on Safari

By Global Wildlife Conservation

A safari is the adventure of a lifetime. A unique experience that gives you an extraordinary feeling of connection with nature. An experience of wilderness, where wildlife can be viewed in abundance in stunning places filled with beautiful landscapes, enormous skies and shimmering water. Respect for the natural world will help ensure a safe and enjoyable trip with minimal impact:

Leveraging Tourism for Conservation

Leveraging Tourism for Conservation

By Global Wildlife Conservation

In November of 2016, one of the world’s most critical and important places for unique and threatened wildlife received the largest critical habitat designation[1] in the Philippines. The newly declared Cleopatra’s Needle Habitat protects more than 100,000 acres of forest on the lush island of Palawan, home to a long list of endangered species that live nowhere else in the world. [2]

How to Leave No Trace in the Rainforest

How to Leave No Trace in the Rainforest

By Global Wildlife Conservation

Visiting a tropical rainforest can be the most incredible adventure of a lifetime. Rainforests are lush, beautiful places and home to half the world’s plant and animal species. But rainforests are vanishing under human pressures. If you are visiting a rainforest as a tourist, you can help save these special habitats. The tips below will ensure that you’re a part of the conservation solution and that you avoid damaging the very same sensitive ecological environment you’re there to enjoy.

The Impacts of Wildlife Tourist Attractions

The Impacts of Wildlife Tourist Attractions

By Oxford, WildCRU

What are the conservation and welfare impacts of different types of wildlife tourist attractions - and how can you spot them?

Wildlife Tourist Attractions – We Are All Responsible

Wildlife Tourist Attractions – We Are All Responsible

By Oxford, WildCRU

The unseen impacts of tourists’ decisions: who is responsible for regulating ethical standards at wildlife tourist attractions, how do tourists’ decisions affect these standards, and what should tourists be aware of when taking the decision to visit a given institution?

‘Greenwashing’ Among Wildlife Tourist Attractions

‘Greenwashing’ Among Wildlife Tourist Attractions

By Oxford, WildCRU

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