A baby elephant and mother in Tanzania |  <i>Sue Badyari</i> Hippos in the Okavango River |  <i>Peter Walton</i> Zebra in Etosha National Park |  <i>Peter Walton</i> Tree climbing lion relaxing in Zimbabwe |  <i>Peter Walton</i> A herd of giraffe drinking from a water hole in Etosha National Park |  <i>Sue Badyari</i>

Promote animal-friendly travel to your students

Under the guidance of World Animal Protection, our parent company World Expeditions has developed an Animal Welfare in Tourism Code of Conduct, which we are proud to support, advocating for cruelty free animal encounters and encouraging travellers to follow the 10 steps outlined below.

10 Steps to Being an Animal-Friendly Student Traveller


  1. The best animal encounter is a wild one. View animals in their natural habitat exhibiting natural behaviours and do not initiate contact with them.

  2. Do not ride on the back of an elephant. To ‘train’ an elephant to accept riders, they are taken from their mothers at an early age and physically and psychologically abused.

  3. Avoid aquariums or marine parks where large mammals like dolphins or whales are kept in captivity. These environments are very unnatural and cause stress to these intelligent and far-ranging animals.

  4. Do not purchase souvenirs made from wild animals such as fur, ivory, shells, seahorses, teeth, rhino horns and turtle shells.

  5. Never participate in lion cub petting and lion walking experiences, many of them breed the lions for the ‘Canned Lion Hunting’ industry, to be shot in captivity.

  6. Do not attend festivals or attractions that subject animals to cruelty for entertainment such as animal circuses, dancing bears, dog or cockerel fights, running of the bulls and any festival that causes suffering to animals.

  7. Do not feed stray or community owned dogs and cats because it could take them away from their longer-term food source.

  8. Before riding on the back of a horse, mule or donkey, match your size to that of the animal and ensure that your weight is evenly balanced when riding.

  9. Only visit and support animal sanctuaries and shelters involving wild animals in captivity if the objectives of the organization are in the animals’ best interests (e.g. re-homing, rehabilitation or release into the wild).

  10. Speak up! If you see an animal in distress, please tell your World Youth Adventures guide. Make a note of the date, time and location as well as the type and number of animals involved. Take photos and/or videos as proof. Alternatively, if you see an animal that is well looked after offer praise to the owner and tell him/her why you have chosen to give them your business.

World Youth Adventures and World Expeditions has also taken World Animal Protection's Elephant Friendly Tourism Pledge.