We’re proud to align with the new policies of our sister sites TripAdvisor and Viator, and to no longer report on tourism experiences where travelers come into physical contact with captive wild animals or endangered species, including but not limited to elephant rides, “swim with” programs where tourists touch or ride on dolphins, and the petting of captive wild or endangered species.
The policy includes several exemptions, including:
- Domestic animals, e.g. horseback riding, children’s petting zoos with domestic animals like rabbits, etc.
- Aquarium touch pools used for education purposes where tourists are under the supervision of zoo, aquarium, and or wildlife officials
- Feeding programs where tourists are under the supervision of zoo and or wildlife officials
- Voluntourism programs for endangered species preservation at zoos, aquariums, or sanctuaries where it is possible that there might be some level of physical interaction with an animal