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Promoting animal welfare

Promoting animal welfare

Promoting animal welfare

Respecting creatures of all kinds

Like architecture, food, and language, wildlife plays a big role in what makes a place unique. (Imagine—what would the Galápagos be like without “dancing” blue-footed boobies? Or Alaska, without regal bald eagles and grizzlies?) Animals are also essential to the life cycle of the ecosystems they inhabit. But too often they’re exploited, forced to live in inhumane conditions at tourist spots around the world, and objectified rather than respected. Here’s how we prioritize animal welfare on our tours.

Partnering with
World Animal Protection

We proudly work with the non-profit World Animal Protection to implement animal welfare guidelines into all of our itineraries. This partnership helps us make sure that none of our on-tour activities are exploitative to animals, and it helps us identify opportunities to share vital insights with our travelers.

Photo: Discuss anti-poaching efforts with an expert from the African Wildlife Foundation on our Tanzania Wildlife Safari tour.

Spreading awareness

By visiting rescue agencies, conservancy groups, and animal sanctuaries on tour, we help fund organizations that are effecting positive change for animals. Spending time in these places, and with the experts who run them, allows us to learn about vulnerable animal populations and what we all can do to help them, too.

Photo: Visit Chimp Eden, the Jane Goodall Institute South Africa Chimpanzee Sanctuary on our South Africa: Cultural Cities & Wildlife Safaris tour.

Observing with respect

Whether we’re out on safari in Africa or hiking through national parks in the U.S., Canada, or Croatia, we’re there to quietly watch—never disrupt—animals in their natural habitats. And when it’s time to move on to our next stop, we leave animals’ home environments exactly as (if not better than) we found them.

Photo: Set out for low-impact observation of nature and wildlife on our Costa Rica: Rainforests, Volcanoes & Wildlife tour.

The EF Impact Report

In 2021, we introduced the EF Impact Report to share ways in which our Responsible Travel initiatives are effecting change around the globe and shaping our travelers’ on-tour experience. Want to know more about what we’re up to? Keep an eye on EF Impact for updates about what we do, and why it all matters.


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Costa Rica: Rainforests, Volcanoes & Wildlife
9 days | 12 days with Manuel Antonio & San José extension

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