Ethical Wildlife Tourism

Seeker Editors

Explore the vast and friendly wildlife on this planet through these amazing ethical tourism escapades, from underwater adventures to African safaris- the options are endless. Truly life-changing experiences are available on every continent, ride on a sled with huskies in the arctic forests of Finland or volunteer at an elephant sanctuary in gorgeous Thailand. Here are our top pics of ethical wildlife destinations from around the world.

Jaguar Rescue Center, Sunny Safaris, Koala Hospital, Shark Cage Dive · Marine Dynamics™, Donkey Sanctuary, Hetta Huskies, Kosgoda Turtle Conservation and Research Centre, Elephant Conservation and Care Centre, The National Kiwi Hatchery, Reef HQ Aquarium, Elephant Nature Park, Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, Giraffe Centre, Peri-Peri Divers 5* PADI IDC Center, CTPH Gorilla Conservation Camp

  • Jaguar Rescue Center, Costa Rica

    Image of Jaguar Rescue Center on Seeker
    • seeker

      The Jaguar Rescue Center in Punta Cocles Limón Costa Rica is an excellent example of ethical wildlife tourism. It is a sanctuary where visitors can see animals that have been rescued and rehabilitated, with the goal of releasing them back into the wild. Visitors can learn about the animals and their natural habitats, while also supporting the center's conservation efforts. All of the animals at the center have been treated humanely and ethically, and visitors can feel good about supporting their continued care.

  • Sunny Safaris, Tanzania

    Image of Sunny Safaris on Seeker
    • seeker

      Sunny Safaris is a reputable, responsible tour operator in Arusha, Tanzania that promotes ethical wildlife tourism. Their safari itineraries are designed to prioritize animal welfare and conservation, while still providing visitors with an unforgettable wildlife experience. With knowledgeable guides and a commitment to sustainable tourism practices, Sunny Safaris is a great choice for travelers seeking an ethical and rewarding wildlife adventure.

  • Koala Hospital in Port Macquarie, Australia

    Image of Koala Hospital on Seeker
    • seeker

      Koala Hospital is a renowned hospital complex located in Port Macquarie, New South Wales, Australia. It is an ethical wildlife tourism destination that offers visitors the opportunity to learn about koala conservation and care. The hospital provides a unique opportunity for visitors to witness the rehabilitation of injured and sick koalas, understand the challenges that koalas face in the wild and the conservation efforts required to preserve the species. Visitors can also contribute to the hospital's efforts through donations, volunteering, and purchasing merchandise.

  • Shark Cage Dive · Marine Dynamics™ in Gansbaai, South Africa

    Image of Shark Cage Dive · Marine Dynamics™ on Seeker
    • seeker

      Shark Cage Dive · Marine Dynamics™ in Gansbaai, South Africa offers visitors an unforgettable experience with great white sharks while prioritizing ethical wildlife tourism. They pledge to protect these magnificent creatures and their habitats while maintaining safety regulations for both humans and animals. Naturalists also accompany the tours, providing educational opportunities for visitors to learn about shark behavior and conservation efforts.

  • Donkey Sanctuary, England

    Image of Donkey Sanctuary on Seeker
  • Hetta Huskies, Finland

    Image of Hetta Huskies on Seeker
  • Kosgoda Turtle Conservation and Research Centre, Sri Lanka

    Image of Kosgoda Turtle Conservation and Research Centre on Seeker
    • seeker

      Kosgoda Turtle Conservation and Research Centre is an ethical wildlife tourism destination in Sri Lanka, dedicated to the protection and conservation of sea turtles. Visitors can witness the hatchery process, learn about the various species of sea turtles, and even participate in the release of baby turtles into the ocean. The centre also conducts research on sea turtles and strives to educate the public on the importance of preserving this endangered species.

  • Elephant Conservation and Care Centre, India

    Image of Elephant Conservation and Care Centre on Seeker
    • seeker

      Elephant Conservation and Care Centre is a highly recommended destination for ethical wildlife tourism in Farah, Uttar Pradesh, India. Visitors can observe rescued elephants, learn about their unique behaviors, and interact with them in a responsible and respectful manner. The center is dedicated to providing proper care for these gentle giants while raising awareness about the importance of conservation efforts.

  • The National Kiwi Hatchery in Rotorua, New Zealand

    Image of The National Kiwi Hatchery on Seeker
    • seeker

      The National Kiwi Hatchery is committed to ethical wildlife tourism, offering visitors a unique opportunity to witness the hatching of kiwi eggs and the growth of these endangered birds. Situated in Rotorua Bay of Plenty, New Zealand, this hatchery plays a vital role in kiwi conservation through its breeding and release program. Visitors can learn about the kiwi's habitat, behavior, and feeding habits while supporting the conservation of this iconic native species.

  • Reef HQ Aquarium, Australia

    Image of Reef HQ Aquarium on Seeker
  • Elephant Nature Park in Chiang Mai, Thailand

    Image of Elephant Nature Park on Seeker
    • seeker

      Elephant Nature Park is a sanctuary located in Kuet Chang Chiang Mai, Thailand that offers a unique and ethical experience for visitors to interact with rescued elephants. This park advocates for the fair treatment and preservation of elephants in their natural habitat, offering visitors the opportunity to observe these magnificent animals in a safe and respectful environment. With a focus on education and conservation, Elephant Nature Park is an excellent destination for those seeking sustainable and responsible ecotourism.

  • Sheldrick Wildlife Trust in Nairobi, Kenya

    Image of Sheldrick Wildlife Trust on Seeker
    • seeker

      Sheldrick Wildlife Trust is a leading conservation organization offering ethical wildlife tourism experiences in Nairobi County, Kenya. Visitors can witness the rehabilitation of orphaned elephants and rhinos, and learn about the Trust's commitment to wildlife conservation and community outreach. The Trust's mission is to protect and preserve Kenya's natural heritage, and visitors can support those efforts by supporting the organization and its work.

  • Giraffe Centre in Nairobi, Kenya

    Image of Giraffe Centre on Seeker
    • seeker

      The Giraffe Centre in Nairobi, Kenya is a prime example of ethical wildlife tourism, allowing visitors to learn about and interact with endangered Rothschild's giraffes in their natural habitat. The center's mission is to promote conservation and sustainable tourism practices, providing a safe and educational experience for both visitors and the giraffes. With knowledgeable guides and conservationists on hand to answer questions, the Giraffe Centre is a must-visit destination for responsible travelers.

  • Peri-Peri Divers 5* PADI IDC Center, Mozambique

    Image of Peri-Peri Divers 5* PADI IDC Center on Seeker
    • seeker

      Peri-Peri Divers is a 5-star PADI IDC center located in Praia Tofo, Mozambique. They offer ethical wildlife tourism experiences that prioritize the safety and well-being of marine creatures such as whales, sharks, and dolphins. By partnering with local conservation organizations, they aim to promote sustainable and responsible practices that benefit both the environment and the community. Visitors can expect a memorable and educational diving experience while supporting the protection of precious wildlife habitats.

  • CTPH Gorilla Conservation Camp, Uganda

    Image of CTPH Gorilla Conservation Camp on Seeker