Wildlife & Animal Welfare
As well as our focus on environmental and cultural tourism, the welfare of wildlife and its natural habitat is also very important to us. We don’t offer elephant riding on our holidays and we abhor animals being exploited or put to any unnatural use, whether domesticated or wild.
In the same way our small group sizes strive to have minimal impact on the environments we visit, we work hard to ensure any interaction with wildlife is non-invasive and respects their habitat. Our focus is on ensuring we maintain long term benefits for wildlife, in the same way we do for local communities and the destinations we visit.
We support TOFTigers, a travel trade non-profit and sustainability organisation, with its global campaign to protect tigers, wildlife and wilderness in the Indian subcontinent and benefit rural communities through sustainable nature tourism.
TOFTigers operate a global supply chain campaign involving more than 180 companies to ensure sustainable policies and practices. Their pioneering PUG eco-rating scheme now covers more than 60 wildlife lodges in 20 parks in India and Nepal with plans to extend much more widely. They also support a network of Village Wildlife Guardians, run Wildlife Tourism Awards, publish the Good Wildlife Travel Guide, and promote conservation, nature education and responsible tourism in wildlife reserves.
On behalf of every client that visits the Democratic Republic of Congo with us, Wild Frontiers makes a donation to The Pole Pole Foundation, a Congolese-led community conservation organisation working to protect the endangered Eastern Lowland Gorillas and their habitat in the Kahuzi-Biega National Park.
The foundation was set up by esteemed conservationist and philanthropist, John Kahekwa, to work with the communities living around the national park to help protect the gorillas through education, tree planting and anti-poaching programmes.
The Wild Frontiers Foundation has also funded a major a community education and conservation project in conjunction with The Pole Pole Foundation, which has given over 230 local people the opportunity to visit the gorillas they are learning to protect. Read more on our blog.