Another animal welfare concern made more widely known in recent times by films like "The Cove" and "Blackfish" is the keeping of marine mammals like whales and dolphins to entertain tourists. Intrepid has always felt this is just wrong, and don't include visitation to these type of marine parks on Intrepid trips.
Intrepid turned 25 last year. I'm proud that over the years, we have been able to contribute to various sound wildlife conservation projects around the globe and take leadership on wildlife welfare issues. In these times of an increasing loss of habitat for wildlife, climate change and other human generated pressures on the planet, it's important that we in the tourism industry who benefit from wildlife tourism, continue to grow our knowledge and actively participate in the best ways to protect wildlife. My hope is that in another 25 years time, we'll be able to travel and experience abundant wildlife in the wild, living as nature intended.
Here's Intrepid's information on elephant welfare and your travels. You can support WSPA and a range of other excellent animal welfare and conservation programs through The Intrepid Foundation. Intrepid Travel will match your donation dollar for dollar, up to AU $400,000 (approx. USD $327,000) in each financial year and a maximum of AU $5,000 (approx. USD $4,100) per donor in each financial year.