If you’ve been on a safari, you are likely privy to the importance placed on conservation efforts. Your guides serve as invaluable educational tools, teaching safari participants about local communities, the economic growth nature and conservation tourism can bring to areas of the world, and the importance of funding conservation efforts. However, not all safaris are run ethically; guides may sometimes physically provoke animals to initiate a more “interesting” experience. Stay away from these businesses. I cannot stress this enough. Choosing to give money to safari companies who promise action and who practice these unethical only perpetuates human exploitation of animals.
The best way to avoid these sketchy companies? Do your research. Visit websites, read reviews, search for accreditations/certifications, and scan the testimonials page of every company you’re considering. Red flags are more obvious to spot than you might think.