Animal-related Travel Activities

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Animal Related Travel Companies

Five key players worldwide that offer wildlife tours are Wild Planet Adventures, &Beyond, Naturetrek, Grand American Adventures, and Tucan Travel.

Findings

1. Wild Planet Adventures

  • Wild Planet Adventures is a key player in the wildlife tour segment, as it was named by National Geographic Adventure as one of the "best adventure travel companies on earth."
  • The types of animal tours that the company offers include safaris, wildlife refuges, national parks, and kayaking among marine animals.
  • The locations/types of areas in which the company offers tours include Asia, Africa, Central America, South America, Antarctica, and more, across jungles, islands, rain forests, oceans, wildernesses, and savannas.
  • This link is to the company's website.
  • We found Wild Planet Adventures' website easy to navigate and find offerings on, as it is organized by destination, provides an option to search all trip offerings, states pricing information, lists accommodations, provides trip dates, and more.
  • Though the company's website doesn't include a per-se animal welfare policy/point of view, the company supports such initiatives. For one, the company offers "sustainable & responsible safaris" in which its "expert biologist & naturalist guides operate under strict protocols to minimize impact and habituation." The company also states that its customers' "presence [on the trips] literally saves wildlife and supports rescue centers, habitat conservation, reforestation and is 100% carbon-neutral."
  • Additionally, the company offers tours "to eco-responsible rescue centers, research organizations & more." Further, one customer stated: "The company seems to genuinely care about the country of Costa Rica, its people, and wildlife, while also providing a memorable trip for its customers."

2. &Beyond

  • &Beyond is a key player in the wildlife tour segment, as it was named among "The 8 Best Adventure Travel Companies of 2019" by TripSavvy.
  • The types of animal tours that the company offers include safaris, expeditions to see snow leopards, and jungle treks.
  • The locations/types of areas in which the company offers tours include 15 countries in Africa, plus Sri Lanka, Nepal, Argentina, India, Ecuador, Peru, and Chile. Those tours operate in ocean, savanna, and animal reserve/sanctuary environments.
  • This link is to the company's website.
  • We found that the company's website was not easy to navigate or find offerings on. There's a lot of content on the webiste and it's not clear what information is overlapping. While there are search filters such as destinations, type of interests, and time of year, we did not find them especially helpful in terms of ease of browsing.
  • &Beyond's website includes an animal welfare policy/point of view. Part of that policy states: "We strive to leave our world a better place than we found it through our care of the land, wildlife and people, and the delivery of extraordinary guest experiences in Africa, Asia, and South America."

3. Naturetrek

  • Naturetrek is a key player in the wildlife tour segment, as it was named among "The 8 Best Adventure Travel Companies of 2019" by TripSavvy.
  • The types of animal tours that the company offers include safaris, whale watching, wildlife cruises, dolphin watching, and numerous tours focused on specific types of animals ranging from butterflies to Lynx.
  • The locations/types of areas in which the company offers tours include Africa, Antarctica, Asia, an area it calls Australasia, Europe, the Middle East, North America, Central America, South America, and the Arctic, across wetlands, forests, coastlines, jungles, and savannas.
  • This link is to the company's website.
  • We found the company's website easy to navigate and find offerings on, as it was clearly organized by tour focus, destination, and provides a tour calendar, with specific drop-down menus for the destinations and tour focus tabs.
  • The company's website includes an animal welfare policy/point of view. Part of that policy states: "Ours is a tour company run by naturalists for naturalists. All of us have a passion for conservation, wildlife and wildlife tourism; the need to ensure the long-term protection of species and habitats is an important part of our lives."

4. Grand American Adventures

  • Grand American Adventures is a key player in the wildlife tour segment, as it won "the gold award for 'Best Small Escorted Adventure Tour Operator' at the British Travel Awards for 3 years running plus a 5-star Gold Trusted Service accreditation from Feefo, the independent and trusted ratings and review platform."
  • The types of animal tours that the company offers include wolf tracking hikes, float planes for spotting bears, whale/porpoise watching cruises, tundra vehicle trips, and Zodiac boat trips.
  • The locations/types of areas in which the company offers tours include the U.S., Canada, South America, and Central America, across national parks, wildernesses, oceans, and island environments.
  • This link is to the company's website.
  • We found the company's website easy to navigate and find offerings on, as it lists trips, pricing, trip length, location, and activity information.
  • The company's website includes a policy/point of view about nature in general, but not about animal welfare specifically. Part of that policy/point of view states: "We have always taken pride in our level of concern and commitment to the natural surroundings and the local people we encounter on our travels. As a company we support responsible charities and organizations wherever we can."

5. Tucan Travel

  • Tucan Travel is a key player in the wildlife tour segment, as it has been nominated for and received numerous British Travel Awards and has won two World Travel Awards.
  • The types of animal tours that the company offers include whale spotting, rhino tours, snorkeling with marine animals, elephant spotting, sloth spotting, safaris, and national park walks.
  • The locations/types of areas in which the company offers tours span all seven continents in many countries and are held across wild terrains, national parks, islands, savannas, national parks, and jungles.
  • This link is to the company's website.
  • We found the company's website easy to navigate and find offerings on, as it has drop-down filters for destinations, trip length, tour type (e.g. group), and tour dates.
  • The company's website includes an animal welfare policy/point of view. An opening section of that policy states: "We promote the welfare of animals in the following ways . . . ."

Your research team applied the following strategy:

We began our research by looking for award-winning wildlife tour operators, as those have received prominent attention (and thus are key players). We included the reason(s) we classified each of the companies as key players above. Our next step involved looking to see if those operators have a bent towards animal welfare, responsible travel, conservation, and similar. Each of the companies we ultimately selected meets that criteria and we provided information demonstrating that in our research findings above. Outside of the sources we used to identify these companies as key players, the remainder of the information we provided above came directly from those companies' website.
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