Elephant at a higher welfare venue - World Animal Protection - Wildlife. Not entertainers

Elephant experiences to avoid when travelling



Let's celebrate elephants while keeping in mind that thousands of them continue to suffer due to tourists supporting an industry that profits from cruelty.

Thinking of a summer getaway and adding an elephant experience to your list? We get it. Elephants are fascinating animals and the idea of visiting elephant sanctuaries to interact with these gentle giants can be very tempting.

If you're thinking about going to an elephant venue, it's important that you do your research and that you make sure to select one where elephants are treated like elephants and not pets or circus performers. Choose a venue that respects elephants for the wild creatures they are and educates visitors on their highly complex needs. 

It can be tricky to determine which venues are responsible, so we've put a list together to help you spot the red flags! 

You can also read our Real Responsible Traveller guide to find out more about ethical tourism involving animals