On the 31st October 2019 the South African tourism association, SATSA, launched a guide to Evaluation Captive Wildlife Attractions and Activities to help navigate the complex issues surrounding the captive wildlife sector.
The guide document contains an interactive tool for easy decision making, through eight simple questions, on interactions through a “decision tree”.
The guide and tool are aimed at four key groups: foreign and local visitors interacting with animals, buyers such as destination management companies, tour operators internationally and locally as well as industry representatives such as associations, industry bodies and government among others.
The tool will allow these groups to assess animal interaction operations and make informed decisions to support ethically sound and responsible operators in South Africa.
WAPFSA welcomes this initiative and congratulates SATSA on this comprehensive document. This is a very useful tool by which to evaluate and select animal interaction activities in tourism.
“The voice against tourism experiences that include animal interactions has grown louder and has impacted on how South Africa is being perceived as a tourism destination” says Keira Powers, Chairperson of the Southern African Tourism Services Association (SATSA) Animal Interaction Committee.