One of our members, Echidna Walkabout is ‘Getting it RIGHT’ when it comes to animal-tourism, says an international wildlife charity.
Echidna Walkabout Nature Tours has been given a seal of approval from an international wildlife charity which focuses on the way animals are treated by tourists.
Echidna Walkabout Tours, based in Melbourne, is now featured on the www.RIGHT-tourism.org website, which is run by Care for the Wild International. The website – dubbed ‘Trip Advisor for Animal Tourism’ – gives tourists information on how to enjoy animals while on holiday, without doing them harm.
Philip Mansbridge who is the CEO of Care for the Wild, says that teaming up with responsible tour operators was an important part of the project and that “it’s fantastic to have Echnidna Walkabout on board”.
RIGHT-tourism gives people factual information on every country in the world so people can avoid practices that harm animals, whether that be, for example, bull fighting or a badly managed zoo. But it’s important that we also point people to where things are being done correctly.
Janine Duffy of Echidna Walkabout is really excited to be teaming up with RIGHT-tourism. The RIGHT-tourism concept is the future for world wildlife tourism, especially in places like Australia that rely on unique animal experiences.”
Janine says that with the conservation work they are doing, and with the support of RIGHT-tourism, hopefully they can get more people thinking about the animals they come across on holiday, and ensure that we all respect them a bit more.”
Care for the Wild International is a charity dedicated to the conservation and welfare of wildlife around the world, and has been funding wildlife projects since 1984. The RIGHT-tourism project was set up to help inform people as to how ‘animals in tourism’ are treated around the world. Tourists are invited to feedback information to the site if they witness good or bad practices.
Congratulations Echidna Walkabout!
For more information, contact Janine Duffy at Echidna Walkabout on
+61 (0)3 9646 8249 or mobile +61 (0)427 808 747