What do you think of poaching

No business with wild animals!

What vacationers can do to curb poaching and the illegal wildlife trade

Today around 35,000 elephants are murdered for their tusks every year. Processed, for example into jewelry, ivory or other wild animal products are sold to tourists. More about souvenirs, food, shows & Co. in our holiday tips.


Ivory jewelry for sale in a street market in Myanmar - Photo: International Fund for Animal Welfare Animal Rescue Blog

Ranger on dangerous duty

Heavily armed poachers target ivory and rhinoceros. In the profit-driven hunt for endangered wild animals, many do not shy away from attacking people. Every year in Kenya up to three rangers die in firefights with people who are poaching. With an aid fund, NABU International supports injured or killed rangers and their survivors financially.

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Inform beforehand
Find out about endangered species and poaching in the holiday country before you leave, for example from the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), which also draws up the Red List of Endangered Species.

No photos provided please!
Avoid petting or photo sessions with wild animals (big cats, monkeys, riding elephants or ostriches), as this could result in illegal trade and cruelty to animals!

No deadly souvenirs!
Do not buy live or dead wildlife or wildlife products! There are fewer bloody and therefore more beautiful souvenirs than those made from plants and animals. Avoid ivory, corals, clams, seahorses, hides, skins, corals and bones!

Avoid circus-style attractions!
Avoid events and attractions where animals are tourist attractions or are shown in a circus style, as this is unnatural and inappropriate for the species and does not contribute to conservation or education. In addition to the harmful effects on the animals' health, these "attractions" can also pose a threat to tourists, for example through accidents, direct attacks and disease transmission.

Many wild animals in captivity are not kept to minimum standards and guidelines for animal care and visitor safety set by recognized organizations such as the World Association for Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA). In this regard, please also pay close attention to the tour operators, hotel complexes etc. who offer such events or even keep wild animals in the holiday complexes. In such cases, please express your criticism to the tour operator and rate these grievances on public platforms!


Coral reef in the Red Sea - Photo: Andreas Metz

No endangered species on the menu!
After safari or whale watching tours, dishes such as whale or dolphin meat, shark fins or turtles are often offered. Be aware that you and the other tourists are promoting whale hunting and animal species extinction by accepting such offers!

Caution - medicine!
Avoid buying and consuming traditional medicines made from animal products. Instead, choose products made from herbal or plant derivatives that are made with respect for the environment.

Marvel at corals - don't damage them!
Be careful not to damage fragile and sensitive corals while diving or snorkeling in reefs. Keep a large safe distance so that you do not cause irreversible damage with your diving fins!


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