Discovery >

Responsible Tourism and Animal Encounters

At Khiri Travel, we believe that viewing wild animals in their natural habitat is the best way to experience the incredible biodiversity Asia still has to offer. However, when not managed responsibly, wildlife encounters have the potential to harm animal welfare and conservation efforts.

Potential negative effects of poorly or inappropriately managed animal encounters can include the disruption to a wild animal’s normal patterns of activity, which would include feeding behavior and breeding success. An example of a negative impact would be when wildlife viewing becomes overly intrusive. A degradation or change in natural habitat can also lead to an animal’s increased vulnerability to predators and an increase in competition between species. Zoonosis, disease that can be transmitted from animals to humans, can also be a serious issue. Lastly, accidental injury and killing of wild animals can be a serious consequence of poorly managed human animal interaction.

Other seemingly less serious environmental impacts include poor waste management in natural areas, trampling of vegetation and irresponsible construction. Safety of visitors in natural habitat can also be an issue if there is feeding of wild animals and humans are allowed to get too close to certain animals.

With all animal encounter experiences, Khiri Travel believes that contact between wild animals and travelers should be actively discouraged and the right distance should be maintained for both the safety of visitors and the animals concerned. Suppliers should have all the correct permits and licenses, while ensuring that appropriately trained guides accompany travelers at all times. Additionally, it is essential that the size of groups and their activities do not affect the natural behavior of the wild animals. In order to ensure customer health and safety, there must be effective communication on how to view wildlife responsibly for both staff and visitors. This also helps ensure minimal environmental impacts in wildlife viewing destinations.

Managed responsibly, wildlife encounters can contribute to the conservation of threatened species and their habitat. With this in mind, we have put together a list of acceptable animal encounters per country that we recommend in our destinations. You can find these lists via the links below:

For questions regarding the Khiri Travel wildlife encounters policy and other responsible tourism topics, please contact [email protected].

Latest post

His Majesty’s Coronation Day Set for Early May

The long-awaited coronation ceremony will include a public appearance of His Majesty on the last day.

Read More

Wildlife in Laos and the Unusual Role of Elephants

In Laos, a low population density and rugged terrain has contributed to relatively large areas of forest with diverse flora and fauna remaining untouched. The countryside contains habitat to over one hundred species of large mammals like tigers, Asian elephants and gaurs (wild cattle). Lao people regard the Asian elephant as a symbol of the power and potential of the forest. You can see plenty of images of them in temples and houses.

Read More

Khiri Travel Partners With ScottAsia Ahead of Expansion

BANGKOK, 31 July 2009 – Bangkok based B2B travel agent Khiri Travel today announced a partnership with ScottAsia Communications

Read More

Back to Nature with OurLand on the Kwae Yai River

OurLand is a true nature sanctuary where visitors can experience the magic of Thailand’s wildlife.

Read More

Subscribe to our newsletter

Our B2B newsletters are for industry professionals




*We’ll never share your email address and you can opt out at any time.