Tailor Made Safaris is proud of its animal friendly and sustainable policy. The owners are after all biologists and have always committed themselves to the environment and the welfare of animals, a policy they have continued at Tailor Made Safaris.
Predator Parks, Petting Zoos and Rehabilitation Centres
Our ethos for example does not allow us to book predator parks and venues where one can cuddle or walk with lions. If you would want to visit them, that is up to you of course, but we do not recommend it and will not be able to assist you with it. These attractions are especially popular in the northern provinces of South Africa. For example; in the vicinity of Johannesburg one can find the ‘Lion Park’ that is a popular tourist destination. This is really a glorified zoo and has nothing to do with watching animals in the wild. In these parks the lions cannot hunt and thus are fed, which causes them to display unnatural behaviour (like climbing on cars and such). They are also involved in selling animals to hunting reserves to be shot as trophies.
We do not have any problems with real rehabilitation centres where they take care of wounded or confiscated animals. Their aim is to always place animals back in to the wild if possible. In this case, the animals can’t have any contact with humans.
However, even in real rehabilitation centres, there always are individual animals that, for whatever reason, can’t return to the wild. For instance, if they have been kept as illegal pets before. These animals then serve educational purposes and you can take pictures with them and in some instances you may pet them.
Tailor Made Safaris has made a small selection of venues that are ethically sound and that you can visit without a problem.
We personally visited the 4 venues above and tested them against our ethos:
We can be short about this one. Tailor Made Safaris is not in any way associated with (trophy) hunting, will not book or facilitate any hunting during your tour with us.
Shark Cage Diving, Whale Watching and Swimming with Dolphins
Marine activities are becoming more popular every year. They can offer spectacular experiences. However, with those activities one should also tread carefully as many companies operate without permits and don't seem to care about sustainability or marine animals well being. Here is our selection of reputable and responsible operators, all individually tested by our team:
Theses operators do genuine research, have a qualified marine biologist on board, make use of facilitators who's sole job it is to ensure that tourists on board of their vessel do not harass the animal in any way, and have a give back policy where they donate a decent proportion of their proceeds to conservation projects.