G Adventures: Animal Welfare Policies in Practice

Written By: Cathy McCabe
Category: Our Champions

“Wildlife has a right to a wild life.”

This is the guiding principle of G Adventures’ new animal welfare policy, and we couldn’t agree more.

A small-group tour company based out of Toronto, G Adventures was founded by Bruce Poon Tip in 1990. After a backpacking trip through Asia, Bruce returned home and decided to share his travel adventures with others. Today, the organisation has more than 28 offices worldwide and is one of the world’s biggest adventure travel companies.

Since 2016, G Adventures has partnered with the Jane Goodall Institute of Canada to create 20 wildlife-focused tours that emphasise respect and responsibility for the natural world. Destinations include Tanzania, the Serengeti, the Galapagos Islands and Borneo.

Protecting animals is an everyday commitment for G Adventures. The new animal welfare policy, developed in consultation with World Animal Protection, the Jane Goodall Institute and World Cetacean Alliance, replaces the company’s earlier animal welfare guidelines that were introduced in 2015. It ensures that travelers keep a safe and respectful distance from animals when viewing them in their natural habitats, only allowing the viewing of captive animals if they are housed in acceptable and natural conditions such as at sanctuaries or conservation centres. In doing so, G Adventures’ hope their policy will educate travelers about viewing wildlife responsibly and help them make mindful choices. As Dr. Goodall said, “we have a choice to use the gifts of our lives to make the world a better place.”

Take a look at the full policy here!

Photo credits, in order: Andy Nelson, Rick Quinn, Kristin J. Mosher, Fernando Turmo