Amazing trips that help wildlife

Cross a fantastic wildlife encounter off your bucket-list this holiday

TORONTO, Dec. 15, 2016 /CNW/ - One of the world's leading responsible travel companies, World Expeditions, has joined forces with World Animal Protection to develop a range of new wildlife adventures in Kenya, India, Thailand and Romania that offer hand-crafted wildlife encounters without bringing harm to animals.

These new itineraries focus on incredible animal-friendly encounters and would make a once in a lifetime gift for yourself or a very special animal-lover in your life this holiday.

"Travellers can join these four new trips, safe in the knowledge that World Animal Protection has reviewed the carefully-crafted itineraries and given them their stamp of approval", says Donna Lawrence, Responsible Travel Manager at World Expeditions. "Travellers on the India, Kenya and Thailand trips will be met in country by a representative of World Animal Protection to learn about the challenges and success being made in their respective countries in relation to animal welfare"

"In addition, World Expeditions is donating a percentage of each trip to World Animal Protection to support their work to save animals from abuse and neglect," Ms Lawrence said.

"Many tourists who love animals are simply not aware of the hidden cruelties that go on behind the scenes at wild animal attractions such as elephant rides or posing for a photo with a tiger," says Josey Kitson Executive Director at World Animal Protection. "By partnering with World Expeditions we can help tourists choose alternatives that improve the lives of animals around the world".

If animal encounters are high on your list for your next adventure and you want to make sure your experiences aren't harmful, then these adventures are perfect for you.

Wild Animal Encounters in India
On this 14-day adventure, travellers will set off on wildlife excursions in some of India's best National Parks spotting tigers, jungle cats, various species of deer, sloth, otters, rhesus monkeys and much more – all in their wild habitat and displaying their natural behaviors. The itinerary also includes visits to some of India's most famous landmarks and cities including the Taj Mahal and Agra Fort, the Pink City of Jaipur and the bustling city of Delhi. Wild Animal Encounters in India departs from Delhi, 29 October 2017. Cost from $3750 (excluding international airfares).

Wild Animal Encounters in Thailand
A 11-day itinerary journeying by 4WD and foot through Thailand's National Parks spotting wild elephants, gaurs, tigers, gibbons, langurs, macaques, barking deer, flying foxes as well as a plethora of birdlife. The trip culminates in the Surin Islands, an archipelago of five islands in the Andaman Sea - known for beautiful beaches, pristine ocean, amazing sunsets, intriguing Moken culture and diverse marine life. Wild Animal Encounters in Thailand departs 25 November, 2017. Cost from $3720 (excluding international airfares).

Animal Encounters in Romania
This carefully crafted 11-day adventure includes a visit to a bear sanctuary in Brasov and a dog shelter in Constanta, both supported by World Animal Protection. There's also a four-day walk exploring the stunning mountain landscapes, deep forests and preserved mediaeval towns of Transylvania including the famous Bran Castle, connected through folklore to the fictitious character, Dracula.  Animal Encounters in Romania departs Bucharest on 14 May, 2017. Cost from $2699 (excluding international airfares).

Wild Animal Encounters in Kenya
Visit some of Kenya's most sustainable national parks and conservancies on this 11-day adventure. Wildlife sightings will be plentiful and natural. Travellers can expect to see rhinos (black, northern white and southern white), lions, cheetahs, the elusive leopard, spotted hyena, black-backed jackal, caracal, bat-eared fox, African wild dogs, elephant, zebra, flamingo, antelope, giraffe, impala, mongoose, porcupine, yellow baboon and more. This adventure culminates at the David & Daphne Sheldrick's Elephant Orphanage. Wild Animal Encounters in Kenya departs Nairobi 7 July, 2017. Cost from $5690 (excluding international airfares).

About World Expeditions:
World Expeditions has been operating small group trekking and adventure travel holidays for more than four decades and is widely recognised for its ground breaking Responsible Tourism initiatives. This includes developing an Animal Welfare in Tourism Code of Conduct (in conjunction with World Animal Protection) and a Responsible Travel Guidebook.

About World Animal Protection:
For more than 50 years and in more than 50 countries, World Animal Protection has been preventing animal cruelty and inspiring people to change animals' lives for the better. Today we're working on projects with local partners, governments and businesses to find practical ways to prevent animal suffering worldwide.  We also collaborate with the UN and other international bodies to make sure animals are on the global agenda because animal protection is a fundamental part of a sustainable future.  

SOURCE World Animal Protection

For further information: For more information, images or interviews please contact Beth Sharpe, Communications Director World Animal Protection at bethsharpe@worldanimalprotection.ca or 416 369 0044 x111.

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