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In celebration of Tourism Month and in the lead up to World Tourism Day in September 2021, Blood Lions unpacked the SATSA Captive Wildlife Attractions & Activities Guidelines in this social media campaign. The #ThinkBeforeYouGo campaign aimed to dive deeper into the world of ethics and wildlife tourism, and to draw attention to the SATSA Guidelines which had been launched in October 2019 to help tourists determine which types of wildlife tourism are considered ethical and which are not.

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Read the SATSA Captive Wildlife Attractions and Activities Guide

Evaluate Captive Wildlife Attractions and Activities with SATSA

#ThinkBeforeYouGo Campaign

Unpacking the SATSA Guidelines

In 2019, SATSA drew a firm line in the sand concerning captive wildlife attractions in South Africa’s tourism space, which is…

Why were the SATSA Guidelines created?

The SATSA Guidelines and Decision Making Tool were created around an ethical framework with an African approach, which recognises the importance…

#ThinkBeforeYouGo: AVOID Performing animals

The first one of five groups of captive wildlife activities to AVOID, as highlighted by the SATSA guidelines, is supporting facilities…

AVOID Tactile interactions with infant wildlife

#ThinkBeforeYouGo: If you are given the opportunity to touch, hold, feed or play with a wild baby animal in captivity in…

AVOID Walking with predators or elephants

#ThinkBeforeYouGo: The training and handling techniques used to train wild animals to walk alongside humans are frequently harmful to the animals…

AVOID Tactile interactions with predators and cetaceans

#ThinkBeforeYouGo: Predators are dangerous animals that can inflict serious injury to humans, especially during stressful and unnatural activities that put them…

AVOID Riding of wild animals

#ThinkBeforeYouGo: For any wild animal, having a human ride or sit on it’s back, is contrary to their natural behaviour and…

SUPPORT Keeping it wild

The SATSA Decision Making Tool gives people six questions to guide them into making the right decision about whether or not…