Best for Wildlife

  • Best for Wildlife

    The Best for Wildlife Conservation category is awarded to an organisation actively involved in or engaging with tourism that can demonstrate success in improving the conservation of species and/or animal welfare in the wild.

    Entries are now closed.

  • Explained

    Nature-based tourism, including that to parks, reserves and wildlife sanctuaries, has the potential to benefit wildlife conservation but often does not. Moreover, tourism may often be detrimental to wildlife, especially where animals are disturbed or harassed by visitors, or where inappropriate levels of interaction between animals and visitors are allowed to occur. The focus of Best for Wildlife Conservation is on tourism providers and organisations working to influence tourism – whether tour operators, accommodation establishments, destination providers, conservation organisations or other civil society bodies including campaign groups – which have, through tourism, achieved measurable contributions to species and/or habitat conservation or improvements in animal welfare.

    What the judges want

    Leadership in Responsible Tourism policies and practices where clear positive impacts can be shown on the conservation of species or on animal welfare; proven achievements, including demonstrable measures of success and novel ideas which can be adapted and developed by tourism providers around the world. The judges are particularly interested in nominations that focus on improving wildlife conservation and animal welfare in wild or natural settings. This may include fenced sanctuaries or rescue, rehabilitation and reintroduction programmes with demonstrable evidence of successful reintroduction, but does not extend to zoos or other purely captive (or captively-bred) animal experiences

    Only work conducted during the 18 month period from 1 January 2017 to present will be eligible.

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