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  1. M van Aswegen

    I absolutely adore elephants, I’m totally crazy about them, and riding and touching elephants were high on my to do list, until I realised what these poor poor creature, which I love so much, must endure for me to do this, so now it is a HUGE no-no for me as well and I’m so relieved that I never pursue my dream of touching/riding them. I live in South African and seeing them in there natural habitat is so much more rewarding!

    • The Blonde Abroad

      I completely agree!

  2. Rachel Wuest

    Not to be *that person* that plugs their blog, but I wrote a post based on a lecture I was given in my conservation Master’s degree on wildlife tourism and it was very interesting! ( The study compared different wildlife attractions and their conservation impact and animal welfare standards and also had a bit on why people wind up going to not so great animal attractions (it’s usually because they don’t know what’s going on behind the scenes). TLDR; most “sanctuaries” are the best for both animal welfare and conservation!

    • The Blonde Abroad

      It’s such an important conversation to be having. Thank you for sharing, Rachel!