Be a Big Cat Friendly Tourist!

 

Did you know that big cats and cubs are exploited and even abused at tourist attractions here in the U.S. and in dozens of countries around the world?

What can you do to make sure you don’t unwittingly participate in tourist activities that exploit big cats and other wild animals?

Easy ways YOU and your family can be responsible tourists:

  • Check out the Big Cat Coalition's fact sheet on Cub Handling. Click here to download it. 
  • Never pay to touch or have your photo taken with a tiger or lion cub
  • If you post a Tiger Selfie anywhere, be sure to include some text reminding people that posing for real pictures with tigers always contributes to their abuse 
  • Don’t attend circuses, fairs, or attractions that feature wild animal shows
  • Don’t purchase items made from wild animals, such as furs and rugs
  • Don’t partake in local “delicacies” made from wild animals, such as tiger bone wine
  • Only visit sanctuaries that are accredited by the Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries (www.sanctuaryfederation.org).