Flight Centre is committed to promoting responsible travel and conservation in Africa.

Did you know that a century ago there were 200,000 lions? Today, that number has decreased to just 20,000. Lions are officially classed as a vulnerable species, which means it’s crucial to raise awareness of lion conservation in Africa to start reversing this decline. This can be achieved by inspiring the next generation of conservation leaders and starting a conversation around responsible travel. Educating younger generations about the importance of conservation will help ensure the long-term health of our planet for the future.

 

The kings of the jungle need your help. There are incredible lion conservation projects in Africa focusing on wildlife care and rehabilitation or research and management with the goal of learning more about ways to help save these beautiful creatures from further harm or extinction. There are many ways to help protect these majestic animals. You could become an advocate for wildlife, stay informed about the threats to lions, or get involved with a lion conservation project right in the heart of Africa! Together, we can help wildlife heroes save lions.

 

In reality, responsible travel isn’t difficult to achieve. With a little conscious thought and preparation, you can ensure that you have a wonderful holiday while having only a positive impact on the destinations that you visit.

 

 

 

Flight Centre’s Responsible Travel top tips:

BE MINDFUL of wildlife – Take a ‘look but don’t touch’ approach to wildlife activities and avoid any attractions that involve ‘performance’, riding or closely engaging with wild animals. As a rule, any activity that an animal would not do in the wild is the result of exploitation. Marvel at beautiful creatures, but don’t demean them.

 

RESPECT local people and culture – Along with obeying local laws, this relates to dressing and behaving in a manner appropriate to the community. Learn about the people’s way of life, be polite and keep an open mind. Ensure that your interaction with locals, including children, is respectful and appropriate.

 

GO LOCAL – Enjoy locally owned and operated restaurants and bars. Shop in the local markets and stores and utilise the expertise of local guides when booking tours or activities.

 

CONSERVE water – Much of the world suffers from a shortage of clean water and this is particularly true in Africa. We can help by reusing hotel towels, taking short showers and turning off the tap.

 

REDUCE your waste – Ditch the plastic bag, refuse unnecessary packaging, dispose of your waste responsibly and pick up rubbish too! Recycle as much as possible.