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TripAdvisor says it’s taking a stand on animal exploitation

BOSTON (AP) — Travel website TripAdvisor says it’s taking a stand against animal exploitation by no longer selling bookings to attractions where travelers can make physical contact with captive wild animals or endangered species. The policy, six months in the making, was formed with input from tourism, animal welfare and …

Plight of African lions persists 1 year after Cecil killing

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Some call it the Cecil the lion effect. A year ago, an American killed a lion in Zimbabwe in what authorities said was an illegal hunt, infuriating people worldwide and invigorating an international campaign against trophy hunting in Africa. Some conservationists, however, warn there are greater threats …

The Eight Rules of Booking a Wildlife Vacation, Safari – Bloomberg

Tourism has the potential to destroy wildlife communities—or to save them. Make sure you’re doing the latter. Swimming with whale sharks in Mexico. Gorilla trekking in Rwanda. Tracking pumas in Patagonia. Animals motivate us to make pilgrimages to the ends of the earth, filling our bucket lists and our Instagram feeds in …

Unpack the trunk: Ringling’s elephants retire to Florida

The last 11 touring elephants from Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus kicked off their retirement in Florida on Friday with a buffet brunch of carrots, apples, celery, loaves of bread and lots of hay. Circus spokesman Stephen Payne told The Associated Press the elephants arrived at the 200-acre …