We believe that animals should be viewed – with no contact or interaction – doing what they do best; living in the wild.

At Intrepid, we actively discourage our passengers from participating in activities that exploit wild or domestic animals.

We believe animal welfare should be measured against the Five Freedoms – universally accepted pillars established to protect animals living under human control.

These are:

  • Freedom from hunger and thirst

  • Freedom from discomfort

  • Freedom from pain, injury or disease

  • Freedom to express normal behaviour

  • Freedom from fear and distress 

As part of our commitment to upholding these freedoms, we became the first global tour operator to ban elephant riding on all our trips in 2014. This came after our not-for-profit arm, The Intrepid Foundation, funded World Animal Protection research in South East Asia in 2010, which revealed the impact this has on the elephants’ physical and mental wellbeing.

We only offer horse, donkey or camel rides if we’re confident their wellbeing isn’t compromised. We educate our travellers to look out for animals that are underfed or possibly subject to physical abuse, and we ask travellers to consider their own weight when riding an animal.

Animal Welfare

Activities such as walking with lions and petting wildlife are not permitted on any Intrepid trip, and we avoid places that provide these experiences. For us, captivity is only acceptable when it is in the animal’s best interests, and the highest standards of care are provided.

Intrepid is part of the World Animal Protection Proving Demand Working Group, which brings travel businesses together to demonstrate the demand for alternatives to elephant riding, and higher standards of animal welfare. We are also a signatory of the World Travel and Tourism Council’s Declaration on Illegal Wildlife Trade, and a member of their working group.

Animal Welfare Reports

2019 Animal Welfare Guidelines Intrepid Group Global
2016 Born to Be Wild – Wildlife Pledge Intrepid Group Global