Global Humane, a leading organisation dedicated to animal welfare and wildlife conservation, identified an opportunity to apply its expertise in animal welfare to create a new and unique certification programme in Humane Tourism™.
The programme aims to recognise tourism providers that meet comprehensive welfare criteria and standards for animal well-being. It is a unique animal welfare certification programme that – through a Scientific Advisory Committee and a rigorous auditing process – evaluates and certifies wildlife reserves, lodge facilities and tour operators for their humane responsibilities toward the animal life encountered and impacted by their operations.
The announcement of the inaugural Humane Tourism™ Certification designations were made at a prestigious event held in Washington, DC on October 3, when Global Humane made public the five properties in Africa that had their stamp of approval. Four of these are Mantis Collection properties, which can proudly call themselves the first Humane Tourism™ recipients:
- Mantis Founders Lodge in South Africa
- Ichingo Chobe River Lodge by Mantis in Namibia
- Chobe Princesses by Mantis on the border of Namibia and Botswana
- Zambezi Queen by Mantis on the border of Namibia and Botswana
A fifth property – Nyosi Wildlife Reserve in the Eastern Cape, South Africa – was also presented with a Humane Tourism™ Certification.