Cat Expeditions Ethics
Ethics in Regards to Wildlife
Ethics in Regards to Trip Leaders and Guides
Each of our trip leaders cares deeply about ethics in wildlife photography. Each trip leader sits at least on one ethics committee for a wildlife photography organization, including for NANPA (North American Nature Photography Association) and iLCP (International League of Conservation Photographers). Ethics are a major pillar in the thought process for each of our trip leaders. Their same views are shared by our local guides. This is another conscious decision we have made at Cat Expeditions. Each tour is co-led by a local, on the ground guide, who knows the area and animals better than anyone else ever could. We continuously seek to hire women guides and minorities.
Ethics in Regards to our Accommodations
To select our lodging we go through the pain staking process of researching all of the available lodging in the area. We then rate that lodging based on services, local or family ownership, operations sustainability practices, construction sustainability, and staff hiring practices.
Ethics in Regards to our Conservation Actions
One of the main reasons why Cat Expeditions was started, was to aid in the conservation of wild cats through ecotourism. Anywhere between 10-18% of each tour cost is given as a donation to a well researched conservation organization that works on protecting the wild cats in the area. Ecotourism can be a powerful conservation tool, especially when it financially aids cash-strapped NGOs in the area.