As wildlife encounters are central to our offer, the long-term survival and health of the creatures we seek out is critical. We work on the concept of “shared space” – where we adapt our behaviour and that of our guests, so the wildlife tolerates our presence in what is their home.
We do not feed or handle any wild animals and focus entirely on seeing them in their natural environment. An ethos of “observation not interaction” is shared with the protected area managers who look after our National and Conservation Parks.
A Code Of Practice outlines our commitment to sustainability for wildlife interactions, and this guides staff and guests alike. To ensure we follow best-practice, we have sought independent verification through Ecotourism Australia, a not-for-profit industry association which promotes authentic, responsible and sustainable tourism in Australia. Their certification program assists tourism businesses to reach best-practice standards and deliver quality experiences to travellers with minimal impact on the environment.
Exceptional Kangaroo Island was one of the pilot businesses in the development of the accreditation scheme and has held Advanced Ecotourism Accreditation status now for 20 years. This accreditation is not an end result – it not a destination but a journey and we adopt a process of “continuous improvement” to enhance our sustainability.
The object of the Ecotourism Australia Certification Program is to introduce you to Australia’s leading and most innovative ecotourism products, providing an opportunity to learn about the environment with an operator who is committed to achieving best practice when using resources wisely, contributing to the conservation of the environment, and helping local communities.
Ecotourism Australia Certification Program
Australia’s leading and most innovative ecotourism products, providing an opportunity to learn about the environment with an operator who is committed to achieving best practicewhen using resources wisely, contributing to the conservation of the environment and helping local communities.