people engaging with a dolphin for tourism

Special Report: The Amazon Is the New Frontier for Deadly Wildlife Tourism

An exclusive National Geographic investigation reveals widespread animal suffering in Amazonian port towns, fueled by ‘selfie safaris.’

In the Amazon, day trips that include wildlife interactions are increasingly popular, though they pose welfare and conservation concerns, advocates say. Here, tourists crowd in on a pink river dolphin outside Manaus, Brazil. The dolphin’s scratches are a result of battling with other dolphins for baitfish.

Photograph by Kirsten Luce

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