No more wildlife interactions at Protea Hotels by Marriott

Cheetah cub

Traveller 24 reported from Cape Town last week that all wildlife interactions, including walking-with-lions and cheetah petting, at the Protea Hotel, by Marriott Polokwane Ranch Resort have been stopped.

“Protea Hotels by Marriott together with the resort can confirm that that lion walks are no longer being offered to guests and that no guests interact with cheetahs at the conservancy,” said Danny Bryer, Director of Sales, Marketing and Revenue.

Protea Hotels previously stated that the wildlife interactions would be halted, however a neighboring business revealed that wildlife interactions were still being conducted at the hotel. The Protea Hotel now confirms that all involvement with wildlife interactions has been stopped.

“In view of recent reports around interactions with wildlife at one of our hotels, we have undertaken a full review and audit of our hotels,” Bryer said. “We have learned more and have become aware of additional measures we need to take to address this situation. We are currently in the process of ensuring that these are fully implemented and followed at all our hotels.”

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