MANAUS, BRAZIL. A wild sloth curls up shortly after being taken from a tree for tourists to hold and take selfies.
Evidence gathered during this project by World Animal Protection suggests that this behaviour indicates that the animal is experiencing severe stress.
This image is part of an investigative project designed to assess the impact of the selfie phenomenon on wildlife. During this assignment it became apparent that many tourists join tours to engage in wildlife ecotourism, unaware that the activities are often unregulated, illegal and cruel.
Animals used in these activities can die prematurely due to mishandling and severe, constant stress. Tour guides who are either lying or being lied to themselves pre-empt possible concerns by assuring tourists that these activities are harmless to the animals, and that supporting such activities help the local communities.