Conservation learning in wildlife tourism settings: lessons from research in zoos and aquariums

Ballantyne, R., Packer, J., Hughes, K and Dierking, L. (2007) Conservation learning in wildlife tourism settings: lessons from research in zoos and aquariums. Environmental Education Research, 13 3: 367-383. doi:10.1080/13504620701430604

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Author Ballantyne, R.
Packer, J.
Hughes, K
Dierking, L.
Title Conservation learning in wildlife tourism settings: lessons from research in zoos and aquariums
Journal name Environmental Education Research   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1350-4622
Publication date 2007-07
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/13504620701430604
Volume 13
Issue 3
Start page 367
End page 383
Total pages 17
Editor A.Reid
Place of publication Essex, UK
Publisher Routledge Journals, Taylor & Francis
Collection year 2008
Language eng
Subject C1
350504 Tourist Behaviour
150699 Tourism not elsewhere classified
150606 Tourist Behaviour and Visitor Experience
Abstract Zoos and aquariums have shifted their focus over recent years, taking a much more active role in wildlife conservation and in promoting conservation learning among their visitors. Research in these settings provides a valuable foundation for the emerging field of non-captive wildlife tourism. In particular, valuable lessons regarding the potential impact of wildlife encounters on visitors’ conservation attitudes and behaviour can be drawn from research in zoos and aquariums. This paper explores those aspects of wildlife encounters that appear to contribute most to conservation learning. These include observing animals in their ‘natural’ environment; opportunities for close encounters with wildlife; opportunities to observe animal behaviour; engaging visitors emotionally; connecting with visitors’ prior knowledge and experiences; using persuasive communication; linking conservation goals and everyday actions; and providing incentives and activities to support visitors’ behaviour change. The extent to which wildlife tourists may be receptive to conservation messages is also considered, in light of research in zoos and aquariums. The implications of these findings for conservation learning in the context of non-captive wildlife tourism are discussed and suggestions for future research in this area are made. Several methodological challenges facing the field are also discussed.
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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