Contributions of Non-consumptive Wildlife Tourism to Conservation

Higginbottom, K., Tribe, A. and Booth, R. J. (2003). Contributions of Non-consumptive Wildlife Tourism to Conservation. In: R. Buckley, C. Pickering and D. B. Weaver, Nature-based Tourism, Environment and Land Management: Ecotourism Series. 2001 Fenner Conference on Nature Tourism and the Environment, Canberra, Australia, (181-195). 3 - 6 September 2001. doi:10.1079/9780851997322.0181

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Author Higginbottom, K.
Tribe, A.
Booth, R. J.
Title of paper Contributions of Non-consumptive Wildlife Tourism to Conservation
Conference name 2001 Fenner Conference on Nature Tourism and the Environment
Conference location Canberra, Australia
Conference dates 3 - 6 September 2001
Proceedings title Nature-based Tourism, Environment and Land Management: Ecotourism Series
Journal name Nature-Based Tourism, Environment and Land Management
Place of Publication UK
Publisher CABI Publishing
Publication Year 2003
Sub-type Fully published paper
DOI 10.1079/9780851997322.0181
Open Access Status File (Author Post-print)
ISBN 0851997325
Editor R. Buckley
C. Pickering
D. B. Weaver
Volume 1
Issue 1
Start page 181
End page 195
Total pages 19
Language eng
Abstract/Summary Wildlife tourism has the potential to contribute to conservation through a variety of mechanisms. This chapter presents a preliminary assessment of the extent to which this potential is currently being realised, comparing tourism based on viewing of animals in captive settings (with a focus on federated zoos) with that in free-ranging situations (wildlife watching). The key mechanisms involved are: direct wildlife management and research; use of income derived from wildlife tourism to fund conservation; education of visitors to behave in a more conservation-friendly manner; political lobbying in support of conservation; and provision of a socio-economic incentive for conservation. All of these occur in at least some zoos and wildlife-watching situations, and collectively the contribution of non-consumptive wildlife tourism to conservation is significant, though impossible to quantify. The key strengths of the zoo sector in this regard are its inputs into captive breeding and its potential to educate large numbers of people. in contrast, wildlife watching provides significant socio-economic incentives for conservation of natural habitats. There seem to be significant opportunities for expanding the role of non-consumptive wildlife tourism in conservation.
Subjects 350503 Impacts of Tourism
780199 Other
300805 Conservation
270708 Conservation and Biodiversity
350507 Tourism Management
Keyword Ecotourism
Q-Index Code B1

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