Zoo visitors’ affective responses to observing animal behaviors

Luebke, Jerry F., Watters, Jason V., Packer, Jan, Miller, Lance J. and Powell, David M. (2016) Zoo visitors’ affective responses to observing animal behaviors. Visitor Studies, 19 1: 60-76. doi:10.1080/10645578.2016.1144028

Author Luebke, Jerry F.
Watters, Jason V.
Packer, Jan
Miller, Lance J.
Powell, David M.
Title Zoo visitors’ affective responses to observing animal behaviors
Journal name Visitor Studies   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1934-7715
Publication date 2016-04-11
Year available 2016
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/10645578.2016.1144028
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 19
Issue 1
Start page 60
End page 76
Total pages 17
Place of publication Philadelphia, United States
Publisher Routledge
Formatted abstract
The opportunity to observe or interact with animals in a zoo is often vital in influencing visitors' positive feelings towards animals and ultimately their conservation behavior. This study explores the relationship between observed animal behavior and zoo visitors' responses. A self-administered questionnaire was completed by 717 visitors across four exhibits (giraffe, lion, cheetah, and red panda) at three zoos (Brookfield Zoo, San Diego Zoo Safari Park, and Central Park Zoo). The questionnaire measured observed animal behaviors and visitors' predispositions, affective responses, and meaning-making at animal exhibits. Multivariate path analyses indicated that up-close encounters with zoo animals, along with observable active animal behaviors, predicted visitors' reported positive affective responses which, in turn, predicted their meaning-making. These findings lend support to the role of positive affect as a mediator between observable animal behaviors and visitor meaning-making. Implications are discussed in relation to achieving both conservation education and animal welfare outcomes.
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Institutional Status UQ

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