Conservation benefits of interpretation on marine wildlife tours

Zeppel, Heather and Muloin, Sue (2008) Conservation benefits of interpretation on marine wildlife tours. Human Dimensions of Wildlife, 13 (4). pp. 280-294. ISSN 1087-1209


Marine wildlife tours provide a range of education and conservation benefits for visitors. These benefits derive from interpretation programs and close personal encounters with marine wildlife. Interpretive information covers the biology, ecology and behaviors of marine species, best practice guidelines, and human threats to marine life. There has been limited assessment of interpretation on marine wildlife tours to identify whether these increase tourist knowledge and promote changes in environmental attitudes. This article reviews the educational benefits of guided marine wildlife experiences with dolphins, whales, and marine turtles using Oram's (1999) framework of outcome indicators to manage marine tourism. The key indicators assessed in this article are education/learning and attitude/belief changes in visitors that benefit marine wildlife. This analysis found tourist learning during mediated encounters with marine wildlife contributes to pro-environmental attitudes and on-site behavior changes, with some longer-term intentions to support and engage in marine conservation actions. Areas of research are suggested to examine the causal links between wildlife interpretation and pro-environmental outcomes.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Permanent restricted access to published version doe to publisher copyright policy.
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Business - No Department
Date Deposited: 22 May 2011 07:08
Last Modified: 16 Oct 2014 02:11
Uncontrolled Keywords: marine wildlife tours; interpretation; education benefits; environmental attitudes; conservation actions
Fields of Research : 15 Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services > 1506 Tourism > 150601 Impacts of Tourism
05 Environmental Sciences > 0502 Environmental Science and Management > 050203 Environmental Education and Extension
05 Environmental Sciences > 0502 Environmental Science and Management > 050202 Conservation and Biodiversity
Socio-Economic Objective: D Environment > 96 Environment > 9607 Environmental Policy, Legislation and Standards > 960703 Environmental Education and Awareness
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1080/10871200802187105

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