Wildlife tourism

Authored by: David Newsome , Kate Rodger

The Routledge Handbook of Tourism and the Environment

Print publication date:  July  2012
Online publication date:  August  2012

Print ISBN: 9780415582070
eBook ISBN: 9780203121108
Adobe ISBN: 9781136325564


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Wildlife human interactions play a significant and growing role in the tourism industry. In its broadest terms, wildlife tourism can incorporate both fauna and flora. Yet, in most cases wildlife tourism refers to the watching and interacting with animals and can include both free-ranging and captive wildlife (Newsome et al. 2005; UNEP/CMS 2006). However, for this chapter the focus will be on wildlife tourism where humans watch, and in some circumstances interact, with wildlife in their natural environment. This is similar to the US Fish & Wildlife Service, who include observing, photographing and feeding of wildlife in their definition of wildlife tourism (US Fish and Wildlife Service 2006).

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