Dolphins in the City

Authored by: Greg Simpson , Jessica Patroni , David Kerr , Jennifer Verduin , David Newsome

Routledge Handbook of Tourism Cities

Print publication date:  August  2020
Online publication date:  August  2020

Print ISBN: 9780367199999
eBook ISBN: 9780429244605
Adobe ISBN:

10.4324/9780429244605-37

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Abstract

Newsome (2017) makes the point that wildlife tourism at any location comprises an intertwining of ecological, social and economic circumstances with, at times, political ramifications in regard to promotion, funding of tourism development and conservation surrounding the species in question. The Dolphin Discovery Centre at Bunbury is no exception to the before-mentioned circumstances and, because of the iconic nature of the species, has also been the focus of on-going research in regard to the human dimensions of wild dolphin tourism (for example, Cong et al., 2016, 2017a, 2017b; Patroni, 2018; Patroni et al., 2018, 2019). Furthermore, what can be regarded as an important wildlife tourism experience might be regarded as somewhat unusual when located in a city environment. This chapter, therefore, goes on to provide an account of a premier wildlife tourism attraction, taking place at the Dolphin Discovery Centre, located within the regional city of Bunbury, Western Australia.

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