Animals on display: principles for interpreting captive wildlife

Woods, Barbara (1998) Animals on display: principles for interpreting captive wildlife. Journal of Tourism Studies, 9 (1). pp. 28-39.

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The goals of modern zoos include education, research, conservation and preservation. As tourism ventures, they also depend upon visitor enjoyment. To achieve these goals with people at leisure requires careful planning and interpretation. The exotic, fascinating and beautiful animals on display often trigger the curiosity, appreciation and respect that zoo staff are seeking to instill in visitors. However, it is important to assist visitors to interpret what they experience through accessible and interesting information. In addition, it is vital to avoid giving visitors incorrect or misleading information through presenting wildlife in a manner that is alien to their natural state. This paper reviews research to develop a set of principles for interpreting and displaying animals in captive environments such as zoos, sanctuaries and wildlife parks.

Item ID: 39155
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1035-4662
Date Deposited: 02 Aug 2017 04:23
FoR Codes: 06 BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES > 0608 Zoology > 060899 Zoology not elsewhere classified @ 25%
06 BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES > 0699 Other Biological Sciences > 069999 Biological Sciences not elsewhere classified @ 25%
15 COMMERCE, MANAGEMENT, TOURISM AND SERVICES > 1506 Tourism > 150606 Tourist Behaviour and Visitor Experience @ 50%
SEO Codes: 90 COMMERCIAL SERVICES AND TOURISM > 9003 Tourism > 900302 Socio-Cultural Issues in Tourism @ 100%
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