Working with Animals and Children: The Challenges of Visitor Research in Wildlife Tourism

September 1st, 2006 | RESEARCH

In this paper, researchers at the University of Queensland discuss findings from investigations on conservation learning at two Queensland ecotourism sites—a three hour whale watching cruise operating from the Gold Coast and turtle viewing at Mon Repos Turtle Rookery, Bargara. The researchers present a set of five challenges they faced in this research, as a warning to all who might dare to attempt similar studies. Their experience has demonstrated that the famous adage of show business, “Never work with children or animals” can indeed apply in wildlife tourism research.



Team Members

Karen Hughes, Author, University of Queensland
Roy Ballantyne, Author, University of Queensland
Jan Packer, Author, University of Queensland


Identifier Type: issn
Identifier: 1064-5578

Publication: Visitor Studies Today!
Volume: 9
Number: 3
Page(s): 27


Audience: Adults | Evaluators | General Public | Museum | ISE Professionals
Discipline: Ecology | forestry | agriculture | Education and learning science | Life science
Resource Type: Peer-reviewed article | Research Products
Environment Type: Aquarium and Zoo Exhibits | Exhibitions | Parks | Outdoor | Garden Exhibits

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This material is supported by National Science Foundation award DRL-2229061, with previous support under DRL-1612739, DRL-1842633, DRL-1212803, and DRL-0638981. Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations contained within are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of NSF.

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