Controlling the ecotourist in a wild dolphin feeding program: is education the answer?

M Orams, Greg Hill

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    Abstract

    The effectiveness of an education program for tourists who hand-feed wild dolphins at Tangalooma, Moreton Island in eastern Australia was evaluated. Data were gathered on tourist behavior during feeding sessions before and after the education policy was implemented. After implementation of the education program, inappropriate behaviors such as touching of dolphins were significantly reduced. The study supports the claim that education is an important strategy when compliance with management regulations is necessary to protect wildlife in ecotourism settings.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)33-38
    Number of pages6
    JournalThe Journal of Environmental Education
    Volume29
    Issue number3
    Publication statusPublished - 1998

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