The quest for authentic experiences in wildlife tourism - a review of issues
Seminar paper from the year 2006 in the subject Tourism, grade: 1,7, Stralsund University of Applied Sciences (FB Wirtschaft), course: Scientific Writing, 8 entries in the bibliography, language: English, abstract: Tourism based on interactions with wildlife is increasing in popularity across the world. This trend leads to increasing pressures on the visited ecosystems. In this paper the reader is introduced to the issues surrounding sustainability and authenticity of wildlife-based attractions and tourist’s expectations on a wildlife-based holiday, possible impacts of human – wildlife interactions on the wildlife are explored and solutions to conflicts arising from these interactions are shown. This paper aims to show that providing an authentic experience of wildlife to large numbers of visitors is mutually exclusive to ensuring the sustainability of the wildlife-based attraction visited.
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4.1 Disturbance 4.3 Habitat 5.1 Visitor 5.1.3 Limiting Visitor accidental killing animals exhibiting aggressive Attracting wildlife authentic experiences behaviour of wildlife Burns & Howard dingoes direct impact Disturbance and accidental ecological carrying capacity ecosystems ecotourism feeding Fines and Fees following graphic framework for wildlife habitat destruction Hazing host community human-wildlife interaction hunting Impacts of human interaction with humans interaction with wildlife interactions on wildlife Levels of Authenticity Limiting Visitor Numbers manage the visitors managers of wildlife-based managing wildlife nature and variety negative impacts negative interactions number of visitors Opaschowski Orams Physical Separation predators problem rainforest red deer regarded as authentic resource base review of issues Reynolds & Braithwaite Rural Tourism Safari Separation of wildlife Shackley solutions to conflicts sustainable tourism Tourism Management 23 tourism product tourist attraction Tourist’s expectations undesirable behaviour unscripted variety of wildlife visitors and wildlife whales wildlife and visitors wildlife interactions wildlife-based attraction wildlife-based holiday Wildlife-based tourism WBT