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Nature experience promotes preference for and willingness to coexist with wild animals among urban and suburban residents in Malaysia

By Huda Farhana Mohamad Muslim, Hosaka Tetsuro, Numata Shinya, Noor Azlin Yahya

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Abstract

Introduction
A decline in direct experience with nature can lead to disaffection of natural environments, wildlife, and public indifference towards biodiversity conservation. This study measured on affective attitude towards wildlife (i.e., preferences for and willingness to coexist with 22 animal species) and examined the relationships between these attitudes and childhood experiences with nature.

Methods
A face to face interview was carried out in rapidly urbanizing Malaysia for both urban and suburban 357 adults (age > 20 years old).

Results
It found that Malaysian people liked several insects and squirrels, but disliked mammals generally. Mediation analysis, with controlling sociodemographic factors (gender, age and ethnicity), showed that childhood nature experience was positively associated with preference for wild animals (standardized path coefficient = 0.18; p < 0.001), and the preference had a strong correlation with willingness to coexistence (standardized path coefficient = 0.61; p < 0.001) with the animals. Childhood nature experience, however, had limited effects on willingness to coexist with the animals via the preference, particularly for unfavourable animals. These results suggest that preference and willingness scores, even though they were significantly correlated, were different sides of affective attitudes toward animals.

Conclusions
Therefore, to promote biodiversity conservation programs, we need strategies to increase acceptance of wild animals via relevant environmental education and public communication, as well as opportunities for nature activities for children.

Submitter

Marcy Wilhelm-South

Purdue University

Date 2018
Publication Title Ecological Processes
Volume 7
Issue 18
Pages 12
Publisher Springer
DOI https://doi.org/10.1186/s13717-018-0127-7
URL https://ecologicalprocesses.springeropen.com/articles/10.1186/s13717-018-0127-7
Language English
Additional Language English
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  1. Animal roles
  2. Coexistence
  3. Human-animal interactions
  4. Malaysia
  5. Nature
  6. open access
  7. peer-reviewed
  8. Wild animals
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  2. peer-reviewed