Secret Psychological Revelations of Dolphins in Captivity
| Contributor(s):: Haylee Elizabeth Hilton
As with most things, the early years of Sea Animal training consisted of trials and errors, experimentations and false starts. Again, as with most things, those early efforts were analyzed and the successful efforts were kept and incorporated into the regular training routines....
Modeling a Hawksbill Sea Turtle (Eretmochelys imbricata) Population and Evaluating Possible Conservation Methods, Including the Use of Eco-tourism and Education
| Contributor(s):: Dana Hackel
Understanding Spinner Dolphin Marine Tourism in Hawai'i: A Social Approach to Assessing Underwater Interactions
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| Contributor(s):: Carlie S. Wiener
The popularity of wild spinner dolphin interactions in the Hawaiian Islands has led to the expansion of businesses that incorporate in-water experiences with the dolphins. The growth of dolphin-related commerce has spread so quickly that regulations have not been able to keep up. Subsequently,...
Boat preference and stress behaviour of Hector's dolphin in response to tour boat interactions
| Contributor(s):: Georgia-Rose Travis
Dolphins are increasingly coming into contact with humans, particularly where tourism is involved. It has been assumed that such contact causes chronic stress on dolphin populations. This study examined relatively naive populations of Hector's dolphins and their interaction with various...
Representations of polar bears in tourism: Exploring power relations through discourse analysis
Historical and contemporary relationships between human beings and polar bears are dynamic and complex, and the lives of these two animal species continue to be intimately intertwined in the tourism context. The polar bear viewing industry increasingly relies on the (re)creation, dissemination,...
Wildlife viewing and ecotourism : ethical, scientific, and value-based considerations
| Contributor(s):: Anton D. Pitts
Management of wildlife viewing tourism, possibly as a legacy of management of hunting and trapping activities, tends to see its ultimate goal largely in terms of the sustainable human use of wildlife resources. However, where the potential impacts of human activities are non-lethal, the focus on...
Animal viewing in postmodern America : a case study of the Yellowstone wolf watchers
| Contributor(s):: Jo Anne Young
The purpose of this thesis is to examine the American relationship with wildlife by way of a case study of the Yellowstone wolf watchers. The American relationship with nature and animals changed at a never before seen rate during the modern era because of capitalism and industrialization. Our...
| Contributor(s):: Carlie Sandra Wiener
Unifying ecological and social sciences into a management framework for wildlife-based tourism: a case study of feeding stingrays as a marine tourism attraction in the Cayman Islands
| Contributor(s):: Christina A.D. Semeniuk
As marine wildlife tourism attractions increase in popularity, the integration of natural and social sciences is required to ascertain and then assimilate strategies to effectively address the undesirable ecological and social conditions of the wildlife tourism setting. The overarching objective...
Is Dolphin-Watching Sustainable in Bocas del Toro, Panama
| Contributor(s):: Ashley Sitar
Due to concerns of unsustainable dolphin watching tourism in Bocas del Toro, and the increase in dolphin mortality in Bocas due to dolphin watching boat collisions research was conducted in the summer of 2013, to evaluate the severity of the situation, and to assess the tourists and boat...
Volunteer tourism : saving the African penguin one volunteer at a time. The case of a seabird rehabilitation centre in the Western Cape, South Africa
| Contributor(s):: Carole Olivier
Volunteer tourism, as a form of leisure and/or recreation, is one of the fastest growing forms of tourism globally. It has also become a critical human resource for many organisations in the Western Cape, South Africa who rely on the support of volunteer tourists. A review of the current...
Endangered animals in wildlife tourism : A study of young female traveller attitudes
| Contributor(s):: Jenna Jussila
This thesis is built around the discussion of wildlife welfare and animal ethics in a tourism setting. Although not being properly explored by academics, the topic of ethical wildlife use in tourism has been increasingly raised in social media. Websites such as www.tourismconcern.org.uk and...
The Development of Animal Welfare in Finland and How People Perceive Animal Welfare : Case Study: Animals in Tourism: Zoos
| Contributor(s):: Suvi Laatu
The aim of the thesis was to study how Finnish people perceive animal welfare in general and how they feel about animals in tourism purposes, more specifically in zoos. The thesis also contains information about Finnish animal legislation and how animal welfare has developed over time. The target...
Conservation, Captivity, and Whaling: A Survey of Belize Whalewatching Tourists' Attitudes to Cetacean Conservation Issues
| Contributor(s):: Katheryn W. Patterson
With whalewatching activities and associated expenditures increasing annually, governments in coastal countries possess a large vested interest in the continued growth and protection of whale populations and the associated tourism. In 2007 and 2008, a survey investigating...
Dusky dolphin (Lagenorhynchus obscurus) behavior and human interactions: implications for tourism and aquaculture
| Contributor(s):: Nicholas Matthew Thomson Duprey
Interactions between humans and dusky dolphins in the coastal waters of New Zealand are increasing. My research focused on tourism interactions, with Kaikoura as the study site; and, on habitat use in an active aquaculture area, with Admiralty Bay as the study site. In Kaikoura, companies engaged...
Selling Conservation? The Role of Volunteer Tourism in Supporting Marine Conservation in Southern Belize
| Contributor(s):: Kathleen Georgia Brander
Volunteer tourism is a rapidly expanding sector advertised as an alternative to conventional tourism and as a way for tourists to contribute to conservation science. This thesis examines a volunteer tourism organization in southern Belize called ReefCI and investigates how multiple stakeholders...
Human-wildlife interactions, nature-based tourism, and protected areas management: the case of Mole National Park and the adjacent communities in Ghana
| Contributor(s):: Emmanuel Acquah
Protected areas are increasingly becoming islands of habitat surrounded by seas of cultivation and development. Mole National Park, Ghana’s premier park, has an emerging nature-based tourism that is not large when compared to park tourism in other African countries. The park attracts many...
Conservation education in shark ecotourism
| Contributor(s):: Craig Allan Golby
Sharks, as top predators, are vital a healthy marine ecosystem. Sharks regulate species abundance, distribution, and diversity, which in turn can impact the health of marine habitats. The biggest issue relating to the endangered status of many shark species is the unsustainable international...
Theorizing performances of the human-animal relationship
| Contributor(s):: Scott, Shelly R.
Animal Theme Parks: An Investigation of Best Practices in Selected Theme Parks
| Contributor(s):: Tatyanna Nguyen
Animal theme parks are on the rise in the tourism industry. As a result, it is essential to examine the treatment procedures used for theme park animals. The purpose of this study was to investigate the best practices related to the use of animals in parks at Disney’s Animal Kingdom,...