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Residents' and Tourists' Knowledge of Sea Lions in the Galapagos

By R. Lorden, R. Sambrook, R. W. Mitchell

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This study examined knowledge of sea lions (Zalophus wollebaeki) for both residents and tourists on San Cristobal Island in the Galapagos, a famous nature tourism destination. Participants (N = 281) obtained through convenience and snowball sampling answered questionnaires about their knowledge of sea lions. Participants with higher education received higher overall scores, but participants' education and age influenced answers on only a few questions. Residents and tourists obtained comparable overall scores, exhibiting extensive knowledge of sea lion behavior and life history. Whether participants were residents or tourists influenced answers to several questions, but when only participants with 13 years of education or more were examined, few differences in answers remained between residents or tourists. Participants' broad knowledge of sea lions may be attributed to the items of knowledge tested, participants motivations for travel to the Galapagos, and the fact that sea lions are an engaging and ubiquitous animal.

Publication Title Society & Animals
Volume 20
Issue 4
Pages 342-363
ISBN/ISSN 1063-1119
DOI 10.1163/15685306-12341278
Language English
Author Address [Lorden, Rosanne; Mitchell, Robert W.] Eastern Kentucky Univ, Richmond, KY 40475 USA. [Sambrook, Richard] Eastern Michigan Univ, Ypsilanti, MI 48197 USA.Lorden, R (reprint author), Eastern Kentucky Univ, Richmond, KY 40475 USA.rosanne.lorden@eku.edu
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  1. Attitudes
  2. Behavior and behavior mechanisms
  3. Biodiversity
  4. California
  5. Conservation
  6. Cues
  7. Galapagos
  8. Islands
  9. Knowledge
  10. Lead
  11. Mother-child interaction
  12. peer-reviewed
  13. residents
  14. sea lions
  15. Tourism and travel
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