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Public attitudes in India and Australia toward elephants in zoos

By V. Gurusamy, A. Tribe, S. Toukhsati, C. J. C. Phillips

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We surveyed the attitudes of people toward captive elephants in australia, where importation into zoos has been controversial recently, compared with India, where elephants are indigenous. Both australian (AR, n=101) and Indian (IR, n=101) respondents rated conservation as the most important reason for the role of zoos and sanctuaries. Australian respondents were more concerned about the husbandry conditions for keeping wild animals in zoos and sanctuaries than Indian respondents ( p=0.02). This concern for captive animals increased with the higher educational level of the respondents. Female australian respondents were more concerned about the practice of keeping elephants in captivity than australian men. More australian respondents were prepared to pay extra to visit a zoo with elephants (AR 42.6%, IR 7.9%, p

Publication Title Anthrozoos
Volume 28
Issue 1
Pages 87-100
ISBN/ISSN 0892-7936
Publisher Bloomsbury Journals (formerly Berg Journals)
DOI 10.2752/089279315x14129350722055
Language English
Author Address Centre for Animal Welfare and Ethics, School of Veterinary Science, Gatton Campus, University of Queensland, Queensland 4343,
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  1. Animal husbandry
  2. Animal nutrition
  3. Animals
  4. Anthropology
  5. Anthrozoology
  6. APEC countries
  7. Asia
  8. Attitudes
  9. Australasia
  10. Australia
  11. Biological resources
  12. Commonwealth
  13. Conservation
  14. Developed countries
  15. Developing countries
  16. Feeding
  17. Humans
  18. Importation
  19. India
  20. Mammals
  21. Men
  22. Nations
  23. Oceania
  24. OECD countries
  25. peer-reviewed
  26. Primates
  27. Social psychology and social anthropology
  28. vertebrates
  29. Wild animals
  30. Zoo and captive wild animals
  31. Zoological gardens
  1. peer-reviewed