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Chinese visitors' experiences of nature and wild macaques: inspiration and personal growth for living in Hong Kong

By WingNaam Lee, G. Davey

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Abstract

Country parks offer urban residents the opportunity to experience wildlife, engage in environmental education, and socially bond with family and friends, but little is known about these experiences in China. Twenty-five interviews were conducted in 2012 to investigate the meanings Hong Kong residents visiting Kam Shan Country Park ascribed to social contact with wild rhesus macaques ( Macaca mulatta). Findings revealed positive attitudes toward the macaques. A key message was a positive human relationship with the macaques that were valued by the visitors for enjoyment and emotional satisfaction. Participants reported human-macaque interaction nurtured personal growth, family and social ties, and children's education. Suggestions are offered to park managers and the government for managing human-macaque interaction in the park, such as animal management and education outreach programs.

Publication Title Human Dimensions of Wildlife
Volume 20
Issue 3
Pages 206-219
ISBN/ISSN 1087-1209
Language English
Author Address Faculty of Social Sciences, Hong Kong Shue Yan University, North Point, Hong Kong.gareth.davey@monash.edu
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  1. Animals
  2. APEC countries
  3. Asia
  4. Children
  5. China
  6. Developing countries
  7. Gardens
  8. Hong Kong
  9. Humans
  10. Macaques
  11. Mammals
  12. Men
  13. Monkeys
  14. peer-reviewed
  15. Primates
  16. vertebrates
  17. wildlife
  18. Zoo and captive wild animals
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