I studied the responses (retreats, threats, attacks or leaving the rookery) of South American fur seals Arctocephalus australis to tourist approaches at a non-reproductive, continental colony of located in Cabo Polonio, Uruguay (34 degrees 24'S, 53 degrees 46'W). Fur seals tolerated relatively close distances to humans, but a strong response of the animals was elicited when tourists crossed a threshold of 10 m. The attitude of the tourist was also important. Calm people were able to approach the colony without almost any disturbance. These results suggested that, with a minimal control of visitor's behaviour, the impact of tourism on this colony would be low.
|Publication Title||Applied Animal Behaviour Science|
|Author Address||Departamento de Ciencias Basicas, Universidad Nacional de Lujan, and Organizacion PROFAUNA, Rutas 5 y 7, 6700 Lujan, Provincia de Buenos Aires, Argentina.|
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