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Visitor discontent at five Ex-Situ Elephant conservation establishments in Asia

Prakash, S.L., Perera, P., Perera, C. and Fernando, P. (2017) Visitor discontent at five Ex-Situ Elephant conservation establishments in Asia. Gajah: Journal of the IUCN/SSC Asian Elephant Specialist Group, 47 . pp. 24-29.

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Abstract

Tourism is a significant aspect of most ex-situ conservation establishments for Asian Elephants. We assessed reasons for visitor discontent in five highly visited establishments in Asia, by analysing on-line visitor comments. The proportion of negative reviews varied significantly between institutions. Ten reasons for visitor discontent were identified. Unethical treatment of elephants was the commonest and lack of conservation relevance the second commonest reason stated for discontent. Other reasons for visitor discontent were related to misbehaviour of mahouts, management deficiencies and inadequacy of facilities.

Item Type: Journal Article
Publisher: IUCN/SSC Asian Elephant Specialist Group (AsESG)
Copyright: © 2017 The Authors.
Publisher's Website: https://www.asesg.org/gajah.php
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/63035
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