Zoos, aquariums, and conservation centers are places of education and leisure. They aim to benefit environmental research and promote ecologically conscious attitudes and behaviors. This study explored the short- and long-term changes in environmental attitudes and behaviors after a safari park visit. This study did not find differences in attitudes and behaviors short- or long-term post-visit. However, this study did find a significant relationship between emotional connection to animals and environmental attitudes. Additionally, no gender or demographic differences were found. Overall, findings support previous literature relating to the role of emotions but offer limited support for the effectiveness of safari parks in terms of behavioral and attitude changes.
Gibson, Lila B. E., "The Short and Long Term Impacts of a Safari Park Visit on Guests Environmental Attitude and Behaviors" (2020). Senior Independent Study Theses. Paper 9149.
Safari Park, Conservation Center, Environmental Behavior, Environmental Attitudes
Bachelor of Arts
Senior Independent Study Thesis
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