Chapter 29: Ecotourism experiences promoting conservation and changing economic values: the case of Mon Repos turtles
Ecotourism is credited with promoting the conservation of wildlife species in several ways. One is that it fosters pro-conservation behaviour among eco tourists and increases their economic valuation of those wildlife species that are the focus of ecotourism, particularly as a result of the educational content of such tourism. The purpose of this chapter is to explore this point of view in light of data collected from a survey of visitors to Mon Repos Conservation Park who came there to participate in the viewing of turtles nesting on Mon Repos Beach or their hatchlings emerging from those nests and making their way to the sea. The facility at the site is operated by the Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service. During the turtle-watching season, visitors pay to enter the facility at this site, are provided with information about sea turtles and threats to their survival by a variety of means (for example, posters, pamphlets, film) and are taken in groups by guides to watch nesting turtles or turtles hatching.
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