The Social Side of Human-Wildlife Interaction

Publication and Source

The full article "The Social Side of Human-Wildlife Interaction: Wildlife Can Learn Harmful Behaviours From Each Other" by R. Donaldson et al. can be found in the journal Animal Conservation and accessed through Wiley Online Library. Volume 15, Issue 5, pages 427-435, October 2012. 

Short Description

Human-wildlife interactions over anthropogenic food sources have been found both harmful to humans and wildlife, and an increasingly significant concern for managing wildlife conservation. This article examines how social learning indicators identified in a population of bottlenose dolphins in South-western Australia may predict how likely an animal is to acquire a new behavior. The study is especially interested in behaviors toward or interacting with humans. The article highlights findings on dolphins accepting food from humans and identifies two of the strongest indicators for adapting this behavior, and discusses the implications of these findings for other maladaptive behavior in similar human-wildlife circumstances. 

Format and Retrieval

The article is available in HTML and PDF online, and can also be found in print.

Suggested Citation

Donaldson, R., Finn, H., Bejder, L., Lusseau, D., Calver, M. (2012), The social side of human–wildlife interaction: wildlife can learn harmful behaviours from each other. Animal Conservation, 15: 427–435. doi: 10.1111/j.1469-1795.2012.00548.x