Teaching Tolerance? Effects of Conservation Education Programs on Wildlife Acceptance Capacity for the American Alligator

Publication and Source

Skupien, G.M., Andrews, K.M. & Larson, L.R. (2016). Teaching Tolerance? Effects of Conservation Education Programs on Wildlife Acceptance Capacity for the American Alligator. Human Dimensions of Wildlife, 21(3), 264-279.

Short Description

Alligator populations are growing in human-dominated areas, making coexistence between the two a challenge for wildlife managers. In cases where physical removal of animals is not viable, conservation education programs provide a more realistic strategy to address this issue. This paper presents an examination of two education approaches: a classroom-based program and a field excursion. Beliefs and attitudes, perceived risk, and potential for coexistence were evaluated and results showed that people who participated in both approaches had more positive views than people who did not participate in either.