Centre for African Conservation Ecology
Elephants are often kept at high numbers in protected areas so that they will be easy for tourists to find and view. Despite these high numbers being detrimental to the environment, managers are reluctant to reduce elephant numbers as it ‘may detract from the tourist experience.
By using a number of game reserves in the Eastern Cape Dr. Kristine Maciejewski investigated how many elephants are required to keep tourists happy, while ensuring that the game reserves are still conserving elephants.
In: Maciejewski, K. and G. I. H. Kerley. 2014.
Elevated elephant density does not improve ecotourism opportunities: convergence in social and ecological objectives.
Ecological Applications 24(5): 920-926.
To protect biodiversity, many protected areas must find ways of self-financing. Ecotourism is a viable option to achieve financial sustainability. However there is concern that when ecotourism operations are driven to achieve successful game-viewing, the management of charismatic species, such as elephants, might be influenced.
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