Centre for African Conservation Ecology
High numbers of extralimital species (i.e. those that historically did not occur in the area) have been introduced into many private protected areas in the Eastern Cape to increase the number of different animals available for viewing, under the assumption that this is what tourists want. Even though the ecological and economic costs of having these extralimital species are high, the social benefits are not understood.
Dr. Kristine Maciejewski assessed how important these species are for ecotourism by evaluating their appeal to tourists. Her research showed that tourists did not prefer these extralimital species over indigenous species.
In: Maciejewski, K. and G. I. H. Kerley. 2014.
Understanding Tourists’ Preferences for Mammal Species in Private Protected Areas: Is There a Case for Extralimital Species for Ecotourism.
PLoS ONE 9(2): e88192
Even though the ecological and economic costs of extralimital species are known, managers are reluctant to remove extralimital species as they assume that without these species tourist numbers will drop. These expectations are anecdotal and not based on empirical evidence.
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