Wildlife Tourism Futures: Encounters with Wild, Captive and Artificial Animals

Edited by: Giovanna Bertella

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This book presents a series of possible future scenarios in wildlife and animal tourism by combining critical thinking and imagination to stimulate reflection and ways forward. The future of wildlife tourism faces uncertainties that revolve around many factors, including climate change, mass wildlife extinction, human population growth, deforestation, sustainability and ethical assumptions. For wildlife tourism to meet these challenges, new ways of thinking are necessary. The chapters in this volume focus on future wildlife tourism development and management; the experiential value, educational components and ethical relevance of tourism–animal encounters; and the technology applied to wildlife tourism. They offer critically-imagined futures in order to encourage readers to reflect on the possibility of shaping a better future. The book will appeal to researchers, students and practitioners in wildlife tourism, environmental studies, sustainability and conservation.

I feel hopeful for animals, and can envisage a positive future for wildlife after reading this book. The chapters are immensely interesting, with realistic scenarios depicting a range of possibilities for wildlife tourism. The material and contexts are diverse, evidencing detailed research and expertise. Congratulations to the editor and authors.

Caroline Winter, William Angliss Institute, Australia

Within the context of our current perilous planetary situation, this thought-provoking, future-thinking book questions current wildlife values and practices, while envisioning a more ethical and sustainable future for wildlife tourism activities. Most importantly, it adds to the growing chorus of those promoting radical changes in human behaviour, generally, and tourism behaviour, specifically.

Valerie A. Sheppard, Justice Institute of British Columbia, Canada

This important book invites you on an imaginative journey towards a world of future possibilities for wildlife tourism. Using an innovative scenario development approach, the book jolts the reader into new ways of thinking about the involvement of animals in tourism and poses tough questions that demand to be addressed.

Kevin Markwell, Southern Cross University, Australia

This book invites the reader to reflect on our desired relationship with animals in the tourism sector. Above all, a convincing case is made that urgent action is needed to achieve a thriving planet for all living beings.

Tourism Geographies, 2021

Giovanna Bertella is Associate Professor at UiT The Arctic University of Norway, Tromsø, Norway. Her research interests include innovation and entrepreneurship, experiential marketing, learning theories, ethics, tourism and food.


Chapter 1. Giovanna Bertella: Introduction: Welcome to the Futures of Wildlife Tourism

Part 1: Paths Towards the Futures of Wildlife Tourism

Chapter 2. Qingming Cui: Wildlife Tourism in (Un)sustainable Futures

Chapter 3. Rie Usui and Carolin Funck: Rabbits in the Wild: Close Encounters on an Equal Footing?  

Chapter 4. Georgette Leah Burns and Judith Benz-Schwarzburg: Representing Wild Animals to Humans: The Ethical Future of Wildlife Tourism

Part 2: Human-Animal Encounters

Chapter 5. Jessica Bell Rizzolo: The Rise of Selfie Safaris and the Future(s) of Wildlife Tourism

Chapter 6. Ronda J. Green: The Future of Captive Wildlife: Useful and Enjoyable for Animals and Visitors?

Chapter 7. Gianna Moscardo: Promises and Pitfalls in the Future of Sustainable Wildlife Interpretation

Chapter 8. Giovanna Bertella: Interspecies Communication and Encounters with Orcas

Part 3: Technology Advancements

Chapter 9. Hindertje Hoarau-Heemstra and Anne-Mette Hjalager: Safeguarding Sustainable Futures for Marine Wildlife Tourism through Collaboration and Innovation: The Utopia of Whale-Watching

Chapter 10. Mikko Äijälä, Titta Jylkäs, Vésaal Rajab and Tytti Vuorikari: Designing Future Wildlife Tourism Experience: On Agency in Human-Sled Dog Encounters

Chapter 11. Daniel William Mackenzie Wright: The Future of Captive Animals and Tourism: The Zoo and Aquatic Cloning Centre 2070

Chapter 12. David Lusseau: Will Cryptogovernance save the Wildlife Tourism Commons?

Chapter 13. Giovanna Bertella: Final Reflections: Travel Notes, Postcards, Treasures and Dragons

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