Journal article

Visitor Attitudes Toward Little Penguins (Eudyptula minor) at Two Australian Zoos

Samantha J Chiew, Paul H Hemsworth, Vicky Melfi, Sally L Sherwen, Alicia Burns, Grahame J Coleman

FRONTIERS IN PSYCHOLOGY | FRONTIERS MEDIA SA | Published : 2021

Abstract

This study identified and compared the attitudes of visitors toward zoo-housed little penguins, their enclosure and visitor experience that may influence the way visitors behave toward little penguins at two Australian zoos. Visitor attitudes were assessed using an anonymous questionnaire, targeting visitor beliefs, and experiences, where visitors were randomly approached at the penguin exhibit after they had finished viewing the penguins. Visitors were given two options to complete the questionnaire, on an iPad during their zoo visit or online (URL sent via email) after their zoo visit. A total of 638 participants (495 at Melbourne Zoo and 143 at Taronga Zoo) completed the questionnaire, 42..

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Grants

Awarded by Australian Research Council Linkage grant


Funding Acknowledgements

This study was funded by an Australian Research Council Linkage grant (LP140100373) and was supported by an Australian Government Research Training ProgramScholarship.