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Studying visitor perceptions of zoo environments: a naturalistic view

Studying visitor perceptions of zoo environments: a naturalistic view Department, and the zookeepers, gardeners and curators who made each individual exhibit a reality. Manuscript submitted 2 1July 1980 Studying visitor perceptions of zoo environments: a naturalistic view ROBERT L. WOLF1 & BARBARA L. T Y M I T Z 2 ‘Indiana University and Smithsonian Institution, and 2Indiana University, Indiana Center for Evaluation, 2805 East Tenth Street, Bloomington, Indiana 47405, USA There are some people who believe that zoos are just places to go for recreation-a nice environment for a family outing or picnic. While zoos certainly can provide such opportunities, they have much more potential than that. Through exhibitions and education programmes zoos can help visitors understand more about animals and more about themselves - as part of the total environment which man and other animals share. The study summarised below represents an on-going commitment by the Office of Museum Evaluation Studies at the Smithsonian Institution to help various Smithsonian bureaux understand what impact their programmes and exhibits have on the public, it is a first attempt to explore visitor perceptions at the National Zoological Park. Very few previous research and evaluation studies of zoo environments have explored the question of visitor impact. Those that have been http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png International Zoo Yearbook Wiley

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Wiley
Copyright
Copyright © 1981 Wiley Subscription Services, Inc., A Wiley Company
ISSN
0074-9664
eISSN
1748-1090
DOI
10.1111/j.1748-1090.1981.tb01943.x
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Department, and the zookeepers, gardeners and curators who made each individual exhibit a reality. Manuscript submitted 2 1July 1980 Studying visitor perceptions of zoo environments: a naturalistic view ROBERT L. WOLF1 & BARBARA L. T Y M I T Z 2 ‘Indiana University and Smithsonian Institution, and 2Indiana University, Indiana Center for Evaluation, 2805 East Tenth Street, Bloomington, Indiana 47405, USA There are some people who believe that zoos are just places to go for recreation-a nice environment for a family outing or picnic. While zoos certainly can provide such opportunities, they have much more potential than that. Through exhibitions and education programmes zoos can help visitors understand more about animals and more about themselves - as part of the total environment which man and other animals share. The study summarised below represents an on-going commitment by the Office of Museum Evaluation Studies at the Smithsonian Institution to help various Smithsonian bureaux understand what impact their programmes and exhibits have on the public, it is a first attempt to explore visitor perceptions at the National Zoological Park. Very few previous research and evaluation studies of zoo environments have explored the question of visitor impact. Those that have been

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International Zoo YearbookWiley

Published: Jan 1, 1981

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