Ethics and Responsibility in Wildlife Tourism: Lessons from Compassionate Conservation in the Anthropocene

  • Georgette Leah BurnsEmail author
Part of the Geoheritage, Geoparks and Geotourism book series (GGAG)


Whether captive or non-captive, consumptive or non-consumptive, targeted or non-targeted, guided or non-guided, wildlife tourism activities have traditionally been dominated by an anthropocentric worldview that recognizes wildlife only for its extrinsic value. This chapter argues that the advent of the Anthropocene provides an opportunity for humans to accept responsibility for how they engage with animals in tourism settings and ethically reassess this engagement. Reviewing theories of ethics dealing with animals, tourism, the environment and conservation, the conclusion is drawn that in order to effectively manage wildlife tourism for the equitable benefit of both humans and wildlife, and thus create a viable wildlife tourism ethic, valuable lessons can be extracted from an approach that embodies compassionate conservation.


Ethics Responsibility Wildlife tourism Management Compassionate Conservation Anthropocene 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Environmental Futures Research Institute and Faculty of Environmental ScienceGriffith UniversityNathanAustralia

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