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Are feral pigs (Sus scrofa) a pest to rainforest tourism?

Koichi, Kana, Cottrell, Alison, Sangha, Kamaljit K. and Gordon, Iain J. (2012). Are feral pigs (Sus scrofa) a pest to rainforest tourism?<br />. Journal of Ecotourism,11(2):132-148.

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Title Are feral pigs (Sus scrofa) a pest to rainforest tourism?
Author Koichi, Kana
Cottrell, Alison
Sangha, Kamaljit K.
Gordon, Iain J.
Journal Name Journal of Ecotourism
Publication Date 2012
Volume Number 11
Issue Number 2
ISSN 1472-4049   (check CDU catalogue open catalogue search in new window)
eISSN 1747-7638
Start Page 132
End Page 148
Total Pages 16
Place of Publication United States of America
Publisher Routledge
Field of Research 300000 Agricultural, Veterinary and Environmental Sciences
Abstract Invasive alien species potentially pose a threat to the sustainability of ecotourism by degrading the quality of the environment on which the industry depends. However, little research has investigated such implications. In this paper, we offer a case study on the impacts of feral pigs (Sus scrofa), a major environmental pest in Australia, on rainforest-based ecotourism in the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area (WTWHA) of North Queensland, Australia. Our study found that feral pigs seem to have negligible implications for tourists' rainforest experience owing to their lack of prior knowledge about the existence of these animals within the WTWHA and rare sighting and acknowledgement of the damage caused by them. Nonetheless, values that tourists ascribed to the WTWHA rainforest were negatively affected once they acknowledged the existence of feral pigs. We propose that effective provision of environmental education as part of ecotourism experience can result in the management of both sustainable ecotourism and the invasive species.
Keywords Invasive alien species
Wet Tropics World Heritage Area
Pest Management
Environmental education
Millennium Ecosystem Assessment
Total economic value
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