Comparative Public Support for Conserving Reptile Species is High: Australian Evidence and its Implications
AbstractThis paper investigates factors influencing the public’s support for conservation of tropical reptile species in a focal group drawing on Australian data and an experiment involving a sample of the Australian public. The influences of the likeability of the species, their degree of endangerment, ethical considerations as well as knowledge are examined and found to be important. Likeability is found to be much less important than the existing literature suggests. This is highlighted by comparing the likeability of the focal group of reptiles with that for a group of birds and a group of mammals with differences in willingness to pay for their conservation.
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Conservation; endangerment; ethics; knowledge; likeability; reptiles; WTP (willingness to pay); Environmental Economics and Policy;
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