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Recreation Demand and Indian Zoos’ Holdings of Protected Birds, Mammals, and Reptiles


  • David Martin

    (Department of Economics, Davidson College)


The role of Indian zoos in protected endangered species has not been studied sufficiently given the country’s wealth of biodiversity. I examine the extent to which recreation demand influences the percentages of Indian zoo collections of birds, mammals, and reptiles are protected species. I conclude that those percentages decrease as the size of their collections increase, with the already low collections of protected birds being the most affected. However, despite concerns that recreation demand might favor charismatic species over endangered ones, it does appear that recreation demand does not generally reduce the percentages of endangered species that Indian zoos hold. To the contrary, it seems that recreation demand may increase the percentage of protected mammals that Indian zoos hold.

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  • David Martin, 2020. "Recreation Demand and Indian Zoos’ Holdings of Protected Birds, Mammals, and Reptiles," Working Papers 20-05, Davidson College, Department of Economics.
  • Handle: RePEc:dav:wpaper:20-05

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