Effective primate conservation education: gaps and opportunities
Article first published online: 29 DEC 2009
© 2009 Wiley-Liss, Inc.
American Journal of Primatology
Special Issue: Special Issue on Conservation Education
Volume 72, Issue 5, pages 414–419, May 2010
How to Cite
Jacobson, S. K. (2010), Effective primate conservation education: gaps and opportunities. Am. J. Primatol., 72: 414–419. doi: 10.1002/ajp.20792
- Issue published online: 25 MAR 2010
- Article first published online: 29 DEC 2009
- Manuscript Revised: 1 DEC 2009
- Manuscript Accepted: 1 DEC 2009
- Manuscript Received: 3 NOV 2009
Conservation education goals generally include influencing people's conservation awareness, attitudes, and behaviors. Effective programs can help foster sustainable behavior, improve public support for conservation, reduce vandalism and poaching in protected areas, improve compliance with conservation regulations, increase recreation carrying capacities, and influence policies and decisions that affect the environment. Primate conservation problems cut across many disciplines, and primate conservation education must likewise address crossdisciplinary issues. Conservation educators must incorporate both theoretical and practical knowledge and skills to develop effective programs, and the skill set must stretch beyond pedagogy. Expertize needed comes from the areas of planning, collaboration, psychology, entertainment, and evaluation. Integration of these elements can lead to greater program success. Am. J. Primatol. 72:414–419, 2010. © 2009 Wiley-Liss, Inc.