Grant sponsor: Australian Research Council; Grant number: LP0989139.
Visitors or Visits? An Examination of Zoo Visitor Numbers Using the Case Study of Australia
Article first published online: 4 JUN 2012
© 2012 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
Volume 32, Issue 1, pages 37–44, January-February 2013
How to Cite
Smith*, L. (2013), Visitors or Visits? An Examination of Zoo Visitor Numbers Using the Case Study of Australia. Zoo Biol., 32: 37–44. doi: 10.1002/zoo.21013
- Issue published online: 12 FEB 2013
- Article first published online: 4 JUN 2012
- Manuscript Accepted: 24 JAN 2012
- Manuscript Revised: 21 DEC 2011
- Manuscript Received: 14 SEP 2011
- Australian Research Council. Grant Number: LP0989139
- visitor numbers;
Usually cited in reference to the potential reach of zoo education, one of the popular figures for global zoo visitation is that 600 million people visit zoos annually. However, this number needs clarification on two fronts. First, there are many zoo visitors who are not included in the calculation because they visited a zoo that was not included in the count. Second, it does not take into consideration the people visit either the same or different zoos more than once annually. Using data collected from several sources, including zoo visitors themselves, this article focuses on one country—Australia—that contributes 15.6 million to the visitation total, and contends that the correct number of unique annual zoo visitors to Australian zoos is likely to be between 8 and 10 million. However, rather than suggesting an overemphasis on the potential of zoos for educating visitors, having regular repeat visitors represents a distinct advantage for zoos, allowing for progressive education opportunities. Zoo Biol. 32:37-44, 2013. © 2012 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.