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Lea Mirwald (2015): Evaluation von zoopädagogischen Führungen in Bezug auf die Wolfsproblematik in Österreich Ergebnisse einer qualitativen Erhebung im Tiergarten Schönbrunn.
Master / Diploma Thesis - Institut für Landschaftsentwicklung, Erholungs- und Naturschutzplanung (ILEN), BOKU-Universität für Bodenkultur, pp 200. UB BOKU obvsg

Data Source: ZID Abstracts
The aim of this study was an evaluation of guided night tours in „Schönbrunn“, the zoological garden of Vienna, by focussing this activity in particular on the station of the arctic wolves. The evaluation should elucidate the different attitudes towards these predators. In general, the attitude of the majority of people is positive towards these animals, although the reference literature reports, that the main part of the population is only to be considered a sort of „ambivalent friend of the wolf“, since in critical situations, these people may easily turn into opponents of the wolf. The attitudes towards wolves are a matter of numerous factors. The main factor is an unspecified fear of wolves: if the level of fear is low, the positive attitude prevails. Other factors are the mythologic stories about the wicked wolf, the appreciation of „the nature“ as a whole, estimations of wolf populations, the interplay between their and the men’s living environment, and, in particular, a widely very differently developed knowledge about the wolf’s behaviour. In this study, fourteen interviews were conducted. The data evaluation suggests five different types of persons: (1) the versed wolf supporter, (2) the intellectual wolf supporter, (3) the insecure wolf sceptic, (4) the anxious wolf sympathizer, (5) the anxious wolf avoider. Comparison with the literature shows that the main findings of this study do not differ much from previous results. The major difference of this study compared with others is the kind of design, which is similar to the one by CALUORI (1999). As a practical conclusion, it can be stated, that the guided night tours to the wolves is a multi sensory experience for the zoo-visitors and is rated as extraordinary interesting. Considering the public function of a zoo as an educational institution this kind of activity is very positive and effective, which could be even improved by implementing the results of this survey into the excursion strategy.

Beurteilende(r): Arnberger Arne

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