Implications of teenagers' attitudes toward maned wolf conservation in Brazil

Consorte-McCrea, A., Nigbur, D. and Bath, A. (2017) Implications of teenagers' attitudes toward maned wolf conservation in Brazil. Canid Biology & Conservation, 20 (5). pp. 16-24. ISSN 1478-2677.

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The relationships between people and wild canids are a widespread concern for the conservation of species and habitats. The maned wolf Chrysocyon brachyurus is a Near Threatened species inhabiting South America. Strategies to conserve this keystone species may benefit the also-declining Cerrado biome. The attitudes of teenagers toward wild carnivores are also of worldwide interest as these youth are the future decision makers. We investigated selected attitudes, beliefs and knowledge in relation to the maned wolf of two age groups (12-13 and 16-17), using questionnaires delivered in three urban areas of the São Paulo state, a region highly populated and rich in biodiversity and endemism. Responses were analysed according to age groups, gender, location and experiences concerning the maned wolf. Results suggest that positive attitudes declined with age; gender has very little effect on attitudes; seeing the maned wolf in nature and zoos may increase support for the conservation and may facilitate learning about the species, while identification with some maned wolf attributes amongst older teens in the most urbanised areas may foster sympathy toward the species. Conservation strategies and environmental education can help to provide early positive experiences of contact with the maned wolf and the Cerrado, especially if they are tailored to address the variation we found in attitudes between different age groups.

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Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Open Access journal
Uncontrolled Keywords: Canidae, conservation biology, maned wolf, attitudes, Cerrado, Brazil
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology > BF0076.5 Psychology research
Q Science > QH Natural history > QH0301 Biology (General) > QH0540 Ecology
Q Science > QL Zoology > QL0605 Chordates. Vertebrates > QL0700 Mammals > QL0737.C22 Wolves
Divisions: Faculty of Social and Applied Sciences > School of Human and Life Sciences
Depositing User: Dr Adriana Consorte-McCrea
Date Deposited: 23 Jun 2017 16:19
Last Modified: 07 Mar 2019 17:15

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