My review of “Wildlife Tourism Futures” has been accepted in the Journal of Tourism Futures.
Considering that by 2050, 68% of the world will live in urban areas, what is perceived as “wild” may be different as to how we perceive it today. An exploration of the socio-human aspect of wild-life tourism is crucial as different cultures, demographics, and urban vs non-urban visitors will have different narratives about what is considered wild and what is an acceptable and desirable animal- human interaction.
My review highlights the glaring gap that this important book (there are few if any books focusing on wildlife tourism in the future. If you know of some FUTURES wildlife books please let me know) did not include any writers or case studies from Africa, a region that is at the forefront of wildlife tourism.
I was also quite shocked at the definition of wild life in the future – essentially formally wild animals – rather than animals in the wild.
I would highly recommend this book for any one in the land or sea based wild life tourism fields. The main shocking insight it gave me is how far removed so many people already are from the concept of WILD.
The review is posted below.