Chinese visitors' experiences of nature and wild macaques: inspiration and personal growth for living in Hong Kong

Wing Naam Lee, Gareth John Davey

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Country parks offer urban residents the opportunity to experience wildlife, engage in environmental education, and socially bond with family and friends, but little is known about these experiences in China. Twenty-five interviews were conducted in 2012 to investigate the meanings Hong Kong residents visiting Kam Shan Country Park ascribed to social contact with wild rhesus macaques (Macaca mulatta). Findings revealed positive attitudes toward the macaques. A key message was a positive human relationship with the macaques that were valued by the visitors for enjoyment and emotional satisfaction. Participants reported human-macaque interaction nurtured personal growth, family and social ties, and children's education. Suggestions are offered to park managers and the government for managing human-macaque interaction in the park, such as animal management and education outreach programs.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)206-219
Number of pages14
JournalHuman Dimensions of Wildlife
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2015

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