Call for Papers


Special Issue: Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050)

Impact Factor 2.576


From Grassroots to Global: An Exploration of New Paradigms and Practices in Visitor Behaviors and Wildlife Conservation


Guest Editor: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Recreation & Park Management, East Carolina University

Abstracts due by August 15th, 2021

Papers must not have been published or submitted elsewhere


Visitation rates at parks and protected areas, and zoos and aquariums (PPAZA) continue to grow. Wildlife conservation has benefitted from this in that wild and captive venues often work together for both in situ and ex situ conservation initiatives. One key factor in such conservation initiatives is visitor behaviors. Historically, visitors to PPAZA have simply been expected to minimize negative impacts to wildlife. Modern-day visitors are not only expected to minimize impacts, but also actively contribute to wildlife conservation. Such contributions can include financial donations, volunteering, and activism. However, there is increasing evidence that support for such behaviors is decreasing. Furthermore, traditional ways of connecting with visitors are losing traction as communication is being pushed to mobile technology.


Currently, work is emerging that reconceptualizes how PPAZA agencies connect with visitors to encourage greater participation in wildlife conservation behaviors. For example, visitors’ emotions are being explored to understand their role in behavior performance. Other research has investigated how advances in interpretation improve behavior adoption. Additionally, the role of technology in wildlife encounters, exhibit design, and visitor communication has revealed new avenues for visitors to adopt wildlife conservation behaviors. PPAZA agencies have also begun exploring how mobile technology can facilitate visitors performing behaviors off-site.


Visitor behaviors are a core component of wildlife conservation. As such, a robust discussion of understanding how to improve visitor participation in wildlife conservation behaviors has the potential to make meaningful and lasting contributions to the sustainability of wildlife. This call seeks for original and relevant conceptual and empirical papers that expand the boundaries and illuminate new directions for pro-wildlife visitor behaviors.



  • behavior models
  • branding
  • connection to wildlife
  • conservation psychology
  • ecotourism
  • flagship species
  • interpretation
  • marketing
  • nature-based tourism
  • technology
  • wild and captive
  • wildlife tourism


For more information or to submit abstracts, please contact Jeffrey Skibins at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..