Urban American perceptions of animals and the natural environment

Kellert, S.R., 1984, Urban American perceptions of animals and the natural environment, in: Urban Ecology, 8,

  • Author : Kellert, S.R.
  • Year : 1984
  • Journal/Series : Urban Ecology
  • Volume Number (CONSECUTIVE: Counting all Volumes of this Journal ever published) : 8
  • Pages : 209-228
  • Abstract in English : The ability to generate effective and appropriate urban management programs will depend to a considerable degree, on an accurate and precise understanding of environmental interests, desires, and perceptions of the urban constituency. This paper will focus on the wildlife and natural resource-related values , understandings and uses of the American urban public. Although urban Americans comprise a majority of the country’s population, this group has traditionally received limited attention from public natural recourse-related agencies. This study covered a wide variety of topics including knowledge and basic attitudes towards animals and nature, perceptions of specific issues, animal related activities and species preferences. It would not be possible to cover all this information and, therefore, this paper will focus on knowledge and basis attitudes toward animals and nature. This information should provide the most insight regarding how urban Americans fundamentally perceive and value the nonhuman environment, particularly the faunal world.
  • Comments/Notes : KEYWORDS: nature, animals, attitudes, urban, management, knowledge of nature. UTILITY: lecturers/teachers, academic research.