Crocodiles and grey nomads: a deadly combination?

Shelley Burgin, Nigel Hardiman

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Abstract

Increasing numbers of retirees seek individual, extended, unstructured activities in remote, non-commercial locations. Travel is predominantly by self-drive 4WD vehicle towing a caravan/campervan. These ‘grey nomads’ often prefer remote bush camping sites/caravan parks to commercial resorts. The tropics – a popular destination – are inhabited by Australia's only large semi-terrestrial carnivore, the estuarine crocodile Crocodylus porosus. Conservation programmes of recent decades have resulted in a substantial increase in numbers. With naive grey nomads increasingly encroaching on crocodile territory, attacks are expected to increase. Review of conservation programmes to incorporate awareness education targeting grey nomads is therefore required.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)60-63
Number of pages4
JournalCurrent Issues in Tourism
Volume19
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2 Jan 2016

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Keywords

  • crocodile attack
  • Crocodylus porosus
  • self-drive holidays
  • wilderness recreation
  • wildlife conflict

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  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Tourism, Leisure and Hospitality Management

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Crocodiles and grey nomads : a deadly combination? / Burgin, Shelley; Hardiman, Nigel.

In: Current Issues in Tourism, Vol. 19, No. 1, 02.01.2016, p. 60-63.

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