Set minimum distances for approaching mammals
Overall effectiveness category No evidence found (no assessment)
Number of studies: 0
Background information and definitions
At some sites, such as at national parks where safaris are a popular means of visitors observing animals, large numbers of people or vehicles closely approaching mammals may cause them disturbance or cause changes in their behaviour. This may restrict areas that these animals use or affect hunting or feeding opportunities. Limits, including through voluntary guidelines, exist in some areas on the minimum distance to which people or vessels may approach sea mammals (e.g. Inman et al. 2016). Similar regulation or guidelines may also lessen such potential impacts for mammals.
Inman A., Brooker E., Dolman S., McCann R., Wilson A.M.W. (2016) The use of marine wildlife-watching codes and their role in managing activities within marine protected areas in Scotland. Ocean & Coastal Management, 132, 132–142.