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dc.contributor.advisorVaughan, Christopher
dc.contributor.advisorTemple, Stanley A.
dc.contributor.authorGramza, Ashley
dc.date.accessioned2009-10-14T19:10:06Z
dc.date.available2009-10-14T19:10:06Z
dc.date.issued2008
dc.identifier.urihttp://digital.library.wisc.edu/1793/37506
dc.description28 p.en
dc.description.abstractI interviewed 30 people in San Isidro de Upala, Costa Rica, to reveal their knowledge and attitudes about snakes. I found that many people hated and feared snakes because they assumed incorrectly that many or all snakes in the area were venomous. I then administered an education program designed to improve people's knowledge and attitudes about snakes. The program included information on the biology, identification, and ecological importance of snakes. I also explained how to safely respond to snake encounters. Before-and-after comparisons of responses to questionnaires measuring knowledge and attitudes showed that education programs made people more knowledgeable about snakes. Increased knowledge has been linked to positive attitudes. If people have positive attitudes towards snakes, they will be less likely to kill them; therefore helping to preserve the biodiversity of Costa Rica.en
dc.language.isoen_USen
dc.subjectWildlife Ecologyen
dc.subjectForest and Wildlife Ecologyen
dc.titleThe Effect of Education Programs on the Knowledge and Attitudes about Snakes in San Isidro de Upala, Costa Ricaen
dc.title.alternativeThe effect of outreach programs on the knowledge and attitudes about snakes in San Isidro de Upala, Costa Rica
dc.typeThesisen


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