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This is the concluding chapter of the book, which examines the way open-range monkeys are managed for tourism in Japan. The chapter attempts to do two things. First, it reflects on the limits to provisioning as an animal display system. It is done by identifying the main flaws in the workings of the principle of attraction on which it is based. The chapter shows that what might at first appear as an efficient system of wildlife tourism in fact turns out to be a rather blunt instrument that has a range of unintended consequences that potentially undermine it in the long run. Second, the chapter focuses on the purpose of display. Monkey parks have basically operated as recreational institutions. But this emphasis on entertainment raises doubts about their legitimacy. Hence, there may well be a case for the parks to re-orient themselves away from entertainment and towards conservation.

Keywords: animal display system; Japanese monkey; monkey parks



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