About the Authors

Esther van der Meer

Roles Conceptualization, Data curation, Formal analysis, Investigation, Methodology, Supervision, Writing – original draft

esthervdmeer@gmail.com

Affiliation Cheetah Conservation Project Zimbabwe, Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

Sandra Botman

Roles Data curation, Writing – review & editing

Affiliation Saxion, Department of Tourism Management, Deventer, the Netherlands

Simone Eckhardt

Roles Conceptualization, Supervision, Writing – review & editing

Affiliation Stichting SPOTS, Stampersgat, the Netherlands

Competing Interests

One author (SE) is affiliated to an animal welfare organisation (SPOTS) which raises awareness about the detrimental effect of wildlife tourist attractions on animal welfare. This author contributed to the experimental design and writing of the manuscript. The decision to publish was made jointly and all the authors adhere to the PLOS ONE policies and are satisfied that the presented work is an objective, impartial and fair assessment of the subject area.