DOI link for Actualizing wolves
Actualizing wolves book
In this chapter, the author focuses on strategies of actualizing wolves in the context of environmental education. It presents the data that are based on ‘thick inspections’ in exhibitions in Swiss natural history museums and in zoos and qualitative interviews with curators and taxidermists. In addition to the well-known institutions of environmental education, the chapter looks at guided hiking tours through wolf territories, which is explored by doing participant observation and interviews with the providers. Following a relational approach focusing on practices, it examines the moments of actualizing wolves in particular and environmental education sites in general as networks of humans, animals, objects and other materialities which produce knowledge about wolves through interaction(s). The chapter argues that environmental education settings, as sites of knowledge production and entangled sites, are a significant part of wolf management in Switzerland.