Past Events and Workshops

Past events relevant to wildlife tourism

Events organized by Wildlife Tourism Australia


Innovation and diversity of experience in Sustainable Wildlife Tourism

Workshop run by Wildlife Tourism Australia, November 2014, in Perth, in cooperation with Murdoch University

For report on discussions, and the many insights and ideas arising from them,  see


Wildlife tourism and conservation of biodiversity in parks

Workshop run jointly by Wildlife Tourism Australia and Office of Heritage and Environment NSW, November 2014, Sydney (an official parallel event for the IUCN World Park sCongress)

This was an informal workshop to discuss wildlife-related aspects of tourism in protected areas, in preparation for the World Parks Congress. Topics discussed included  minimal-impact wildlife viewing using both new and old  technology, tour operators assisting with research or conservation monitoring, and research that is needed on tourism effects on wildlife and their habitats or on visitor behaviour and attitudes.

For report on discussions see



Snake as sister, spectacle or scientific object: connecting the dots for wildlife tourism

Wildlife Tourism Workshop, Darwin




Using Wildlife for Tourism:Opportunities, Threats, Responsibilities

Wildlife Tourism Australia’s 3rd national workshop
Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, Gold Coast, May 2012
Economics of wildlife tourism, providing world-class interpretation, contributions of wildlife tourism to conservation, minimising negative impacts



For reports on some of the  other events run by WTA or attended by WTA members over the years, please visit:


Events organized by others

(some attended by WTA reps)


World Parks Congress, Sydney, New South Wales,  12-19 November 2014

World Parks Congress

This exciting and important event, run by the international Union for Conservation of Nature,  only happens once every ten years.

Many topics were discussed by people from many countries and many backgrounds.

The next will be held in Russia in 2024.

Wildlife Tourism Australia chair Ronda Green presented two short talks on encouraging the next generation into our parks (marine and terrestrial) by  engaging them in voluntary wildlife research, and attended many other events during the rest of  the  week


Bird Fair, Sydney

25-26 October, 2014
Australia’s very first national bird fair: activities, expert speakers, bird-watching equipment and more was held successfully and is likely to become an annual event
Wildlife Tourism Australia had a display at this event for both days




International Coral Reef Symposium

Cairns, Australia July 2012.

Bush Lore Australia

  • Wilderness Survival Course- Basic: 28 to 29 July 2012
  • Outdoor Navigation Course: 28 to 29 July 2012

The 8th National Rehabilitation Conference,

Townsville, Nth Queensland, July 16-20, 2012

Emerging Tourism Opportunities – People, Partnerships and Programs in the Kimberley

 29-30 August 2012



Camera Trapping in Wildlife Management & Research Colloquium

September 2012, Sydney




Binna Burra Bird Week with Barry Davies

October 2012 (Barry, of Gondwana Guides, is a member, and former committee member, of WTA)


Global Eco Conference

Cairns 15-17 October 2012 Ecotourism Australia

(attended by Ronda Green and Peter Wood, chair and secretary of Wildlife Tourism Australia, and Ronda presented a paper on wildlife tourism)



Training with Savannah Guides

1-4 November 2012

Nitmiluk National Park, Northern Territory

The Savannah Guides School was held on the theme of “Working Together – Savannah Guides Partnerships” with a heavy involvement by NT Parks and Wildlife Service and Tourism NT, and association also with the Indigenous Business Partners and communities and organisations of the Katherine region.


Wildlife Expo

Wildlife Tourism Australia had a display at  the Scenic Rim’s third Wildlife Expo in Beaudesert (southeast Queensland) Sunday 7th August 2011

Animals, People – a Shared Environment, Conference in Brisbane

The 4th Biennial Australian Animal Studies Group Conference

Brisbane 10- – 13th July 2011. The theme, Animals, People – a Shared Environment, includes wildlife tourism as one of the topics and Ronda Green (chair WTA spoke of her experiences in wildlife tourism and human-wildlife interaction).

World Environmental Education Congress

WEEC Brisbane 19-23 July 2011


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