Policies and best practice for tourism operations

Red Kangaroo (male)

Red Kangaroo (male)

Wildlife Tourism Australia Policies

Also see WTA’s Guidelines for WTA members and others, including code of conduct

David Newsome et al, in their book on Wildlife Tourism, point out that although we have some intentional conservation agreements (e.g. CITES, Ramsar, World Heritage), few policies on wildlife tourism exist at jurisdictional level, especially internationally. We hope this will be addressed in coming years, as wildlife tourism has the potential to both assist wildlife conservation and impact on wildlife and their habitats, and since mobile creatures such as birds and marine turtles don’t understand out political boundaries, ¬†agreements between nations would be very useful.

Wildlife Tourism Australia has produced the following policies, submissions and best practice documents:

Submissions: visit http://wildlifetourism.org.au/conservation/submissions/