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WTA Individual Members

A new directory of members is in process of construction – available here soon!   The member pages are a work-in-progress at the moment.

Most of our corporate members  – tour operators, eco-accommodations, wildlife parks etc. appear under the menu item “Tours/Accommodation”  and a couple of others are included under “Resources

Some of our individual members are :

  • Rie Usui
  • Kamini Barua
  • Aise Kim
  • Junko Oshima
  • Angus M Robinson
  • Robyn Stark
  • Peter Wood

Rie Usui

Rie UsuiMy name is Rie Usui. I am a doctoral student at Hiroshima University in Japan. I conduct research at Miyajima Island, a tourism site where free-ranging Japanese sika deer have close associations with humans. My research interests are studying human and non-human animal (NHA) interrelationships as well as wildlife conservation, management and welfare. For my current research at Miyajima, I conduct behavioral observations of the deer and tourists. Also, I analyze historical records related to human and deer relationships in order to establish effective management strategies. I received a M.S. in Primate Behavior and Ecology from Central Washington University. For my master’s thesis, I conducted research at a monkey park in China and studied the roles of park rangers in regulating tourist behaviors and management of the monkeys.

Contact details: 
Graduate School of Integrated Arts and Sciences at Hiroshima University
Email: leahrieusui@hiroshima-u.ac.jp

Kamini Barua

Kamini BDr. Kamini Barua is an Ecologist working in the EU FP-7 project on sustainable production of biofuels for the aviation industry and is work based at the Leuphana University in Lueneburg, Germany. She did her Phd in Ecology and Conservation Biology at the Centre for Nature Conservation, Georg-August University of Goettingen in Germany. Her research interests include biodiversity and nature conservation, ecosystem services, natural resource management and sustainable ecotourism. Since 2008, following the completion of her PhD, Dr. Kamini has been actively coordinating a German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) capacity building program for German Alumni on networking and building partnership with higher education and research institutes in the developing countries in the tropics with the main working theme on the sustainable management of biodiversity. Within the framework of her current EU project assignment, she has also been conducting a biodiversity monitoring study in the Brazilian Cerrado with birds as bioindicators for evaluating the ecological sustainability of a locally growing oil palm species (Acrocomia aculeata) within a silvopastoral system. She is keenly interested in promoting community based wildlife tourism and in this context had also coordinated an International German Alumni Summer School on the theme ‘Biodiversity management and tourism development’ in Lombok (Indonesia) in 2010. She is actively involved in promoting the ecotourism initiative at the Agoratoli ecotourism camp with specific focus on ‘birding tourism’ through local community participation in Kaziranga National Park (Assam, India). Dr. Kamini intends to conduct her next research on community-based conservation in the grasslands of southern Minas Gerais (Brazil), using some grassland birds as umbrella species and evaluating the current rate of land-use change and its impact on the biota.

Contact details: Leuphana Univeristy, Lueneburg, Scharnhorststrasse 1 C16.006 21335 Lueneburg, Germany.
Email: kaminikusum@gmail.com

Aise Kim

Aise photoDr Aise Kim is a Senior Lecturer in Tourism Management at the University of South Australia, Australia. She completed her PhD on visitor interpretation and sustainable tourism at the University of Surrey, U.K.  Her research interest areas include tourism impacts, tourist behaviours, pro-environmental behaviour, market segmentation, destination image, and tourism destination marketing. She has a distinctive track record in the field of environmental behaviour and visitor interpretation in nature-based tourism areas, publishing her research work in top-tier journals, Journal of Travel Research, Tourism Management, Journal of Ecotourism, and Tourism Geographies. Dr Kim has been actively involved in several research projects focusing on tourist behaviours and the psychological and environmental impacts of those behaviours in the field of special interest tourism, such as bird-watching tourism, fossil-based tourism, nature-based tourism, food tourism, and ecotourism. She was one of the successful applicants to the South Australian Tourism Commission and Flinders Ranges Tourism Industry Association for the project which examined the potential of nature-based tourism products for sustainable regional economic development in the Flinders Ranges region, South Australia. Her recent research work also is extended to examine a cross-cultural study on green accommodation, targeting wildlife tourists and nature-based tourists. She is keen to make a stronger connection with the industry and engage with the project which makes significant impacts on the policy development and practical implications for sustainable business development at a local, regional and national scale. Contact: UniSA Business School, University of South Australia, City West Campus, North Terrace, GPO Box 2471, Adelaide, South Australia, 5001. Phone: 08 8302 0444, e-mail: Aise.Kim@unisa.edu.au

Junko Oshima

Angus M Robinson

AngusMRobinsonAn exploration geologist by profession and a graduate of The University of Melbourne, Angus established his ecotourism business Leisure Solutions® in 1993, joining the industry group, Ecotourism Australia, as an early member. After 15 recent years working in technology industry development and advocacy in various executive roles, since 2008, he has been engaged in ecotourism and geotourism activities as an eco-certified tour packager of Country Charm™ Discovery Tours.https://leisuresolutions.rezdy.com/   In 2011, he was appointed inaugural Chair of the Geotourism Sub Committee of the Geological Society of Australia, and has recently been appointed inaugural chair of the Geotourism Forum of Ecotourism Australia.  Prior to 1993, he has enjoyed roles as the Director, Commercial Services at Taronga and Western Plains Zoos, and as the inaugural Director of Sydney’s former redeveloped Geological and Mining Museum (The Earth Exchange). Earlier in his career, Angus also served as the first professional manager of the Mt Hotham Alpine Resort in Victoria, for a period interspersed between undertaking various roles in the Australian minerals industry. Angus is also a member of the Environment Institute of Australia and New Zealand, the Linnean Society of NSW, and the Forum Advocating Cultural & Ecotourism (FACET) in WA.
CONTACT: Angus M Robinson, Managing Partner, Leisure Solutions®, PO Box 638, STRAWBERRY HILLS NSW 2012 Australia, tel: +61 (0) 418 488 340, email: angus@leisuresolutions.com .au
Twitter: angusmrobinson, countrychrmtour, Skype: angusmrobinson  All other contact and business details:https://www.referralkey.com/leisuresolutions  and http://www.linkedin.com/in/angusmrobinson

Robyn Stark

Robyn StarkRobyn Stark is our webmaster.  She operates her own web development and management business and specialises in the tourism, travel and wildlife industries, as well as canine conservation and training. Robyn also offers a consultancy and management all of the online developments so business owners can concentrate on running their business. This includes maintaining the site with new content, posting on to social media, and maintaining awareness of new marketing opportunities for each business.

Robyn offers excellent rates for individual tour guides through to small tourism businesses and larger corporations.
Phone:  (07) 3040 3040  and  0405 555 959
Email: rob@worldwildlifeweb.com

Peter Wood

Dr Peter Wood is Wildlife Tourism Australia’s secretary. You will find more details on our committee page.