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 :

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


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: [email protected]

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: [email protected]


Junko Oshima


Jessie Panazzolo

Heroic Tourism is the brainchild of Jessie Panazzolo following her research of two Black Lemur populations in the rainforests of  Nosy Be island and Nosy Komba Lemur Park, Madagascar.

Compared to the wild lemurs, the tourist exposed lemurs were obese, diabetic, aggressive and had patches of missing fur. Their diet consisted mainly of sugar rich bananas and they constantly came into contact with people wearing insect repellent and suffering various illnesses.The other side of the story is that 90% of Madagascar’s rainforests had been destroyed by the establishment of agricultural plantations, leaving  wildlife tourism ventures such as those involving lemurs as the only reason for protecting the remaining forest. Tourists were coming from far and wide to see Madagascar’s unique forests and the wildlife that lives within them, but at the same time, tourism was harming Madagascan flora and fauna. Jessie believed that ethical tourism practices and informed travellers could; contribute to a global conservation effort carried out by tourists to protect natural environments and wildlife, place positive pressure on tourism ventures in order to mainstream ethical practices and phase out unethical tourism ventures through reduced demand. From these ideologies, Heroic Tourism was born.


Angus M Robinson

AngusMRobinsonLeisure Solutions® was established in 1993 and became an early member of Ecotourism Australia Ltd. Managing Partner Angus M Robinson and his wife Jeanette are leaders in the growing ecotourism and geotourism sectors, introducing ecotourism operators to the concept of philanthropy as a key element of ecotourism and enabling travellers enjoying ecotourism products to be able to contribute to the work of wildlife conservation. As sponsors of The Conservation Ecology Centre at Cape Otway in Victoria, they have an ongoing commitment to conservation of wildlife and their habitats. Leisure Solutions® has previously funded wildlife conservation projects (Eastern Quolls and Koalas) managed by the Foundation for National Parks and Wildlife of which Angus is currently a Governor.

CONTACT: Angus M Robinson, Managing Partner, Leisure Solutions®, PO Box 638, STRAWBERRY HILLS NSW 2012 Australia, tel: +61 (0) 418 488 340, email: [email protected]

Twitter: angusmrobinson, countrychrmtour, Skype: angusmrobinson  All other contact and business details: https://www.referralkey.com/leisuresolutions and https://www.linkedin.com/in/angusmrobinson/


Erica Shedley

Southern Flora offers one to three day personal guided bird and wildflower tours across a wide range of landscapes in the south-west of Western Australia. The new owner-operated small business, managed by Dr Erica Shedley, is based in Bridgetown about 3 hours drive south of Perth. Southern Flora bird tours provide interesting ecological and botanical information about the habitats in which the birds live, based on years of living and working closely with the local environment. Erica also works as a local bird guide for Australia Naturally Travel and Birding South West in the south-west for international tourists.


Robyn Stark

Robyn StarkRobyn Stark was our webmaster until 2017.  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: [email protected]


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: [email protected]

Peter Wood

Dr Peter Wood has (at different times) been Wildlife Tourism Australia’s secretary and treasurer, and has represented WTA at events in FNQ.He was also very involved insetting upper wildlife research network, and co-authored a chapter on same with our chair Ronda Green  in an international book on Science Tourism