Presentations at Wildlife Tourism Australia’s 3rd National Workshop, 16-18 May 2012

Venue Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, Gold Coast, Queensland

Abstracts of most of the following can be seen on this downloadable pdf file:  Program Wildlife Tourism pdf (1.3MB)

Powerpoint presentations converted to pdf files can be downloaded below for some of the presentations (more coming!)

 Welcoming Presentations

  • Welcome to workshop, Ten years of Wildlife Tourism Australia (Ronda Green, chair WTA) Download pdf  (9MB) WTA’s first decade
  • Welcome to venue, brief history of Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary (Jonathan Fisher, CEO of Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary)
  • Welcome to the Southern Gold Coast (Kristin Zeisi and Rachael Cannard, General Manager, Southern Gold Coast)

Keynote presentations


  • Economic Benefits, Conservation and Wildlife Tourism (Emeritus Professor Clem Tisdell, University of Queensland). Download pdf Economic Benefits C Tisdell (13.1MB)
  • Close encounters: Why understanding human-wildlife interactions matters (Associate Professor Darryl N Jones, Griffith University) DarrylJones pdf  (2mb)
  • What is Wildlife Tourism in 2012, and what do people want? (Shane O’Reilly, Managing Director, O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat)

Contributed papers

  • Wildlife in the promotion of Australia’s national Landscapes (Jonathan Fisher, Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary)
  •  Tasmania’s Great Wildlife Viewing Sites Combining Tourism and Conservation (Ingrid Albion, Tasmania’s Parks and Wildlife Service)
  • A new resource guide for everyone involved in recovery and management of Queensland’s Threatened Animals (Lee Curtis, Editor, Queensland’s Threatened Animals)
  • The value of quality interpretation: a short guide in how to provide memorable experiences (Barry Davies, Gondwana Guides)
  • Plant-based Tourism (Mark Ballantyne, Environmental Futures, Griffith University) Download pdf  Plants & Tourism M Ballantyne (1.9MB)
  • Are you looking at me? Tourism effects on behaviour: a Rottnest Island case study (Teele Worrell et al, Murdoch University)
  • The Repositioning of Zoos as Conservation Organisations: Evaluating the Perceptions of Stakeholders (Larry Perry, Southern Cross Universit)
  • Fostering pro-environmental behaviour of zoo visitors through persuasive communication (Liam Smith and Betty Weiler, Monash Sustainability Institute)
  • Dubai wildlife tourism :a veterinary perspective (Peter McKinney, Zoo and Wildlife Veterinary Consultant, Yandina)PeterMcKinney pdf (827kb)
  • The development of birdwatching tourism in Japan (Assoc-Professor Junko Oshima, University of the Ryukyus, Japan)
  • Forming a network of marine wildlife tourism operators incvolved in research (Dr Peter Wood)PeterWood pdf (1.1mb)
  • Let the Oceans Speak (Dr Gayle Mayes, University of the Sunshine Coast) GayleMayes pdf (479kb)
  • Ecotourism as a contributor to conservation of bats in urban environments (Maree Kerr, Australasian Bat Society) MareeKerr pdf (2.4m)
  • Commercial and philanthropic opportunities for enhancing wildlife conservation through ecotourism (Angus M Robinson, Leisure Solutions® and Susanna Bradshaw, Foundation for National Parks and Wildlife) AngusRobinson pdf (2.4mb)
  • The Baby Dreaming Project: the Snake as Sister (Interpretation the Indigenous way) (Denise Lawungkurr Goodfellow, Southern Cross University and vice chair WTA) DeniseGoodfellow pdf (1.9mb)
  •  Marine Plastic Debris – a threat – and opportunity for Wildlife Tourism  (Ian Hutton,, Lord Howe Island Nature Tours)
  • Psychological Variables for Conservation through Wildlife Tourism (Rodolfo Sapiains, University of Queensland)
  • Managing Wildlife Tourism: an ethics approach to human-wildlife interactions (Dr Leah Burns, Griffith University) Based on the paper: Burns, G. L., Macbeth, J., and Moore, S. 2011 Should dingoes die? Principles for engaging ecocentric ethics in wildlife tourism management. Journal of Ecotourism, 10(3): 179-196.
  • Wildlife tourism in Australia: the next decade (Dr Ronda Green, chair WTA, proprietor Araucaria Ecotours, adjunct research fellow Envrionmental Futures, Griffith University) RondaGreen2 (3.1mb)
  • New Wildlife Tourism Television Series: opportunity to participate.Viewing of 25 minute pilot film for a television series by Lin Sutherland of Travel Wild, on wildlife tourism that assists conservation (this episode is on the theme of the economics of wildlife tourism) followed by a half-hour discussion, including where and what to film and possibilities for funding, of special interest for those who may be interested in being involved with the series. Lin led the discussion.