Wildlife Tourism Australia Policies
See the following Wildlife Tourism Australia pages:
- Best practice in wildlife tourism
- Guidelines for members
- Code of conduct
- Guiding principles set out at the incorporation of Wildlife Tourism Australia
- Guidelines for human/wildlife interactions
- Policies on whale-watching and commercial whaling
- Submissions by Wildlife TourismAustralia:
Policies, guidelines and legislation
There are some relevant laws against killing, collecting or interfering with native animals, some vegetation clearing, housing conditions of captive animals etc.
However, 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, further agreements between nations would be very useful.