Program for Wildlife Tourism Conference Oct-Nov 2022

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Details of the program are yet to be worked out, but meantime here is a broad overview:

Southbank Parklands
  • Sunday afternoon 30th October 2022, Southbank, Brisbane.
    • Public presentations and displays, tentatively 1.30 – 300.pm, open to delegates and the general public. Wildlife travel between Australia and Indonesia (two countries with very high biodiversity but so very different although so very close to each other)
    • Public forum, tentatively 3.30-5.00pm, open to delegates and the general public. Wildlife-human interactions. When is it okay and when isn’t it? Where it is allowed, what should the rules be?
    • 5.00pm. Registration and welcome function for delegates at the Ship Inn, owned by Griffith University (next to the forum area). Drinks and nibbles. Good food: responsibly sourced seafood, free-range meats, vegan foods, excellent coffee.
Interpretive walk in Toohey Forest
  • Monday 31st October. Nathan campus, Griffith University (20-minute bus-ride from Southbank), “the University in a Forest”
    • 8.30am Registration opens
    • 8.45am to lunchtime: presentations,
    • including Keynote Speaker Peter Gash of Lady Elliot Island
    • lunchtime to5.00pm presentations and round-table discussions
    • 5.30pm Exploration of the Eco-Centre, with drinks and nibbles (short bushwalk between conference venue and Eco-Centre)
  • Tuesday 1st November
    • 8.30am – lunchtime: as for Monday
    • including Keynote speaker Brooke Squires
    • lunchtime to 5.30pm: Mid-conference excursion for guided visits to one or possibly two well-designed information centres interpreting local fauna and flora, some short bush walks, and viewing of koalas (a walk-through enclosure with captive koalas, but also a possibility of seeing wild ones)
    • 6.30pm Conference dinner (venue TBA)

  • Wednesday 2nd November
    • 8.30 – 5.00pm as for Monday
    • including keynote speaker Debby Cox “History and lessons learnt from developing chimpanzee tourism in Uganda.”
    • also including a special section on animal tourism in Japan

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