Wildlife Tourism Conference 2022

Wildlife Tourism: How do we increase the benefits for wildlife and people?

Griffith University (Nathan), Brisbane June/July 2022 (exact dates TBA)

We were to have run a conference at Griffith University in 2020 (click here for the three webinar sessions we ran instead) but were prevented by the very necessary lockdown for coronavirus. We hoped to run it instead in June 2021, but it is still not possible, so are now making plans for 2022. Stay tuned for details!

We are now seeking:

  • no-obligation expressions of interest (you will be added to an email list for updates), including a working title if you are considering a presentation).

Send the above (with subject line WTA conference 2021 to [email protected]

Our themes will be:

Shingleback lizard, outback Queensland. Photo: Araucaria Ecotours
  • Innovation and diversity in wildlife tourism for economic growth and biodiversity conservation in regional areas (tourism involving less famous/charismatic wildlife, different ways of experiencing wildlife, value-adding, over-coming obstacles)
  • Active conservation by tourism operations: protecting or restoring habitats and species, conservation breeding
  • Visitor education for appreciation and understanding of wildlife and conservation issues
  • Conservation-related research (including citizen science involving operators and/or tourists)
  • Giving captive animals a life worth living: how can we go beyond the avoidance of suffering and help captive animals lead truly enjoyable lives? What do we know about what matters to them and what do we need more study of?
  • Climate change and wildlife tourism: how can we have a positive effect, ether directly or via visitor education)
  • Covid-19 lockdown effects (and where to from here?)

Call for registrations will most likely open early 2021, when we will be in a better position to know the likely situation for travel in June.

Meantime, check out our webinars in June 2020


The following concerns the conference we were to have run this year before the coronavirus crisis intervened:

Originally 21-25 June 2020, now 27 June/July 2022 

Nathan campus of Griffith University, Brisbane, Queensland (“the university in a forest”) 

Many thanks to our major sponsor: Griffith University (Science Group, School of Environment and Science, and the Environment Futures research Institute)

Wild koala near Gold Coast. Photo: Araucaria Ecotours

How do we minimise the negative effects and enhance the positive effects of wildlife tourism? We’re starting the 20’s by discussing how to really make it benefit both wildlife and people.

This important conference will involve researchers, students, tour operators, ecolodges, zoos, national parks, NGOs, government and others. A mix of people from different backgrounds always achieves new insights and ideas.

We’re also holding a free public forum (open to both public and conference delegates) on bird feeding at Southbank Parklands, Sunday 21st June, just before out welcome function for delegates. Delegates and the general public are all welcome to attend the forum.

Let us know if you would like to be added to a no-obligation list to be notified of updates by email 

Call for papers TBA

Registration TBA

Topics (see Topics for more detail):

Thorny devil, Tallaringa Photo DEWNR, SA
  • Innovation and diversity in wildlife tourism for economic growth and biodiversity conservation in regional areas
  • Wildlife/human interactions: enhancing the positive and mitigating the negative to optimise benefits for wildlife and people
  • Wildlife tourism protecting or restoring habitats and species
  • The forgotten wildlife: tourism involving reptiles, frogs, fish, invertebrates and the lesser-known mammals and birds
  • Visitor education for appreciation and understanding of wildlife: making it entertaining, memorable and meaningful
  • Citizen science and conservation volunteering in wildlife tourism
  • Climate change and wildlife tourism: avoiding and mitigating
  • Wildlife tourism in Asia and the Pacific

Back to “Coming Events”

King parrot approaches Darren in Lamington National Park. Photo: Araucaria Ecotours
Delegates watching devils at [email protected] during our 2018 conference in Tasmania
We will be looking at both marine and terrestrial wildlife tourism. Minke whale, Coral Sea. Photo: Eye to Eye Marine Encounters
Tourists and birds explore Tangalooma Resort, Moreton Island, Queensland. Photo Araucaria Ecotours
Orangutan at Sepilok, Sabah, Borneo. We will be including wildlife tourism in Asia and the Pacific (Australia’s neighbours). Photo Araucaria Ecotours

Many thanks to our major sponsor: Griffith University (Science Group, School of Environment and Science, and the Environment Futures research Institute)