Wildlife Tourism Conference Brisbane 2021

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

Griffith University (Nathan), Brisbane 27th June to 1st July 2021

This is the conference we were to have run in 2020 but were prevented by the very necessary lockdown for coronavirus. We still don’t know (of course) what the situation will be in June 2021, but we plan to hold a combined in person and virtual event. Queenslanders should have no problem attending in person, and we hope that b then it will be just as easy for other Australians and New Zealanders. How long before flights from other counties are allowed remains very uncertain

However we are now opening:

  • a call for papers (which can be presented in person or virtually) – abstract should be no longer than 3000 words, and state which of the following themes you would like it to be included in
  • expressions of interest (you will be added to an email list for updates)

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

Our themes will mostly be similar to the previous, with two additions:

Shingleback lizard, outback Queensland. Photo: Araucaria Ecotours
  • 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
  • Examples of Wildlife tourism actively protecting or restoring habitats and species
  • The forgotten wildlife: tourism involving reptiles, frogs, fish, invertebrates, plants 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
  • Giving captive animals a good life (with climate change, habitat loss, predation by feral animals and other threats, zoos and aquaria have a serious role to play in conservation breeding: how can they best ensure the animals are not only not suffering but living positively enjoyable lives?)
  • Covid-19 effects: how tour companies can switch from an international to a domestic tourism focus, and can we adapt future tours to have decreased impact on wildlife and ecosystems instead of simply returning to pre-covid crowds?

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

https://www.wildlifetourism.org.au/blog/coming-events/wildlife-tourism-australia-conference-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 – 1 July 2021 

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 now open!

Registration now open!


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)