Wildlife conservation and wildlife tourism
Sustainable wildlife tourism has the potential to introduce many hundreds of thousands of people to the wonders of this planet's wildlife, but there is always a risk of disturbing or even destroying the very animals we seek. Potential problems include:
Wildlife tourism can also bring benefits to wildlife conservation:
We need to maximise the positive and minimise the negative impacts
She is also chair of the Scenic Rim branch of the Wildlife Preservation Society of Queensland (see Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/Scenic.Rim.Wildlife). Ronda and Darren are on the committee for Protect The Bush Alliance.
Araucaria Ecotours is a member of Ecotourism Australia (through which we have achieved advanced ecocertification for all our tours), and we are personally members of the Lamington Natural History Association, the Australian Orangutan Project and the Logan and Albert Conservation Association.
In 2019 Ronda Green has been working with Prof Noel Scott on a survey for UNWTO of responsible wildlife tourism in ASIA AN THE PACIFIC.
Ronda has been leading tours and field excursions into wildlife habitat for many years, always very mindful of the value of experiencing nature and helping others to do so while not unduly disturbing the animals and their environments. She has also conducted extensive literature research plus interviews with tourists, tour operators and conservation managers for the Sustainable Tourism Cooperative Research Centre, published (with co-author Karen Higginbottom) a report on 'Negative Effects of Wildlife Tourism on Wildlife'. and several other related publications. She was also second author ( with Karen Higginbottom and Chelsea Northrope) on 'Positive Effects of Wildlife Tourism on Wildlife.'
On behalf of Wildlife Tourism Australia Ronda has contributed some years ago and again more recently to the wildlife guidelines for Ecotourism Australia's eco-certification process and has led various related workshops including one leading to WTA's policy statement on the feeding of wildlife and other conservation-related matters. She has now been chair of WIldlife Tourism Australia for several years and has organised and conducted several conferences, workshops and displays. She has also authored a book on wildlife tourism and co-edited another on the topic.
See also various relevant publications and presentations by Ronda. plus numerous publications on wildlife tourism and conservation by other authors in the Wildlife Tourism Australia bibliography