Photo: Tasmanian Devil

This week, October 28-31, Wildlife Tourism Australia holds its conference and will be up transforming this preview page into an exciting recap. We are also curating this Twitter moment.

The conference – Wildlife tourism values and challenges: balancing the needs of wildlife, tourists, operators and residents – takes place in Tasmania. The conference begins in Launceston and moves to the wilds of Cradle Mountain.

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About the event
The 2018 Wildlife Tourism Australia conference is a deep-dive, balancing the needs of wildlife, tourists, operators and residents.

From Wildlife Tourism Australia: “Too often we consider the needs of tourists or tour operators only, and when needs of the animals themselves or the needs of local human residents are considered, there is much emotional opinion but too little evidence. WTA brings together delegates and presenters from varied backgrounds to discuss the issues, the pros and the cons of different approaches to tourism, where it can have positive and negative impact on individual animals (welfare), populations of animals (conservation, education), local residents (economic boost, other advantages, nuisance value) and how to best fit this in with what tourists want (or adjust accordingly) and what tourist operators need in order to keep operating.”

Key Links
Roundtable report (PDF)
The needs of wildlife@joytripovich


  • What is the hashtag for the conference? #WildlifeTourism2018?
  • Is there a directory of Wildlife Tourism Australia members?
  • Is there a directory of participants registered for the October wildlife tourism conference?
  • Which Wildlife Tourism Australia members have pages on Facebook? Twitter? YouTube?
  • Are there recommended open access photos and videos documenting Australian wildlife and biodiversity?
  • Are there interesting accounts to follow from Tasmanians on Facebook? Twitter? YouTube?
  • Will the conference have live and recorded video?
  • What would locals like visitors to know about Tasmania?

Wildlife Tourism – is a national organization promoting the sustainable development of a diverse wildlife tourism industry that supports conservation.

Wildlife Tourism Australia

2017 Conversation


Twitter Moment

Conference Locales

Launceston, Tasmania

Tasmania (lutruwita)

Cradle Mountain

Australian Places

The Otways



Wildlife Tourism

Wild Australia

Players (a.k.a. Stakeholders)

The tour operator’s dilemma: Keeping the customer happy while not disturbing the wildlife


Aboriginal and Indigenous cultures, languages, and peoples in Australia

Australia 2018

Supporting Sustainable Livelihoods through Wildlife Tourism

Responsible Travel Week

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