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Wildlife Tourism Australia’s Research Network

Are you a tour operator interested in wildlife research?  A researcher who could use some help with transport, accommodation, special entry or volunteer assistance or just wanting to know what others are doing? A traveller interested in volunteering in wildlife research?

Wildlife Tourism Australia has recognised that many people working within the wildlife tourism industry (marine and terrestrial) are involved in wildlife research and monitoring, without necessarily knowing of others engaged in similar activities. We are thus developing a network of:

  • tour operators conducting scientific research, monitoring for conservation projects or recording natural history information
  • tour operation that employ researchers (e.g. veterinarians at wildlife parks, marine biologists at island resorts) who are conducting research or monitoring
  • tour operations that are willing to offer free or low-cost transport or accommodation or access (e.g. to view captive wildlife) for scientists or wildlife research students
  • researchers who would like to know what such opportunities exist
  • tourists who would like to volunteer for a research or monitoring programs

Tour guides, eco-accommodation venues and wildlife parks are often in ideal situations for ecological and behavioural research and able to provide access to researchers lacking sufficient funding. Collection of data may be conducted purely by outside scientists or staff of tourism operations, or may provide opportunity for tourists to observe and communicate with researchers, or actively participate at various levels.

For a listing of current projects throughout Australia, visit the ‘Research projects‘ menu above. These pages are both for networking between researchers and for travellers to find something they may join in with as volunteers.

The Research Toolbox provides information on equipment, identification guides, background information and other useful aids to designing and running projects.

A forum is under development. Some topics will be limited to registered researchers and tour operators, others will be open to all, including travellers seeking opportunities and discussing their experiences.

Are you already involved in a wildlife research project which includes involvement with a tourism operation?  Click on “add your research project” at the top right of this page to send us your details