Wildlife Tourism Australia's Research Network
Wildlife Tourism Australia is developing a network of people within the wildlife tourism industry involved in scientific research and conservation monitoring.
The purpose of this network is to nurture wildlife tourism to further assist the scientific community, citizen science, and the endeavour of scientific discovery in Australia as well as helping to keep an eye on conservation problems and projects and add to our knowledge of natural history.
This research may be:
- Ecology and other scientific inquiry to be published in research literature
- Surveys and monitoring for conservation management
- Natural history observations
- Tourism research (e.g. economic value, interpretation methods)
Research in tourism can involve a specialised research tourism venture, or more general wildlife tourism that includes a research component. Collection of data may involve tourism operators and associated scientists alone, or may provide opportunity for tourists and other volunteers to participate at various levels, and in so doing enjoy a great learning experience.
For a listing of current projects throughout Australia, visit the 'Research Network' menu above. These pages are both for networking between researchers and for travellers to find something they may like to join in with as volunteers.
The Research Toolbox provides information for the researcher on equipment, 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.