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        Ronda Green

Ronda Joy Green, BSc (Hons)PhD

Ronda painting

Ronda holds a PhD in zoology and has conducted much ecological and behavioural research over the years, especially seed dispersal by fruit-eating animals and the effects of habitat alteration on wildlife, also play behaviour of chimpanzees and various aspects of wildlife tourism, and is the author or co-author of a number of publications.

She has had extensive experience in nature interpretation for all ages, having run a holiday farm specializing in nature studies and horsemanship, worked as ranger in charge of interpretive activities at Lamington National Park, convened and run lecture courses at universities in Queensland and New South Wales (population ecology, conservation biology etc.) and adult education classes (bird behaviour, wildlife of southeast Queensland etc.), conducted research into recreational and educational activities for children, and has over the years led many voluntary activities, day excursions and camps for all ages from pre-school to adult

She is currently chair of both Wildlife Tourism Australia and the Scenic Rim branch of  Wildlife Queensland and has conducted many workshops, excursions, displays and other events on behalf of both. 

See sample of articles about Ronda (there have been many others over the years, but not online)

From January to June 2019 Ronda was sub-contracted by Prof Noel Scott (who in turn is contracted by the United Nations World Tourism Organization) for a survey of responsible wildlife tourism operations throughout Asia and the Pacific.

She recently registered Green Publications, under which she has published a book on Australian wildlife and is currently writing others

Ronda has traveled in wilderness areas of all non-polar continents, and speaks a little Spanish and a few phrases of various other languages. In addition to all things to do with wildlife and nature generally, she enjoys painting and playing piano and guitar.


Primary or sole author:
  • Green, R. J. 2020. Understanding Australia’s Wildlife: An Easy-to-Remember Overview of Australian Animals and Why They are so Different.Understanding Australia's Wildlife Green Publications, Running Creek, Queensland https://www.amazon.com.au/Understanding-Australias-Wildlife-easy-remember-ebook/dp/B08RJ4JY8K/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&qid=1609389966&refinements=p_27%3ARonda+Green&s=digital-text&sr=1-1&text=Ronda+Green
  • Green, R. J. 2020. The Future of Captive Wildlife: Useful and Enjoyable for Animals and Visitors? Chapter 6 in Bertella, G. (ed.) Wildlife Tourism Futures: Encounters with Wild, Captive and Artificial Animals https://www.multilingual-matters.com/page/detail/?k=9781845418168
  • Green, R.J. 2020. Wildlife in suburban Australia, including your own backyard. https://perfectpets.com.au/best-pet-blog/post/wildlife-in-suburban-australia-including-your-own-backyard
  • Green, R. J. , Wildlife Tourism: A Handbook for Guides, Tour Operators, Job-seekers and Business Start-ups [Kindle Edition], Amazon. Also in paperback book form.
  • Green, R. J. and Wood, P. 2015. An Australian Network of Tourism Operations involved in Wildlife Research. In Slocum, S., Kline, C. and Holden, A. (eds) Scientific Tourism: Researchers as Travellers. Routledge
  • Green, R. J. 2013. Reaching out to non-ecologists: why I got involved in wildlife tourism, Journal of Ecotourism, DOI:10.1080/14724049.2013.788655
  • Green, R. J. & Jones, D. N. 2010. Practices, needs and attitudes of bird-watching tourists in Australia. Sustainable Tobook coverurism CRC report.
  • Green, R. J. 2007. Refining the conservation management of seed-dispersing frugivores and their fruits: examples from Australia. In Dennis, A. J., Schupp, E. W., Green, R. J. and Westcott, D. W. (Eds) Seed dispersal: theory and its application in a changing world. CAB International, Wallingford, UK
  • Green, R. J. and Giese, M. 2004. The Negative Effects of Wildlife Tourism on Wildlife. In K. Higginbottom (ed.) Wildlife Tourism, Sustainable Tourism CRC
  • Green, R. J., Higginbottom, K. and Northrope, C. 2001. A Tourism Classification of Australian Wildlife. Wildlife Tourism Research Report Series No. 7, Status Assessment of Wildlife Tourism in Australia Series, CRC for Sustainable Tourism
  • Green, R. J. and Higginbottom, K.2001. The Negative Effects of Wildlife Tourism on Wildlife. Wildlife Tourism Research Report Series No. 5, Status Assessment of Wildlife Tourism in Australia Series, CRC for Sustainable Tourism
  • Green,R. J. and Catterall, C. P. 1998. The effects of forest clearing and regeneration on the fauna of Wivenhoe Park, south-east Queensland. Wildlife Research 25(6) 677 - 690
  • Green, R. J. 1995. Using frugivores for regeneration: a survey of knowledge and problems in Australia.   in J. A. Bissonette and P. R. Krausman (eds) Integrating People and Wildlife for a Sustainable Future, The Wildlife Society, Maryland
  • Green R. J. and Higginbottom, K.  2000. The effects of non-consumptive wildlife tourism on free-ranging wildlife: a review. Pacific Conservation Biology 6:183-197
  • Green, R. J. 1993. Avian seed dispersal in and near subtropical rainforests. Wildlife Research 20: 535-557
  • Green, R. J. Catterall, C. P., Jones, D. N. and Johnston, J. B. 1993. The terrestrial fauna and flora of Wivenhoe Park, South-east Queensland, and their changes following a century of pastoralism and recent dam construction. Proceedings of the Royal Society of Queensland 103: 27-46
  • Green, R. J., 1989. Problems of play: reflections on research.   Australian Primatology 4:2-3
  • Green, R. J., 1988. Protectiveness by family members towards young chimpanzees: incidental notes taken at Taronga Zoo.   Australian Primatology 3: 13-14
  • Green, R. J., Catterall, C. P. and Jones, D. N. 1988. Foraging and other behaviour of birds in subtropical and temperate suburban habitats. Emu 89: 216-222
  • Green, R. J., 1986. Native and exotic birds in the suburban habitat. In H. A. Ford and D.C. Paton (eds) The Dynamic Partnership: Birds and Plants in Southern Australia.   S. A. Government Printers
  • Green, R. J. 1984. Native and exotic birds in a suburban habitat. Australian Wildlife Research 11:181-190
  • Green, R. J. 1977. Bush Holidays and Outings in Victoria. Quartet Books, Melbourne
  • Green, R. J. 1977. Guidelines to the Preparation of Nature Trails. Australian Conservation Foundation,Melbourne

                          Tourism book (edited)Papers, chapters and books other than primary authorship:

  • Tilbrook, A. J., Baptista, J., Blache, D., Cox-Witton, K., Craddock, N., Dalziel, T., De Graaff, N., Fernandes, J., Green, R. J., Jenkins, H., Kahn, S., Kelly, D., Lauber, M., Maloney, S., Peachey, B., Rodger, I., Skuse, J., Walker, F. R., Wall, K. and Zito, S. (in press). Impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the welfare of animals in Australia. Frontiers in Veterinary Science | doi: 10.3389/fvets.2020.621843
  • UNWTO 2020 (editors and contributing authors N. Scott an d R. J. Green) Sustainable Development of Wildlife Tourism in Asia and the Pacific Sustainable Development of Wildlife Tourism in Asia and the Pacific: Good Practices and their Implications https://www.e-unwto.org/doi/abs/10.18111/9789284421572
  • Borges de Lima, I. and Green, R. J. (eds) 2017. Wildlife Tourism, Environmental Learning and Ethical Encounters: Ecological and Conservation Aspects. Springer: Geoheritage, geoparks and geotourism series
  • Butler, D. W., Green, Ronda Joy, Lamb, D., McDonald, W. J. F. AND Forster, P. I. 2007. Biography of seed-dispersal syndromes, life-forms and seed sizes among woody rain-forest plants in Australia's subtropics.     Journal of Biography 34:1736-1750
  • Catterall, C. P., Green, R. J., and Jones, D. N. 1989. The occurrence of birds in relation to plants in a subtropical city.   Australian Wildlife Research 16:289-305
  • Catterall, C. P., Green, R. J., and Jones, D. N. 1991.   Habitat use by birds across a forest suburb interface in Brisbane: implications for corridors.   In (eds. D.A. Saunders and R. J. Hobbs) Nature Conservation 2: the Role of Corridors.   Surrey Beatty and Sons, Sydney
  • Dennis, A. J., Schupp, E. W., Green, R. J. and Westcott, D. W. (Eds) Seed dispersal: theory and its application in a changing world. CAB International, Wallingford, UK
  • Higginbottom, K., Green, R. J. and Northrope, C. 2003. A framework for managing the negative impacts of wildlife tourism on wildlife. Human Dimensions of Wildlife 8: 1-24
  • Higginbottom, K. B., Green, R. J., Leiper, N., Moscardo, G., Tribe, A. and Buckley, R. 2003.  Evaluation of Organised Tourism involving Wild Kangaroos. Sustainable Tourism CRC Report
  • Higginbottom, K., Northrope, C. and Green, R. J. 2001. The Positive Effects of Wildlife Tourism on Wildlife. Wildlife Tourism Research Report Series No. 6, Status Assessment of Wildlife Tourism in Australia Series, CRC for Sustainable Tourism
  • Moran, C., Catterall, C. P., Green, R. J. and Olsen, M. F.2004. Fate of feathered fruit-eaters in fragmented forests.Pp 699-712 in D. Lunney (ed.) Conservation of Australia's Forest Fauna' (2nd edition), . Royal Zoological Society of New South Wales. Mosman, Australia
  • Moran, C., Catterall, C. P., Green, R. J. and Olsen, M. F.2004. Functional variation among frugivorous birds: implications for rainforest seed dispersal in a fragmented subtropical landscape. Oecologia 141: 584-595

    1. Recent presentations

      • Wildlife Tourism 
in the context of Climate change. UNWTO Regional Seminar on Climate Change, Biodiversity & Sustainable Tourism Development. Nadi, Fiji. June 2018

      • Wildlife Tourism: 
Balancing the Needs of Wildlife, Tourists,Operators and Residents.  Presentation at Sheraton Hotel, Sandakan, to tourism agencies and operators of Sabah, May 2018
      • Developing wildlife tourism products. Guest Lecture at Griffith University (Gold Cost campus). Part of SCA Sustainable Tourism Indonesia. November 2017
      • Self guided nature tours. Wildlife Interpretation: Into the Future. Wildlife Tourism Australia Workshop, Atherton, July 2017
      • A Playful Approach to Interpretation. Wildlife Interpretation: Enjoyable, Memorable,Meaningful. Wildlife Tourism Australia Workshop, Binna Burra. September 2016.

      • Ethical conflicts in wildlife tourism, and some problems with purist perspectives. Where The Wild Things Grow. Wildlife Tourism Australia conference, Adelaide, November 2016

      • Impacts on wildlife: minimising the negative, maximising the positive. Wildlife Tourism Australia Workshop, Grafton. October 2015

      • Tourism assisting biodiversity: how can we make it work? Wildlife Tourism: a Force for Biodiversity Conservation and Local Economies? WTA conference, September 2015, Geelong

      • Wildlife/people conflicts: how can tourism help to solve them? Wildlife Tourism: a Force for Biodiversity Conservation and Local Economies? WTA conference, September 2015, Geelong

      • Conserving biodiversity as tourism (including wildlife tourism) expands: outcomes of discussions across four wildlife tourism workshops. Best EN Think Tank, Kruger, South Africa, June 2015

      • Popularity doesn't always lead to success: why aren't there more Ficus saplings? 6Th International Frugivory and Seed Dispersal Symposium, Drakensberg, South Africa. June 2015.

      • Expanding the wildlife tourism industry while minimising negative impacts. ITSA conference, Perth. November 2014 (awarded industry prize or best presentation)

      • Global Eco Asia-Pacific, Noosa 2013 (also a 90-second presentation on the same theme as part of a panel of opinion leaders)

      • How do we make wildlife tourism exciting, involving, educational, sustainable AND affordable for guides and small businesses? Wildlife Tourism Australia workshop, Darwin 2013

      • Ten years of Wildlife Tourism Australia. Wildlife Tourism Australia workshop, Currumbin 2012
      • Wildlife tourism in Australia: the next decade Wildlife Tourism Australia workshop, Currumbin 2012

      • Wildlife Tourism: the Next Decade. Global Eco Asia-Pacific, Cairns, 2012

      • Going green without breaking the budget. Global Eco Asia-Pacific, Sydney 2011

    Ronda Joy Green, BSc (Hons)PhD
    Ronda in forest,
                        photo by Lois
    See also a sample of articles by Ronda on the internet:

    Ronda has  lectured in:
    • University (Griffith and Southern Cross): population ecology, community ecology, conservation biology, techniques for wildlife conservation, nature-based tourism
    • School for Field Studies: population ecology, community ecology, conservation biology
    • Institute of advanced education (Capricornia): animal house and field techniques, micro and macro techniques, social biology, indoor/outdoor laboratories
    • Technical and Further Education (TAFE certificate course): heritage tourism
    • Adult education (TAFE: South Brisbane and Yeronga) birdwatching and bird behaviour, wildlife of south-east Queensland
    and has presented numerous talks at conferences, symposia, workshops and public meetings

    She has illustrated a couple of books (her own books on 'Bush Holidays and Outings in Victoria' and 'Guide to the Preparation of Nature Trails' plus a National Fitness Council publication on walking trails in the Adelaide Hills) and chapters of books (The Aldinga Scrub Conservation Park : a report on its history and natural values  and An Island in suburbia : the natural and social history of Toohey Forest)

    Read a 2018 interview with Ronda here:


    Ronda on video:

    Google hangout about the 2018 wildlife tourism conference

    Sample of articles about Ronda: