Wildlife-based Ecotourism: Certifications, Guidelines, Incentives

Walt Anderson

Prescott College

Marissa Altmann has an undergraduate degree in Human Ecology and did her Master’s degree on “Wildlife-based ecotourism as sustainable conservation strategy.” She is a member of the IUCN TAPAS (Tourism and Protected Area Specialists) Biodiversity Working Group and of The International Ecotourism Society (TIES). She currently works for the Wildlife Friendly Enterprise Network, which sets Wildlife Friendly™ Tourism standards through a certification program. Walt Anderson is a professor of environmental studies at Prescott College in Arizona, as well as a professional naturalist and expedition guide. He has had first-hand experience with the explosion of wildlife-related tourism and the pros and cons of the field.  


Wildlife-based Ecotourism (WBE) is touted as a promising strategy for the tourism industry to enable some aspects of environmental sustainability. Ideally, it is environmentally and culturally sensitive, low impact,... [ view full abstract ]


  1. Marissa Altmann (Wildlife Friendly Enterprise Network)
  2. Walt Anderson (Prescott College)

Topic Areas

Topics: Engaging with the Public , Topics: Wildlife, Tourism, and Recreation , Topics: Conservation Planning and Evaluation


W-3D » Wildlife Tourism (12:30 - Wednesday, 20th September, Diamond West)

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