Ronda Green, PhD
Professional tour guide in Australia
As a zoologist I've conducted ecological and behavioural research for many years, especially on forest and woodland birds, habitat modification, and native seed dispersal by animals, and lectured in populaton and conservation ecology and conservation biology. I've also run a holiday farm, worked in various aspects of ...(read more)nature interpretation for all ages, and now run my own tour operation (Araucaria Ecotours) and am developing a wildlife information centre and nature trails on our home property, (which has rainforest and wild platypus, wallabies and other wildlife). I'm currently chair of both Wildlife Tourism Australia and the Scenic Rim branch of the Wildlife Preservation Society of Queensland. I also conduct fauna surveys and other environmental consultancies, and have published several reports on wildlife tourism for the Sustainable Tourism CRC.
Being alone in natural areas (forests, outback, coral reefs etc.), also sharing nature experiences with others, traveling to experience different cultures and ecosystems, the challenge of hypothesis testing, reading about nature, philosophy, psychology and other topics, classical and popular music, being with animals (domestic and wild),relaxing with family, painting, puzzles and logic games, writing
My perfect day
Knowing my family and pets are safe so I can relax on that, exploring interesting places, seeing wild animals (whether platypus at home or elephants in Kruger National Park), meeting nice people but also having some alone time, maybe a little swimming or horse-riding, and finally sleeping either in a comfortable bed listening to natural sounds outside (frogs, waves etc.) or in a hammock under the stars
I have traveled to
South Africa, Malaysia, China, Korea, Indonesia, Japan, Canada, USA, Guatemala, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Brazil, Argentina, New Zealand, Fiji, England, France, Germany, Poland, Italy and the Netherlands
English (mother tongue) and a little Spansih and French, plus a few phrases of other languages
I am currently
Running Araucaria Ecotours, mostly birdwatching or other wildlife tours, picking up from Brisbane (standard tours and customized), visiting rainforests, other forests and woodlands, coastal habitats and outback. Also conducting research on birds and other animals that disperse native seeds, conducting fauna surveys (currently looking at wildlife along a proposed CSG pipeline), writing a couple of books, and chairing WIldlife Tourism Australia and Scenic Rim WIldlife.
Learn how Australia's wildlife came to be so different from other countries, explore WOrld Heritage rainforest, other forests and woodlands, wetlands, mountain streams, mangroves, rocky and sandy shores and a wildlife park dedicated to conservation breeding. Seek wildlife platypus, kangaroos, wallabies, koala, bandicoots, fruitbats, dolphins, forest and wetland birds, goannas (monitors), pythons, frogs, intertidal animals, butterflies and other wildlife. Camp in primitive campground (tents etc. provided) or upgrade to bed-and-breakfast or cabin accommodation if available
Travel about a quarter the way across the continent in a 4WD to the 'fir dinkum' (genuine) outback - red sands, red magaroos, plenty of parrots, emus, Major Mitchell Cockatoos and varying outback habitats. Camp one night in tents or under the stars, other nights in motels, small country pubs or cattle station with great birdlife. A lot of driving first and last days.
Overall guest satisfaction
When viewing wildlife, we try to always leave them doing whatever they were doing when we first see them. Even when animals such as the kangaroos in the photo (having come from the forest to graze on a local gold course) are fairly accustomed to humans, we approach carefully, walking past them rather than straight towards them, no sudden movements or loud noises. Even one serious disturbance co... (read more)