Eco Tourism and Initiatives
The Wildlife Habitat, Port Douglas is committed to environmental sustainability through the
education of visitors to the Wet Tropics Region and the effective use of resources.
the Wildlife Habitat received Advanced Eco-Tourism accreditation through the Eco-Tourism
Association of Australia (EAA). This accreditation is used for products to highlight their
commitment to providing a quality EcoTourism experience that has minimal impact on the
In gaining Advanced Ecotourism Accreditation, the EAA requires the Wildlife Habitat to :
· Contribute to conservation of biodiversity
· Sustain the wellbeing of local people
· Include and interpretation and educational experience
· Involve responsible action on the part of tourists and
the tourism industry
Did you know...
· The Wildlife Habitat, Port Douglas is also the Wet Tropics Information
· The Wildlife care centre cares for over 300 injured sick or orphaned
animals each year.
· The land where the Park stands used to be a degraded cane farm.
· Was the first sanctuary to successfully breed in captivity the rare Black
Necked Stork and Lumholtz Tree Kangaroo.
Environmental Commitments in place at the Wildlife
· Responsible waste disposal: Waste oils are disposed in
recycle bins, grease trap is regularly maintained. Only
biodegradable products are released down drains and
spillways. Where applicable, biodegradable products are
purchased. Kitchen oil waste is contained, collected and
recycled as an additive in biodiesel manufacture at
· Good water management: Water is recycled to irrigate
maximum area in park, and hot water usage is
minimised. Water system is backwashed regularly and
timing of recycle pump is phased with aerator. No hoses
or taps are left on unattended. Effluent and bore water is used for irrigation in non public areas and koala
· Contribution to conservation: Birds have been used in
research trials to gain information and help scientists
develop different strategies to deal with the endangered
Cassowary. Recent successful Lumholtz's Tree
Kangaroo breeding program has promoted awareness
of the plight of this endangered species.
· Energy conservation: Lighting is reduced where
possible, timers are utilised, and use of air conditioning
is kept to a minimum.
· Recycling systems for aluminium, glass, paper and
cardboard. Recycled packaging is used throughout the
· Native animal products are NOT acceptable for sale or
· Local products/services are used wherever possible.
· Desert Cube waterless urinal product is used as a water
saving measure and is clean, hygienic and includes
microbes to breakdown odours.
· Scrap paper is recycled in animal enclosures and Wildlife care centre.
· Rats are bred onsite to feed carnivorous reptiles and birds.