WMI’s promotion of incentive-driven conservation was controversial in the 1970’s, but with crocodiles, led to a complete recover of the wild population with the support of local people. Today sustainable use is a mainstream conservation strategy, generating economic benefits for people.
As consultants to the Northern Territory Government (1978-1997), WMI were the architects and research providers for the program that fostered a complete recovery of the wild crocodile population.
WMI were lead consultants for over a decade in the refinement of Cuba’s Hawksbill Turtle harvest program, improving sustainability, evidence-based management and research.
WMI constructed Crocodylus Park, and has operated it successfully, as one of the most significant tourist attractions and wildlife education venues in the Northern Territory, for 22 years.
WMI is often engaged to assess situations where the costs and benefits of using a wildlife or environmental resource are in dispute, with polarised proponents and political sensitivities.