Australian Wildlife Services focuses on:
- developing wildlife industries and tourism opportunities that support conservation
- integrating traditional knowledge and wildlife science into the management of Indigenous and Aboriginal land
- management of feral animals and kangaroos to deliver carbon credits under the ‘Carbon Farming Initiative
- veterinary wildlife services including animal capture with tranquiliser guns
- wildlife population assessment, particularly using the AWS aircraft
- wildlife-based ecotourism and wildlife tours
- setting of strategic research priorities particularly in natural resource and wildlife management
AWS is led by Dr George Wilson who has more than 40 years experience in wildlife management, aerial survey, tourism, strategic policy analysis, and research program management.
Dr Wilson is an Honorary Professor at the Australian National University, Fenner School of Environment and Society and is a Senior Visiting Fellow at the University of New South Wales, Institute of Environmental Studies. Some projects are conducted in collaboration with these institutions. He was previously Assistant Secretary / General Manager in Federal Government Bureau of Resource Sciences at level of Senior Principal Research Scientist.
AWS has in-house expertise in:
- aerial surveys and photography
- GIS mapping and analysis, Cybertracker software to track of sightings and populations, and map their location
- use of tranquiliser guns and capturing of animals
- veterinary diagnostic sciences
- vegetation surveys and soil science
- fauna surveys including using pitfall traps, bird calls, nocturnal birds, reptile and mammal surveys
- data management and strategic analysis
- computing and design
- report and plan preparation.
AWS current and recent clients include Indigenous communities and agricultural landholders, zoos, research and development corporations, NRM bodies, government and environmental agencies.
We have extensive networks in wildlife science, agriculture, conservation and natural resource management.