Out­doors man goes into print

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS - Shane Ni­chols

CRAIG Ward lives in Cooya but you may strug­gle to ever spot him there.

The ex­pe­di­tion leader and wildlife author is about as elu­sive as some of the an­i­mals he tracks.

The English­man started out, like many who come to FNQ he says, as a div­ing in­struc­tor, and his job soon turned into a ca­reer that now takes him all over the globe.

Gain­ing a zool­ogy de­gree some years ago set Craig up to be more than a reef boat guy or field guide.

His 12-year-old com­pany, Savare, is an ex­pe­di­tion con­sul­tant to industry, but he also runs his own char­ters.

“We are about bi­ol­ogy ed­u­ca­tion and con­ser­va­tion,” he says.

He has just re­turned from Alaska, pho­tograph­ing bears, and re­cently led a bunch of re­tired aca­demics, mostly bi­ol­o­gists, on a trip through Ko­modo Na­tional Park in In­done­sia.

Ev­ery “sea­son” he takes peo­ple through the Kim­ber­leys.

Some­how in be­tween his sched­ule of ex­pe­di­tions he has found time to write a book, “Eter­nal En­demism”, which is be­ing launched this week, first at the Moss­man Li­brary to­day (Nov 5) and then at the Wildlife Habi­tat on Satur­day af­ter­noon – with other au­thors — and then at the While­away at 6pm.

It’s Craig’s first na­ture book, and it re­lied on con­tri­bu­tions from other wildlife pho­tog­ra­phers as well as his own pho­tos. “The ap­proach we’ve taken here very much lends it­self to a se­ries,” he says.

So he’s plan­ning sev­eral more books – on the Kim­ber­leys and south-east Asia, and he hopes in all to pro­duce five “in the not too dis­tant fu­ture”.

Judg­ing by the first, they will make fine con­tri­bu­tions to our un­der­stand­ing of im­por­tant ecol­ogy, es­pe­cially Craig says, in teach­ing young peo­ple about wildlife.”

Craig Ward, ex­pe­di­tion leader

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