Outdoors man goes into print
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