Aussie hero Rus­sell Coight is back, bet­ter than ever. In this Q&A, he talks to Seanna Cronin about what to ex­pect in his highly an­tic­i­pated re­turn to TV and what we can do to pro­tect our nat­u­ral trea­sures

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It’s been more than a decade since out­back leg­end Rus­sell Coight was last on our screens. Fans will be glad to hear the wildlife and sur­vival ex­pert is back with a new se­ries of bush ad­ven­tures. our crocodile pet­ting zoo is not go­ing quite so well – we’re still hav­ing a few teething prob­lems. Then there’s my TV work. I’ve been pitch­ing var­i­ous ideas to the net­works. Out­back Ninja is look­ing good; con­tes­tants have to pitch a tent, rope a steer and in­sem­i­nate a cow. There’s also been a lot of in­ter­est in BootS­cootin’ With the Stars – just try­ing to con­vince Todd McKen­ney to come on board. Over the years I’ve been called many names. Ad­ven­turer, Pioneer, the De­fen­dant. How about we go with Out­back Leg­end? Id­iot city-slick­ers who don’t re­alise just how pre­cious our Aussie fauna is. I was lucky enough to re­cently have a rare species of pygmy pos­sum named af­ter me. Sci­en­tists didn’t even know this crea­ture ex­isted un­til I drove over one up in the Kim­ber­ley. It’s now known as Coigh­tus Ex­tinc­tus. Quite an hon­our. Kids are our fu­ture and I spend a lot of time try­ing to teach them ba­sic bush skills. If I come away from this se­ries with just one child know­ing how to skin a rab­bit or roll their own cig­a­rette, I will be very proud.

Fans of Rus­sell Coight's All Aussie Ad­ven­tures are in for a treat, with the dash­ing out­back hero re­turn­ing to our screens on Chan­nel 10 on Sun­day night.

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