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TRIBUTE malcolm douglas
t somehow seems ironic that a man who worked with predators and
roamed the wilderness areas of northern Australia for more than 40
years should die as a result of a bingle between a car door and a tree
on his own property.
Many Australians were both shocked and saddened by the untimely
death of Malcolm Douglas, and there was a real sense that his passing
heralded the end of an era.
For those who grew up watching his films, Malcolm was the ‘original
crocodile hunter’. An authentic bushie, he was passionate about both
the wildlife and the environment.
His wife Valerie says that he lived life exactly how he wanted – in a way
most of us can only hope to, Malcolm was living his dream. While he was
passionate, she says he was also pragmatic and an old-fashioned sort of
person who didn’t drink, smoke or swear.
We pay tribute to Malcolm Douglas, the ‘original crocodile hunter’, for his role in the
appreciation of Aboriginal culture and the conservation of his beloved Kimberley WORDS Dale Fisher
“He was acutely aware that it is the
last pristine savannah region left in the
world, and home to many varieties of
both marine and terrestrial wildlife,
including his beloved bilbies”
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