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Vale Malcolm Douglas
The National Australia Day Council pays tribute to Australian wildlife expert Malcom Douglas, who died in an accident today at his Broome wildlife park.
Malcolm was a finalist for the WA Senior Australian of the Year 2009 in recognition of a lifetime's work in wildlife conservation and educating people about Australia's diverse flora and fauna and wild landscape.
As a natural history filmmaker Malcolm earned respect and a wide following with documentaries about the wonders of the Australian wilderness and its inhabitants. He screened his first movie in the Perth Town Hall and 40 years later still fascinated people worldwide with his films. Among the Gudadja tribesmen of the Great Sandy Desert Malcolm was known as a ‘white fella bush man,’ a title he earned after placing second in a spear-throwing contest. In 1983, he established Crocodile Park, a research centre that is home to one of Australia’s finest display of crocodiles. Over the years Malcolm educated the public about the environment and tried to save it from destruction. He campaigned against mining and exploration proposals and for World Heritage protection in the Kimberley region, urging Australians to help preserve this pristine wilderness.
We salute a champion of Australia's natural environment.
Our thoughts are with Malcolm's family and friends at this time.