‘Here it is at last, another first for Australia: the do-it-yourself
crocodile-catching manual for aspirants to the Return to Eden
school of Vengeance.
First: Catch the croc……this is a matter-of-fact program
from outback adventurer Malcolm Across the Top Douglas.
Once hunter, Douglas is now a conservationist with a respect for
salt and freshwater crocodiles that verges at times on affection.
This is despite the fact that reptiles, which have inhabited the
planet for over 150 million years, have been slow to develop the
attributes and personality traits which make some creatures endearing
As an eloquent video naturalist, Douglas has all the attributes-right
down to the red kelpie-that should make him a cert with car-makers
anxious to flog their four-wheel-drive toys. Manhandling rotting
carcasses and crawling in hands and knees through mangrove swamps.
When it comes down to the nitty-gritty, Douglas is very gritty
indeed-tough as teak and totally dedicated to providing sanctuary
and breeding facilities for the reptiles at the reserve he has
set up near Broome.
Viewers who dine early on Saturdays would do well to avoid the
documentary, if it coincides with their evening meal. Scenes of
putrid chunks of wallaby and heiffer disappearing into cavernous
jaws are not conducive to appetite (nor good table manners).
Malcolm Douglas deserves our admiration for his efforts to save
a dangerously depleted species from the dual threats of greed
and ignorance. As such-and for its simple honesty-his film deserves
a wide audience.