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Fauna Spotter Catcher Update

Craig Adams - Wednesday, July 02, 2014

Another successful SSSAFE Fauna Spotter Catcher training course was conducted in May.  This nationally accredited training program is unique.  Of course, we focus on animal handling and husbandry techniques but the real thrust of the training is Risk Management! Fauna Spotter Catchers play a critical role in the mining and construction environment, where clear-headed sound judgment is essential.  The stakes can be very high and safety is paramount!  Catching wild animals can be dangerous and once fear and adrenalin kick-in things can easily spiral out of control.  The FSC must learn to remain calm and in control of any wildlife emergencies but also consciously aware of the inherent dangers of the work site.  A high level of situational awareness is essential and this is why good FSC's are also good Risk Managers.  Exposure to a range of animals in the Zoo environment provides an absolutely unique training context to prepare the trainee for this challenging and rewarding occupation.

Keep your head tucked in tight. The emus feet are weapons! 

Goannas pose a serious threat to the inexperienced FSC.

Trainee demonstrating the correct technique.

The correct way to grasp a sugar glider.

Participant safety is taken very seriously.

Kitted out and good to go!

About the Author - Craig Adams

Craig is a venomous snake expert and former Operations Manager for the Australian Reptile Park. With his wife Jackie, Craig has travelled to remote areas of Australia in search of venomous snakes and spiders for inclusion in the Reptile Park's venom collection program for scientific purposes and for the collection of new data on endangered species. Craig has featured in numerous National Geographic and Discovery Channel programs on the world's most venomous creatures. He worked alongside Steve Irwin as a consultant on his film "Oceans' Deadliest" and continues to work periodically with Steve's best friend John Stainton in an advisory and "to camera" role. Together with Jackie, he has also starred in numerous other television, print media and documentary films and is acknowledged by his peers as the "go to" person in this field.

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