About

So many caiman
Me with some Caiman yacare
in Brasil’s pantanal

Stewart Macdonald

I’ve been interested in obsessed with reptiles ever since I moved out to Australia from England. I have a particular soft spot for snakes, but all reptiles, and indeed all animals, interest me. I run this site to indulge two of my interests – reptiles and technology. I graduated with a Bachelor of Science (Wildlife and Marine Biology) from the University of Queensland and then completed post-graduate research in crocodilian biomechanics and muscle activation, also at UQ.

Bush Heritage Australian logo

 

Kiva logo

My favourite charity is Bush Heritage Australia. They raise funds to purchase, manage and conserve large tracts of land across Australia. Private conservation organisations such as Bush Heritage will be the future of conservation in Australia. Bush Heritage manage some properties that contain awesome reptile habitat, like Ethabuka Station in the Simpson Desert.

Overseas, I ‘donate’ to microfinance organisations through Kiva. Kiva provides a way for people to lend small amounts of money to entrepreneurs in developing countries. For example, you, along with 19 other people, can lend $25 to a woman in Peru with a business idea. She can use that $500 of capital to start her business and thereby make a living for the rest of her working life. She’ll pay the money back over the course of a year, after which you can lend the $25 to someone else. Technically this isn’t donating, since the money is paid back. But by forfeiting the interest you would have earned on that $25 over the course of a year, you can help make a difference for someone else on the other side of the globe.

Marty the Mammoth, the Ug Media mascot
Marty the Mammoth from Ug Media

A major interest of mine is wildlife photography, with reptiles obviously being frequent subjects. You can have a look at some of my photos on my Flickr site. Most of my pics on Flickr have made an appearance on this blog at some point.

To contact me, email me at stewart @ stewartmacdonald.com.au or leave a comment on a post.

4 Responses to About

  1. Rod White says:

    H Stewart, I was watching Austin Stevens this morning and he was bitten several times by a brown tree snake – are they poisonous?

    He was talking about the threat of the cane toad – have you been involved in trying to get rid of the cane toads?

    Best wishes, Rod

  2. Hi Rod,

    They’re mildly venomous, but generally nothing to be concerned about. I haven’t personally been involved in any cane toad research, but a few of my friends and colleagues are.

    Stewart

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