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Chris Malam
Chris Malam
Sanctuary
Mallee CliffsThe Pilliga
Position
Field Ecologist
Special skills / qualifications
Honours Degree (Conservation Biology) – Habitat suitability modelling of Southern Brush-tailed Rock-wallabies (Petrogale penicillata) in the Grampians National Park and Black Range State Park.

A member of the Ancient Order of the Wombat Catchers, as well as the A-team of sea turtle catchers!
What did you do before AWC?
Prior to taking on the role of Field Ecologist, I worked as an Interpretation Officer at the Mornington & Charnley River-Artesian Range Sanctuaries, and before that as a southwest region Intern.
I have also worked for several universities, government and conservation organisations on various research programs and nature interpretation roles.
Favourite animal protected by AWC
Woylie (Bettongia penicillata) – it was a very special experience to live among, and observe these curious and charismatic critters at Karakamia.
Favourite place on an AWC sanctuary
There are so many wonderful places on every Sanctuary…particularly special to me are: Grevillea Gorge (Charnley River-Artesian Range), Lady Gorge (Mornington) and the jetty (Faure Island).
Top three animals you would like to see (or have seen) in the wild
Monjon (Petrogale burbidgei), Leatherback Sea Turtle (Dermochelys coriacea), Tenkile (Dendrolagus scottae)….and every other animal too, observing it in its natural environment.
If you could visit any three places on the planet
I would love to experience the spectacular landscapes and wondrous diversity of Antarctica, Papua New Guinea and South America.
Other interesting stuff
I like to think that EVERYTHING I do is interesting…otherwise there is not much point doing it!