'I never knew I could do this as a job'
National Geographic conservationist and chopper pilot Matt Wright was born for a life of action and adventure. Raised in the wilds of Far North Queensland, Papua New Guinea and outback Australia, as a child he would catch deadly snakes for fun or lizards and turtles for show and tell at school.
From his early years working in the outback to a short stint in the army, Matt's life reads like a boy's own adventure story, but he was always one to go his own way – sometimes making up the rules as he went along.
Today he is the star of his own international television show on National Geographic, a renowned outback adventurer and a wrangler of deadly animals. Giant saltwater crocodiles are a big part of Matt's story but jumping in his chopper and rounding up wild buffalo, brumbies and Brahman cattle keep him pretty busy too.
The Outback Wrangler takes you on a wild ride, where that special outback flavour of danger, adrenaline and adventure comes together in the personal stories of a unique Australian.
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Chopper pilot and dangerous animal expert Matt Wright has spent his life in the great outdoors drawn to creatures that most of us would run away from. As a child, he was raised in the wilds of Papua New Guinea and the Australian outback, where living off the land and being comfortable with animals such as deadly snakes, spiders, stampeding cattle and even sharks was simply a way of life. By the age of ten, Matt had a collection of some of Australia's most lethal animals – including three deadly King Brown snakes – living in his bedroom and was frequently in trouble at home and at school for eagerly sharing his 'pets' with his classmates and family. As an adult, his career path has seen him tackle a range of jobs that require both nerves of steel and a practical can-do attitude. He has spent time as an outback musterer (horse wrangler), oil rig worker, soldier in the Australian Army, crocodile egg collector and more recently a professional chopper pilot and instructor. Today, Matt's passions and unique skill set have turned into a career as a wildlife re-locator; tracking down, capturing and transporting a diverse range of dangerous animals including crocodiles, wild buffalo and even Polar Bears. His objective is based on the preservation of wildlife- to remove and relocate problem animals rather than kill. Working in a specific junction between the world of the wild and the world of humans, Matt's moto is- any animal, anywhere, anytime and he has plied his unique trade all over Australia as well as North America. As a chopper pilot Matt is able to access areas that would otherwise be impossible to reach; as a conservationist, he brings a unique practical skill set and a perspective based on hands-on experience and a genuine compassion.