Ethnologist and author
Diane began as a teacher on an Aboriginal outstation in the Northern Territory where she was also mentored on the Australian bush.
With a love of the Kakadu area, Diane worked on a research project documenting traditional resources on the South Alligator River floodplain and surrounds. She continues to live near the National Park with her family whilst also travelling Northern Australia working on botanical and fire ecology.
The bush inspires Diane to write, and it resulted in the beautiful creation of her first children’s book in 2003.
Dr Howard Ralph OAM, BVSc, MBBS, MVS
Veterinarian, doctor, and Southern Cross Wildlife Care Sanctuary founder
Howard began as a teacher in Papua New Guinea. After returning to Australia in the 1970s he became a qualified veterinarian surgeon and a doctor. His career spanned almost fifty years working at Taronga Zoo, emergency hospital departments, overseas projects, and natural disasters.
Now retired, Dr Ralph continues to volunteer his specialised skills and expertise to saving wildlife whenever needed. In 2006, he and his wife founded Southern Cross Wildlife Care, a not for profit organisation dedicated to the veterinary care of Australian native wildlife.
In June 2019 Dr Ralph was awarded the Order of Australia Medal for his dedication to conservation and the environment.