Nick Mooney is an Australian conservationist, biologist, writer, wildlife expert, and ecological educator best known for his work with the Tasmanian Devil. In addition to efforts to learn about the diseases facing and threatening the Devil population, Nick also educates farmers about the benefits they provide. Nick has been involved in studying and managing Tasmania's wildlife for over 30 years in his capacity as wildlife manager at DPIPWE. Starting as a raptor specialist doing peregrine surveys, he diversified into seabird research, marsupial carnivores and invasive species, plus whale rescues. At times, his life reads like a boy's own adventure story. He really did work as an iguana catcher Venezuela, all in the name of science of course. The job was offered mainly because he was known for being a very good tree climber!
Nick has also been involved with government efforts to search for the elusive, and some believe extinct, Tasmanian Tiger, and to protect Tasmania from foxes. He is a keen educator and hopes to increase public appreciation of wildlife through training and guiding. He left his position with the Tasmanian Government in 2009 and has since worked as a specialist guide with us at Inala Nature Tours on a regular basis. He has also participated in a number of expeditions, including studies on Macquarie Island in Antarctic waters, and for many years lecturing on marine mammals and seabirds while guiding and driving zodiacs in Antarctica.
In 2006 Mooney received an Australian of the Year Local Hero award.