Biography: about Craig Doria

Craig DoriaCraig was born in South Africa in 1962 and spent boarding school vacations in rural KwaZulu Natal in a hunting and outdoors environment. He schooled at Kearsney College in Natal and went on to complete a B.A degree at the University of Natal.

After university he worked for a year as a student ranger for the Natal Parks Board and then on a game ranch. Craig then went back to University to obtain a Higher Diploma of Education and later an Honours degree specializing in Environmental Education.

After some years working on Conservation Education Projects in Northern KwaZulu Natal, Craig and his wife moved to Zambia where they spent over ten years in Luangwa Valley. In Zambia, Craig worked as a professional guide and professional hunter under the guidance of the well known conservationist Norman Carr and his son Adrian Carr. Later, he became a partner in the highly regarded company, Norman Carr Safaris.

During this time he was instrumental in setting up and running a successful anti poaching unit that assisted the National Park authorities and was rewarded with Honorary Rangers status for his efforts. This anti poaching unit has since grown into a large externally funded programme and is often used as an example of what can be achieved with dedication. Craig was also an examiner on the Safari Guides Licensing program which started in the Luangwa Valley and was such a success that it was adopted for the whole country.

Craig moved to Tanzania with his family in 2001 to work for one of the most prestigious safari companies in Africa, Ker and Downey Tanzania. This company included under its umbrella another highly regarded company Tanzania Game Tracker Safaris. During this time Craig continued to guide many successful safaris to the highest standard on the continent.

He was also manager of The Friedkin Conservation Fund, a non-government organization associated with Ker and Downey and TGT. The fund makes use of income generated by both photographic and hunting safaris to outfit and operate fourteen anti poaching teams in Game Reserves; and to work with the communities that surround these Game Reserves.

In addition to his general Natural History experience, Craig specializes in the study of snakes and has written two reference books on the subject. The second book has become the definitive guide to the snakes of Zambia. In Tanzania he has been active in collecting DNA samples of snakes for research taking place at Bangor and Oxford Universities. He has also authored several journal and magazine articles on education and conservation; hunting; and the outdoors

Craig has, over the years, guided a number of specialist safaris such as a film crew for Discovery Channel, a National Geographic team, a photographic modeling shoot, university alumni groups, zoo directors groups and a well known wildlife artist. Craig currently sits on the Executive Committee of the Tanzanian Professional Hunters Association and is a member of Professional Safari Guides East Africa, The Tanzanian Professional Hunters Association, African Professional Hunters Association and the Game Rangers Association of Africa.

Craig continues to guide full time with Ker & Downey (Tz) as the outfitter for all his safaris.