reef authority, Len is author of the Lonely Planet Diving
and Snorkeling Australia's Great Barrier Reef and Wild
Discovery Guides Kimberley Coast, Australian
Wildlife- Roadkill, Shark Bay- Ningaloo Coast, Outback
Pathways Western Australia (assisted by Susie Bedford)
and co-author Great Desert Tracks Atlas and Guide -
with HEMA Maps.
He has two species of coral named after him for his
contributions to marine science. He regularly travels as a
field guide for luxury super yachts and as lecturer on
luxury cruise vessels.
Len has also appeared on Ushuaia TFN1-France (with Nicolas
Hulot), Discovery Channel, Fox Sports, Channel 9's award
winning Inside the Reef series (As talent and researcher)
and many news and current affairs programs. He has
written/illustrated/edited/published ten books many papers
and a chapter in a 'Coral Reef Handbook'.
Len was Chairman of Dive Queensland for two years during
which time he represented them overseas as well as
domestically, has served on the Council of the Australian
College For Seniors and chaired and been on the executive
and committee of many other organisations. At the University
of Queensland he established AustraLearn and TraveLearn and
has lectured to TAFE, university and adult educational
Len is currently an adjunct Senior Lecturer in Marine and
Tropical Biology at James Cook University.
In the field
Nicolas Hulot - Ushuaia Nature television presenter from
France - on location at the Horizontal Falls in the
Kimberley as part of a documentary shown in France. They
met again at Tijou Reef in the Far Northern Great
Barrier Reef to dive Mr Walker's Caves for sediment
sampling to see if terrestrial remains occur there - 25m
underwater - also part of the Ushuaia documentary.
Specimens from 3m depth in the sediment have been dated
at over 3 000 years and research continues..
BSc (University of
New England) - ecology and entomology
Honours year 2/3 complete - biology and
behaviour of mudskippers
MSc (James Cook Univ of Nth Qld) - Qualifying
year - coral ecology
CDE (Univ of Qld) - Certified Developer of
Cert IV - Workplace Assessment and Training
Trained AussieHost Leader
Commercial Diving - Level 2 - restricted
Recreational Diving - PADI Divemaster 111078
Advanced First Aid - Royal Life Saving Society
Honorary Associate of the University of New
England in the School of Environmental Sciences
and Natural Resource Management - 2000-2005
Adjunct Senior Lecturer James Cook University
- Marine and Tropical Biology 2007 to present
Field Guide and Lecturer for :
of New England
College for Seniors
Spirit of Freedom
- UNESCO -
Elliot Is Resort
- Channel 9
Freedom Boston USA
to/Employee of :
- James Cook
Institute of Marine Science
Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority
National Parks - Marine Parks
of New England
Planet - Pisces Publications
Barrier Reef Foundation
attended numerous personal and professional
development training programs and workshops
- details available from full cv.
Please contact Len for a copy.
Author Review :
mould of the eco-tourism book in Australia, Len Zell looks
about him and finds the world is absolutely fascinating,
then he tells us about it with zest. He also gives us his
own photographs, colourful, skilfully shot, and engrossing.
He zooms in and out, and not just with his cameras. His
approach is multi-dimensional and multi-disciplinary. His
Wild Discovery Guides on reefs, coasts, deserts and inland
Australia, are written from an informed blend of geology,
climate, human history, ecology and biology.
He waxes deeply about safety too, as his readers find as
they explore Australia for themselves. He ensures you think
and ideally know about safety in outback or underwater
experiences, specific dangers to avoid, ways to avoid
further harm to the environment or selves. (He believes
people travelling in remote areas should use the best in
And he cares passionately about the environment, now and for
the future. Not just Zell, but his expertly-informed
co-authors and associates in museums, government
departments, all committed to expanding eco-tourism
opportunities in Australia with minimal or no impact. All
this is why Zell is in demand as a guest speaker on cruise
ships, outback treks and as a consultant for documentaries.
His position as an Adjunct Senior Lecturer in Marine and
Tropical Biology at James Cook University also extends his
networks and capacities.
Zell is a prolific writer, illustrator and publisher with
more than ten books to his credits and more on the way. If
you are travelling to the areas he writes about, in most
detail eg. Australian Deserts, Ningaloo Reef, Kimberley
Coast, Shark Bay, WA's Outback Pathways, Great Barrier Reef,
and want to extract the best from your discoveries, an
investment in his books will be repaid with a heightened
experience in every respect.
In addition, the well-illustrated Wild Discovery Guides fit
neatly into backpacks, glove boxes, or any large pocket as
appropriate for their expected use. They are thoughtfully
planned, useful and practical productions, a very tasty
coverage from his own visits to the areas he loves and
shares with us.
Combine all this and his spectacular images with the astute
use of helpful maps and diagrams, including satellite
photographs, and a sense of humour of the "been-there, learn
about it and love-that" variety, and you'll soon see why the
Zell recipe for his Wild Discoevry Guides as eco-tourism
books is recasting the mould for the genre. This writer's
obvious zest is downright infectious.
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