Dave Tapper was born and raised in the south-west of Western Australia he nurtured his interest in everything outdoors and spent a number of years as a commercial fisherman working up and down the West-Australian coast eventually settling in the town of Broome.
After a number of years in the iconic pearling industry Dave completed a venomous snake handling course and began his journey as a reptile removalist and carer.
A chance encounter with the late Malcolm Douglas saw Dave start at the Malcolm Douglas Crocodile Park working with crocodiles, snakes and other reptiles for the next 12 years.
In 2018 Dave accepted the position of head of reptiles at Billabong Sanctuary in North Queensland where he gained invaluable experience working with the some of the world’s most venomous snakes.
Now back in Broome he feels his experiences have enforced a passion for educating and promoting an understanding and respect for reptiles through safe and ethical handling and husbandry.