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Robert Harold Bredl (born 18 July 1950) in Renmark, South Australia is an Australian documentary film-maker, a reptile specialist and owner of the "Blue Planet Wildlife Park" (near Airlie Beach, Queensland). He became known through his many documentaries, such as "Killer Instinct" (53 episodes), "Deadly Predators" (10 episodes), as well as "The Barefoot Bushman" series (8 episodes). His documentaries are being shown on TV stations in more than 45 countries worldwide. Rob's documentaries have so far been translated into 36 languages. His best known documentary "Kissing Crocodiles" is being shown in over 100 countries worldwide on Discovery Channel and National Geographic.
Rob Bredl's parents were Austrian migrants. Rob was catching crocodiles with his father and brothers even as a child (in the Northern Territory). He attracts crocodiles by hitting the water's surface repeatedly with a stick. His father Josef was a hunter in Austria and found a job as a crocodile hunter after he arrived in Australia. This job took him and his family to the Northern Territory. In later years, Josef Bredl became known as one of the best snake experts and catchers. The Bredl's python (Morelia bredli) was named after him.
His realisation of the quickly diminishing numbers of crocodiles was part of the reason for the Australian Government ban on hunting and killing crocodiles. As there were only about 2,000 crocodiles left at the time, Josef Bredl started to breed them.
Josef, his oldest son Joe and Rob established a crocodile farm at the Edward River Station on the Cape York peninsula in Queensland. With the help of local Aboriginals they caught crocodiles for the next 10 years for breeding purposes. Many of the bred animals were then released into the wild.
In his documentaries Rob Bredl introduces a large variety of Australian Outback animals.
Rob Bredl got his nickname "barefoot bushman" because he has the habit of getting around barefoot, both at home and in the bush, even if he is out catching crocodiles.
The oldest and original Bredl Zoo "Bredl's Wonder World of Wildlife" is located in Renmark - South Australia. His Barefoot Bushman Wildlife Park "Blue Planet" is located near Airlie Beach, near the Whitsunday Islands in North Queensland . The latest project of the Bredl family is located about 50km south of Airlie Beach at Midge Point. Bredl's Blue Planet is a wildlife sanctuary in which animals in the wild can be observed on 175 acres. A huge lake and the untouched nature are to give the impression of a mini Kakadu National Park.