Vale Paul Oliver

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Subject: Vale Paul Oliver
From: Steve Clark <>
Date: Tue, 12 Oct 2021 14:51:15 +1100
Some of the old-timers on birding-aus will remember the occasional 
contributions from Paul Oliver.  Paul grew up in the UK and went touring in 
Africa in his 20s.  As often happens in Africa, something bit him and he stayed 
to settle in Arusha Tanzania.  He was a pioneer in the modern safari industry 
and developed from scratch one of the best camps in Tanzania - Oliver’s Camp in 
Tarangire National Park.  He ran birding safaris for people from all over the 
world and had a great reputation as a naturalist and teacher to many native 
Tanzanians.  He met his partner Lala - an Australian - and has spent many years 
since “with one foot in Tanzanian and the other in Australia”.  His Australia 
home was in Far North Qld (Kuranda I think).

I met Paul when my wife and I went to Arusha to live in March 2020 and he 
offered us a house to rent.  We found ourselves in a blissfully peaceful oasis 
of native trees, full of birds.  The house was quirky (like the owner) and had 
lots of beer and wine bottles embedded in the walls and bits of old landrovers 
scattered around as structural features.  Paul arrived prior to a safari and we 
quickly became mates as he was very generous with his local birding knowledge 
and vast number of stories of the Tanzanian bush.  He amazingly let me look 
after his excellent library of African natural history books.

Unfortunately he also arrived with a gut ache which, after many tests in three 
countries, turned out to be cancer.  He returned to live in the UK for 
treatment and enjoyed a year or so looking for the birds and wild places of his 
youth.  Sadly Paul passed away yesterday.  He was just 65.

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