Dapto wildman Andrew Ucles has found the Jane to his Tarzan in a match made in survivalist TV heaven.
Ucles’ new flame is US adventurer Laura Zerra, a bow and arrow-toting expert in primitive survival techniques, whose skills have been showcased on the Discovery Channel’s extreme reality show, Naked and Afraid.
Ucles announced the union on social media earlier this month, after departing for the United States to ‘‘chase a dream’’. Zerra also took to Facebook to reveal the romance.
‘‘I finally found someone who will not only keep up, but might just give me a run for my money,’’ she wrote, referring to Ucles.
In 2013 Zerra, of New Hampshire, spent 21 days outlasting snakes and a plague of sand flies in Bocas del Toro, Panama, for an episode of Naked and Afraid.
The show chronicles the experiences of two strangers – a man and a woman – tasked with surviving sans clothing for three weeks in the wilderness, using only their wits and a single personal item each.
Zerra, who lists her passions as antler hunting, bow hunting, processing her own meat, Crossfit and horse packing, later took part in a second episode filmed in the Amazon rainforest.
The show’s formula is familiar ground for the eccentric Ucles, who spent 67 days living off feral pests during a self-imposed solo survival mission in the Australian outback in 2010.
For years Ucles – who spent much of his childhood studying bush wildlife, figuring out capture techniques, and working at a career making survivalist-style documentaries – has chronicled his adventures in YouTube clips, amassing millions of views.