Aussie wildlife photographer John McQuillan was one of a handful of people to visit the Malibu farm where he was shot in July 2016, after he filmed a bull being shot by poachers.
Mr McQuiller, from New South Wales, spent six weeks in hospital after his shooting, but recovered and was named the man who shot the animal.
He said his job as a wildlife photographer was to document animals and to help people protect them.
“When I went out there to document them and I didn’t see the animals, I didn, so I thought, ‘That’s what I’m doing,'” he told Channel Nine’s 7.30 program.
“And I was actually surprised, because the bull was just there on the corner of a little alley where you wouldn’t expect it, it was very well hidden.”
Mr McQuellan said he didn’t think he would ever see the animal again.
“I think it was the best thing I’ve ever done, and it was quite a good thing I did, because it saved lives,” he said.
“It’s been a real blessing.”
Mr McMQuellans wife, Kristy, is also an artist, and he said she encouraged him to take his photos of wildlife and animals.
“She’s a very gentle person, she’s been helping me with my photography, so it’s really a blessing,” he told the program.