Zoologist MARK CARWARDINE was born in England in 1959. He co-presented the BBCTV series Last Chance to See with Stephen Fry and is currently filming a new BBC-TV series called The Museum of Life. He also presented the weekly half-hour programme, Nature, on BBC Radio 4 for many years (as well as numerous other miniseries for Radio 4). An award-winning writer and best-selling author, he has written more than 50 books on a variety of wildlife, travel and conservation subjects – including the original Last Chance to See, with Douglas Adams. He writes a monthly column in BBC Wildlife magazine and is Contributing Editor of Wanderlust magazine. A widely published photographer, Mark has been Chairman of the Judging Panel for the prestigious Wildlife Photographer of the Year Competition since 2005. He worked for several international conservation organizations (the World Wide Fund for Nature, in England; the United Nations Environment Programme, in Kenya; and the World Conservation Union, in Switzerland) before going freelance in the mid-1980s. Mark is an active and outspoken conservationist, spending a lot of time raising funds and awareness for endangered species.
For more information: www.markcarwardine.com and www.bbc.co.uk/lastchancetosee.
‘Mark Carwardine will climb mountains, ford streams and penetrate steamy malaria infested swamps just for one glimpse of an animal. Not only that, but he will encourage, belabour and enthuse any large, sweaty unwilling companions who happen to be lumbering at his side wishing there were better phone signals and air-conditioning available.’
Fellow explorer STEPHEN FRY