Multi award winning Steve Backshall is a wildlife expert, naturalist and explorer, best know for his BBC 'Lost Land' expeditions and his love of all things 'Deadly.'
He has visited 101 countries, filmed tens of thousands of species including some new to science, is a published expert on venoms and poisons and has an encyclopaedic knowledge of wildlife gleaned from a lifetime of working with animals in the wild.
Steve is also one of the most experienced underwater presenters in the world. He has logged thousands of hours underwater, has dived with nearly a hundred species of sharks, as well as blue whales, alligators, and highly venomous sea snakes. He has dived in wrecks, in the dead of night and under ice.
Steve has been passionate about the wild world ever since he could crawl, and, growing up, counted as his best pals the animals that lived around him – from the asthmatic donkey, to the grass snakes in the manure heap! After leaving Exeter University with a degree in English and Theatre studies, Steve studied martial arts in Japan, attaining his black belt. Over the following years, Steve wrote for the Indonesian Rough Guides and, during his travels, became conversant in the local language, drank blood with uncontacted tribes, nearly got caught in fatal crossfire in riots in East Timor,and came nose to nose with Komodo Dragons!
Steve Backshall: wildlife expert, explorer, naturalist, novelist and anaconda catcher!
Armed with an idea for a television series, Steve headed out to Colombia. Living in the jungle, he wrangled snakes and ended up in a Colombian jail (through no fault of his own)! He was then taken on as National Geographic's ‘Adventurer in Residence’, producing, filming and presenting adventure and natural history programmes.
Since then Steve has circumnavigated the globe time and again, venturing into the Sinai desert , completing the Israeli paratroopers selection course, catching anacondas, vipers and cobras, and (perhaps the best job ever) making “The Ten Great Dives of the World”, for the long-running series ‘Earthpulse
In 2003, Steve moved to the BBC’s Natural History Unit, where he worked on the children's programme ‘The Really Wild Show’. The following three years were awash with wildlife highlights; sharing a beach with 75,000 nesting olive ridley turtles, having a baby mountain gorilla take him by the hand, and having a red-eyed tree frog leap into his face.
Outside of television, Steve has published several books including ‘Venom
, ‘Deadly 60
’, and ‘The Wildlife Adventurer’s Guide
’. He has also written his first fiction novel entitled, ‘Tiger Wars
’ which was published in May 2012.
Steve has also completed many endurance events; finished in the top third of the field in the Marathon Des Sables, the top ten of UK’s Tough Guy, 5th in the Welsh 1000m peaks marathon, and completed the Devizes to Westminster kayak race. Steve’s outdoor sports CV includes having climbed the sixth highest mountain in the world (Cho Oyu 8201m), and many other ascents around the globe, as well as being passionate about rock and ice climbing, all disciplines of kayaking and cycling.
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