Mark Carwardine

Mark Carwardine is a zoologist, an active and outspoken conservationist, an award-winning writer, a TV and radio presenter, a widely published wildlife photographer, and a magazine columnist. 

He has co-presented two BBC TV series (Last Chance to See, with Stephen Fry, in 2009, and The Museum of Life, in 2010) as well as several one-hour shows for the BBC. He also presented BBC Radio 4’s weekly half-hour programme, Nature, for many years. He has written more than 50 books, including several best-sellers, is a Contributing Editor of Wanderlust magazine and writes a provocative conservation column in BBC Wildlife magazine. 

Mark was Chairman of the Judging Panel of the prestigious Veolia Environment Wildlife Photographer of the Year Competition for seven years (2005-2011) and co-founded several wildlife tour companies, including Wild Oceans, Discover the World and Ocean Wanderers. 

He now leads the occasional wildlife or wildlife-photography holidays, which are hugely popular. Mark devotes considerable time to raising funds and awareness for conservation, shouting loudly about critical issues, and working in an official (but voluntary) position for several different charities.

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Can secret agents stop the ivory trade?

Going undercover with the Lusaka Agreement Task Force on the Kenya-Tanzania border highlights the ongoing hazards of a very old problem

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The other Burma dilemma: pros and cons of conservation

Deciding where – and how – funding for wildlife preservation is placed is fraught with pitfalls, as a trip to Alaungdaw Kathapa National Park shows

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Wildlife may be unpredictable, but this is becoming a habit

Blame climate change. Blame tourism. But now the wildlife are taking holidays of their own, says Mark Carwardine

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As one river dolphin dies out, can we still save the others?

We must learn from the extinction of the ‘goddess of the Yangtze'

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Iceland: back to the land of fire and ice

For those who haven't been, visiting this European island more than 50 times may seen masochistic – but then it's unlike anywhere else on earth

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An unforgettable encounter in the Impenetrable Forest

Meeting mountain gorillas in Uganda may not only be an extraordinary experience - it may be their best chance for survival

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Wildlife in Antarctica

Bitterly cold, extreme and astonishing – at every turn the inhabitants and sights at the southern hemisphere are awe-inspiring

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Bask force

At times heavier than an elephant and more than 10 metres long, seeing a basking shark is an unforgettable underwater experience

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Can handicrafts save Mongolia's snow leopards?

An innovative programme is rewarding Sagsai herdsmen for not killing endangered snow leopards. Mark Carwardine went along to see how it works

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Whale-watching in the Maldives

A tourist trap doesn't sound like the best place for whale- and dolphin-watching – but it is, says Mark Carwardine

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Earning your stripes

Russia's Siberian Tiger is slowly recovering from near-extinction, thanks to the David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation. Mark Carwardine finds out more

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If you go down to the woods today...

Want to go bear-spotting? You don't need to travel far to see these magnificent creatures - Romania, in fact, says Mark Carwardine

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Remember the 80s? Let's save the whale again

The decision to resume commercial whaling needs to be fought with real vigour, says Mark Carwardine

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Waiting for walruses

Bowhead whales in Canada, commercial whaling in Iceland and great white sharks off Mexico get Mark Carwardine all animated

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Norway's Arctic Circle

What's better than whale watching? Jumping in among them while they guzzle a shoal of herring, says Mark Carwardine

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Mark Carwardine's seven wonders

Mark Carwardine looks back over his seven favourite wildlife experiences - and his newest is the Galápagos Islands

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Florida foxtrot

Mark Carwardine says manatees are 'among the friendliest animals on earth'. He should know: they keep hugging him

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Bamboo stalks and panda poo

Stalking pandas in China is a damp, yet fulfilling adventure - even in you don't find any, reckons Mark Carwardine

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Urban wildlife

Sometimes you don't have to travel far to find fabulous wildlife. In Monterey, California, it's right in the heart of the city

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'My Galápagos rescue plan', Mark Carwardine

Mark Carwardine finds the Galápagos Islands as rewarding as ever, but now far busier than is good for them

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South Africa's celebrity black rhino

Wildlife expert Mark Carwardine makes a new friend in South Africa

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The way we were

In terms of wildlife, Hungary is just like southern England used to be - untouched, varied and utterly charming

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A wild life in the urban jungle

Wildlife and concrete are rarely a happy mix

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South Africa's big six?

Wildlife writer, photographer and broadcaster Mark Carwardine asks whether it's time South Africa's whales joined the BIG list

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A walk on the wild side

Anyone can walk with lions, says wildlife expert Mark Carwardine, but the pros don't get eaten

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Zambia’s mass bat migration: top secret – but for how long?

Award-winning wildlife writer, photographer and broadcaster Mark Carwardine ponders how long this top sight will stay secret for

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Stephen Fry – an endangered species?

Mark Carwardine discovers the Amazon isn't so 'arlmess while on location for his latest TV programme

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Kenya needs you!

Too few safaris-goers is as bad as too many, laments wildlife expert and TV presenter Mark Carwardine

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Wildlife facts: did you know...?

Mark Carwardine shares some interesting, wonderful, and surprising facts about nature’s most iconic animals, from his new book Ultimate Wildlife Experiences

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8 ways for an underwater safari

Done lions, tigers and bears? Try turtles, sharks and penguins. Some of the world's most thrilling wildlife encounters await you – so grab a snorkel and dive in

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Mark Carwardine's 5 ultimate wildlife experiences

The wildlife expert and TV presenter reveals his favourite wildlife experiences – and how you can have them too

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5 essential photography tips for wildlife images

World-renowned naturalist, TV presenter and photographer Mark Carwardine explains five simple rules to take great wildlife shots

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Mark Carwardine's top 5 birding experiences

Wildlife expert, author and Wanderlust contributor Mark Carwardine reveals his favourite worldwide birdwatching spots

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Where to find wild dolphins & whales in Britain

Whale watching... in Britain? No, your eyes aren't deceiving you: the UK's waters are home to lots of whales and dolphins. Here's where to find them...

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Spirited away: Spirit Bears in Canada’s Great Bear Rainforest

Mark Carwardine embarks on a mission to spot the near-white spirit bears in Canada's Great Bear Rainforest in Victoria, British Columbia

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Hummingbird spotting in Arizona

Wanderlust's wildlife expert Mark Carwardine gives a whole new meaning to feeding the birds while spotting hummers in Arizona

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Alaska: a wild state

Mark Carwardine goes for a paddle in Alaska and comes face-to-face with bears as he explores the wilder side of a wild state

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Blowing with the blues

Mark Carwardine has a whale of a time in Mexico

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Living the life Aquatic

Swimming with whales is priceless, says Mark Carwardine

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Bunking down with the bears in Nunavut, Canada

Northern Canada's wilderness is one of the best places to see bears frolicking in their own pristine, snow-drizzled habitat

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Antarctica Travel Blueprint: 3 unmissable trips

Populated only by crashing bergs and vast colonies of honking, splashing, waddling wildlife, the white continent is one of the planet's most incredible places. Plan a responsible visit with our blueprint guide

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One perfect hour with Uganda's mountain gorillas

In an extract from his latest book, zoologist and TV presenter Mark Carwardine describes the unique frisson of meeting mountain gorillas

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Wildlife encounters in Antarctica

The scale and magnificence of Antarctica has powerful magnetism - and a wildlife encounter here will never disappoint...

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