Steve Backshall is one of TV's best-known wildlife presenters and was a huge hit on BBC1's Lost Land of the Jaguar, for which he scaled a previously unexplored peak to search for new species in the jungles of Guyana.
Steve and his team made a near-death ascent of Mount Upuigma, scaling vertical rock walls as high as the Empire State Building, sleeping suspended in space. In this gripping series the team achieved their mission to find rare and undiscovered species of wildlife to prove that the Guyanan jungle needs to be protected.
Ironically, after arriving safely back in the UK, Steve unfortunately fell 10 metres from a cliff face in the Wye Valley, breaking his back and shattering his foot. Steve's latest presentations feature his extraordinary adventure into the lost Guyanan jungle, the urgent conservation issues his journey has raised and the thought-provoking lessons he's learnt from his accident.
As a TV presenter, naturalist and adventurer, Steve has travelled the globe in search of the wild, weird and wonderful. BBC programmes include some closer to home expeditions for the ever-popular The One Show, Britain's Lost World, Extreme Caving, CBBC Spring Watch, Inside Out and The Nature of Britain.
Explorations further afield include the BBC's gruelling and Emmy-nominated epic Expedition Borneo, where Steve made the first ascent of a jungle peak, and first descent into an enormous, unexplored sinkhole; Expedition Alaska, Secret Wilderness: Japan where he met giant salamanders and feisty Macaque monkeys.
As an author, Steve Backshall has written thirteen books including Wildlife Adventurer’s Guide, Ocean, The Rough Guide to: Indonesia, Southeast Asia and First-time Asia, as well as the Adventurer's Guide to Wildlife and Adventurer in Residence. He regularly writes articles for a variety of newspapers and magazines including the National Geographic Traveller Magazine.
In 2023, Steve fronted Whale with Steve Backshall for Sky TV and co-presented Our Changing Planet for BBC One.
Steve is Vice President for both The Wildlife Trusts and Buglife, and a patron for The Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust, London Wildaid and The Exotic Pet Refuge.