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Steve Backshall

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TV Presenter

One of TV's best-known wildlife presenters, Steve has been passionate about the wild world ever since he could crawl. Growing up, he counted the animals that lived around him as his best pals – 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. Armed with an idea for a television series, Steve headed out to Colombia. Whilst living in the jungle he wrangled snakes and ended up in a Colombian jail (through no fault of his own)! National Geographic Channel International bought the resultant video and Steve was taken on as ‘Adventurer in Residence’, producing, filming and presenting adventure and natural history programmes.

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.

Stories read by Steve Backshall