After 30 years filming wild and wonderful creatures in remote areas of the planet, Gordon Buchanan has a reputation for relishing dangerous and tough assignments. He has taken part in challenging expeditions and adventures around the globe including South America, Asia, Africa, Papua New Guinea, Russia and Alaska, always with a view to raising awareness of the fragility of the world’s endangered species and habitats.
In 2019, Gordon presented a two-part Christmas special, Snow Cats and Me following on from Grizzly Bear, Cubs and Me, which aired Christmas 2018 - both series documented the rehabilitation of the animals into the Russian wilderness. Gordon has presented the Family & Me series since it began in 2016 with Elephant Family and has since presented Gorilla Family & Me, Snow Wolf Family & Me, Reindeer Family & Me, as well as The Polar Bear Family & Me and The Bear Family & Me, for which he received a Royal Television Society award for his presenting work.
Gordon’s other recent productions include Equator from the Air, Life in Polar Bear Town and the highly acclaimed Tribes, Predators and Me series, all on BBC Two - and Life in the Snow and Super Cute Animals for BBC One. Notable among his recent TV credits are Wild Burma, The Dark: Nature’s Nighttime World, Land of the Lost Wolves, Lost Land of the Tiger, Lost Land of the Volcano and Lost Land of the Jaguar.
Into the Wild was another popular programme where Gordon took celebrities such as Alastair Campbell, Dermot O’Leary and Sara Cox up and close with Britain’s beautiful wildlife.
Gordon has contributed to numerous award-winning BBC, Discovery and National Geographic wildlife programmes and documentaries, resulting in an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Stirling in recognition of his outstanding services to conservation and wildlife filmmaking. He has also won the Glenfiddich Spirit of Scotland award in the environment category.
He is a spellbinding storyteller who can captivate an audience with his fund of wild and wonderful tales about the natural world, while at the same time educating and informing on topical issues. Gordon is a Patron for Environmental Justice Foundation and in 2019 he was awarded an Honorary Fellowship by the Royal Scottish Geographical Society in recognition of services to the Society and to the wider discipline of geography. He was also awarded an MBE in the New Year Honours for services to charity and wildlife conservation.
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