With an infectious passion for championing the underdog, wildlife presenter Lucy Cooke is considered by some as a young David Attenborough and has garnered industry acclaim following the success of her 2014 BBC One debut, Talk To The Animals. An immersive journalist with an honest, lively and warm presenting style, Lucy has a knack for transforming audiences into animal enthusiasts.
Only wildlife presenter Lucy Cooke can make an audience of cynics go gooey over sloths (and successfully identify a resemblance between them and the Beatles).
Recipient of a prestigious National Geographic Explorer Award, Lucy’s affection for the B-list of the natural world is influential, having garnered industry acclaim following the success of her 2014 BBC One debut, Talk To The Animals—an investigation into the science of animal communication.
Considered by some as a young David Attenborough, Lucy’s blogs, films, and TV shows are inspired by the man himself. Through trademark humour and quirky storytelling, she delivers a serious message: if we only care for the best known and best loved species, crucial parts of the web of life will vanish.
In fact, her passion for sloths is so powerful that, in 2012, she won the Wildscreen Panda award for Best Popular Documentary—Meet the Sloths—whose high ratings spawned a major international series for Discovery International.
Lucy’s fascination with nature was inherited from her father. Following a childhood in the Sussex countryside, she went on to study Zoology under Richard Dawkins at Oxford University. Temporarily brushing the twigs and leaves out of her hair, Lucy began to dabble in the comedy and drama scene, resulting in her first job working for Jonathan Ross, and a later stint in writing, producing and directing science, history and travel documentaries.
Nonetheless, it was creatures with less fluff and more scale than continued to thrill her; eventually quitting her job, Lucy jumped on a plane to South America and set about to raise awareness for the plight of endangered frogs as the ‘Amphibian Avenger’.
Following the popularity of her blog with the public, The National Geographic offered Lucy her own TV series, Freaks and Creeps, so that she could continue regaling the lesser-known tales of misunderstood animals; it earned her a Wildscreen ROSCAR for the best presenter-led series at Wild Talk 2013. In the same year, she co-hosted two hours of live television on Channel 4—Easter Eggs Live.
In 2015, she presented Animals Unexpected, which explores how humans are changing the planet, and Nature’s Boldest Thieves (we’re looking at you, seagulls).
Lucy has lectured for high profile corporate and third sector clients, including ZSL, IUCN and Oxford University, as well spoken at festivals, including Hay on Wye, Port Eliot and Wilderness.
An immersive journalist who is honest, lively and warm, she leave her audiences ready to pledge allegiance to the Sloth Appreciation Society (which is now a thing, thanks to Lucy).
Her speaking topics include:
- The natural world
- How humans impact their environment