Lucy Cooke
  • NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC EXPLORER
  • TED TALKER
  • BEST-SELLING AUTHOR
  • AWARD-WINNING TV PRODUCER & PRESENTER
  • ZOOLOGIST

A bit more about Lucy

OXFORD WITH DAWKINS

Lucy studied zoology under Richard Dawkins at New College, Oxford where she specialised in evolution and animal behaviour. Lucy is a passionate conservationist and a champion of species that are often misunderstood. Her style is immersive and insightful yet unashamedly populist: mixing rigorous science with great story-telling and her irreverent humour to reach the widest possible audience.

BEST SELLING AUTHOR

Lucy’s latest book The Unexpected Truth About Animals is published by Black Swan in the UK and was short-listed for the prestigious Royal Society Science prize (2018). In the US it is published by Basic Books under the title The Truth About Animals and was long-listed for the AAAS/Subaru SB&F Prize.

Described by Nature as “[A] deeply researched, sassily written history of ‘the biggest misconceptions, mistakes and myths we’ve concocted about the animal kingdom,’ spread by figures from Aristotle to Walt Disney.”

The book has received rave reviews globally and is currently being translated into 18 languages.

LIVE BROADCASTING

Lucy is an experienced live broadcaster. In 2018 she joined the Springwatch team on BBC2, as a roving reporter and co-hosting the live broadcast. The same year she also co-hosted The Beach Live (nominated for a Broadcast award in 2019) with historian Dan Snow (BBC4) and was one of the presenters on the ambitious Easter Eggs Live (Channel 4)

Lucy’s far-reaching knowledge and quick wit has seen her pitted against the great Chris Packham as his opposing team captain on the BBC2 natural history quiz show Curious Creatures. In 2019 Lucy can be seen flexing her animal expertise in the US on the new Animal Planet series Nature’s Strangest Mysteries: Solved as well as encouraging the world to love bats on the 90 minute documentary special Into the Bat Cave (BBC4)

RADIO

Lucy loves radio/podcasts and hosts the occasional ‘The Power of …’ documentary strand for Radio 4, based on her own original concept. The Power of Sloth and The Power of Cute aired in 2016/17 and there are three more in the pipeline – The Power of Deceit, Petite and Peace – for 2019.

Lucy’s knowledge and humour have made her a regular guest on The Infinite Monkey Cage (Radio 4), and The Museum of Curiosity (Radio 4). She has also guested on Radio 4’s Women’s Hour and Midweek, Cerys Matthews (Radio 6) and in the US, RadioLab and Weekend Edition on NPR.

JOURNALISM

Lucy has written for the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, The Sunday Times, Telegraph, Daily Mail and Huffington Post. Her Amphibian Avenger blog, highlighting her adventures investigating the amphibian extinction crisis became a cult hit and was described by the Times as ‘an internet sensation.

PUBLIC SPEAKING

Lucy’s story-telling skills and popular touch have made her a sought-after public speaker performing to audiences of up to 3000 people at everything from corporate events to Glastonbury Festival, Disney Animation Studios and National Geographic. Lucy’s TED talk was described by the curator Pat Mitchell as “one of the most memorable at TED Women 2018.”

NATURAL HISTORY TV

Lucy is a familiar face of natural history broadcasting in both the UK and US. She began her presenting career hosting Freaks and Creeps (National Geographic Wild), a series based on her passion to highlight the weird and wonderful lives of species that often get over-looked in favour of charismatic megafauna.

Since then Lucy has presented a number of primetime series in the UK for BBC 1 (Talk to the Animals, Nature’s Boldest Thieves, Animals Unexpected, Nature’s Miracle Orphans and Ingenious Animals) and ITV (Amazing Animal Births)

AWARD-WINNING PRODUCER

Lucy spent the first half of her broadcast career as a writer/producer/director of primetime television documentary series for PBS, BBC, Channel 4 and Discovery, which took her to the furthest corners of the planet to film remote people and places. She drank honey wine with the fiercest tribe in East Africa, politely ate dog with the opium growing mountain people of Laos, hung out with cave-dwelling Kurdish activists in Turkey and met a fearsome jaguar hunter in Brazil.

Outside of TV Lucy has commissioned WEBBY award-winning online shorts during a stint as Head of UK content for VICE and Sundance award-winning feature length films whilst an executive at DOC SOCIETY.

Lucy’s work as a writer/producer on Meet the Sloths, won a coveted Panda Award at Wildscreen 2014 and spawned a major international 13 part series for Animal Planet, which has sold to over 20 countries worldwide.

THE RAPID RISE OF THE SLOTH

Lucy is one of the world’s leading experts on the strange biology of the sloth and founded the Sloth Appreciation Society to both promote and protect the world’s slowest mammal and it’s languorous lifestyle. Her sloth viral videos have been watched by millions and featured on dozens of TV shows from GMA to Ellen to Tonight with John Oliver, earning her the reputation of being ‘the Steven Spielberg of sloth filmmaking.’ She is currently working on a documentary about the smallest and strangest of sloth species: the critically endangered pygmy sloth of Panama.

NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC

Lucy’s photographs of sloths have graced the cover of National Geographic Young Explorer as well as her annual best-selling Sloth Appreciation Society calendar. She’s produced two books of her sloth photos: A Little Book of Sloth was a NY Times best-seller and won the Keystone State Reading Book Award 2015. Her latest best-seller, Life in the Sloth Lane, mixes mindfulness tips with Lucy’s photos of Nature’s masters of mellow taking it very easy indeed.

Lucy’s passion to raise awareness about the planet’s less popular animals through innovative storytelling led to her being anointed as a National Geographic Emerging Explorer in 2015.

OXFORD WITH DAWKINS

Lucy studied zoology under Richard Dawkins at New College, Oxford where she specialised in evolution and animal behaviour. Lucy is a passionate conservationist and a champion of species that are often misunderstood. Her style is immersive and insightful yet unashamedly populist: mixing rigorous science with great story-telling and her irreverent humour to reach the widest possible audience.

PUBLIC SPEAKING

Lucy’s story-telling skills and popular touch have made her a sought-after public speaker performing to audiences of up to 3000 people at everything from corporate events to Glastonbury Festival, Disney Animation Studios and National Geographic. Lucy’s TED talk was described by the curator Pat Mitchell as “one of the most memorable at TED Women 2018.”

BEST SELLING AUTHOR

Lucy’s latest book The Unexpected Truth About Animals is published by Black Swan in the UK and was short-listed for the prestigious Royal Society Science prize (2018). In the US it is published by Basic Books under the title The Truth About Animals and was long-listed for the AAAS/Subaru SB&F Prize.

Described by Nature as “[A] deeply researched, sassily written history of ‘the biggest misconceptions, mistakes and myths we’ve concocted about the animal kingdom,’ spread by figures from Aristotle to Walt Disney.”

The book has received rave reviews globally and is currently being translated into 18 languages.

NATURAL HISTORY TV

Lucy is a familiar face of natural history broadcasting in both the UK and US. She began her presenting career hosting Freaks and Creeps (National Geographic Wild), a series based on her passion to highlight the weird and wonderful lives of species that often get over-looked in favour of charismatic megafauna.

Since then Lucy has presented a number of primetime series in the UK for BBC 1 (Talk to the Animals, Nature’s Boldest Thieves, Animals Unexpected, Nature’s Miracle Orphans and Ingenious Animals) and ITV (Amazing Animal Births)

LIVE BROADCASTING

Lucy is an experienced live broadcaster. In 2018 she joined the Springwatch team on BBC2, as a roving reporter and co-hosting the live broadcast. The same year she also co-hosted The Beach Live (nominated for a Broadcast award in 2019) with historian Dan Snow (BBC4) and was one of the presenters on the ambitious Easter Eggs Live (Channel 4)

Lucy’s far-reaching knowledge and quick wit has seen her pitted against the great Chris Packham as his opposing team captain on the BBC2 natural history quiz show Curious Creatures. In 2019 Lucy can be seen flexing her animal expertise in the US on the new Animal Planet series Nature’s Strangest Mysteries: Solved as well as encouraging the world to love bats on the 90 minute documentary special Into the Bat Cave (BBC4)

AWARD-WINNING PRODUCER

Lucy spent the first half of her broadcast career as a writer/producer/director of primetime television documentary series for PBS, BBC, Channel 4 and Discovery, which took her to the furthest corners of the planet to film remote people and places. She drank honey wine with the fiercest tribe in East Africa, politely ate dog with the opium growing mountain people of Laos, hung out with cave-dwelling Kurdish activists in Turkey and met a fearsome jaguar hunter in Brazil.

Outside of TV Lucy has commissioned WEBBY award-winning online shorts during a stint as Head of UK content for VICE and Sundance award-winning feature length films whilst an executive at DOC SOCIETY.

Lucy’s work as a writer/producer on Meet the Sloths, won a coveted Panda Award at Wildscreen 2014 and spawned a major international 13 part series for Animal Planet, which has sold to over 20 countries worldwide.

RADIO

Lucy loves radio/podcasts and hosts the occasional ‘The Power of …’ documentary strand for Radio 4, based on her own original concept. The Power of Sloth and The Power of Cute aired in 2016/17 and there are three more in the pipeline – The Power of Deceit, Petite and Peace – for 2019.

Lucy’s knowledge and humour have made her a regular guest on The Infinite Monkey Cage (Radio 4), and The Museum of Curiosity (Radio 4). She has also guested on Radio 4’s Women’s Hour and Midweek, Cerys Matthews (Radio 6) and in the US, RadioLab and Weekend Edition on NPR.

THE RAPID RISE OF THE SLOTH

Lucy is one of the world’s leading experts on the strange biology of the sloth and founded the Sloth Appreciation Society to both promote and protect the world’s slowest mammal and it’s languorous lifestyle. Her sloth viral videos have been watched by millions and featured on dozens of TV shows from GMA to Ellen to Tonight with John Oliver, earning her the reputation of being ‘the Steven Spielberg of sloth filmmaking.’ She is currently working on a documentary about the smallest and strangest of sloth species: the critically endangered pygmy sloth of Panama.

JOURNALISM

Lucy has written for the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, The Sunday Times, Telegraph, Daily Mail and Huffington Post. Her Amphibian Avenger blog, highlighting her adventures investigating the amphibian extinction crisis became a cult hit and was described by the Times as ‘an internet sensation.

NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC

Lucy’s photographs of sloths have graced the cover of National Geographic Young Explorer as well as her annual best-selling Sloth Appreciation Society calendar. She’s produced two books of her sloth photos: A Little Book of Sloth was a NY Times best-seller and won the Keystone State Reading Book Award 2015. Her latest best-seller, Life in the Sloth Lane, mixes mindfulness tips with Lucy’s photos of Nature’s masters of mellow taking it very easy indeed.

Lucy’s passion to raise awareness about the planet’s less popular animals through innovative storytelling led to her being anointed as a National Geographic Emerging Explorer in 2015.