Niall McCann, Explorer…


Niall McCann



Niall McCann. TV Presenter, Explorer, Adventurer, Biologist.


Niall McCann was born in Victoria, Canada, into a family of adventurers and grew up in Shrewsbury, in England’s most rural county: Shropshire. Niall studied Zoology at the University of Bristol, and completed his PhD at Cardiff University, studying the conservation of Baird’s tapir, the largest mammal in the Neotropics and one of the most threatened species in all of the Americas. Since completing his academic studies, Niall has focused on the mitigation of human-wildlife conflict and on having a direct impact on conservation through financing and coordinating anti-poaching operations in multiple theatres across the world. 

Niall has dedicated his life to seeking out adventure in the natural world, either in combination with his zoological studies, or on stand-alone adventures. He has spent well over two years on expeditions on six continents.

Niall’s first major expedition came in 2000, when, at the age of 18, he spent one month cycling in the Himalayas with his father and a friend, crossing the Khunjerab Pass, the highest paved pass in the world. Niall has since cycled the highest road in the world, canoed the River Yukon, been mountaineering in the Alps and Greenland, and been rock climbing in Europe and The USA.

In 2007 Niall rowed across the Atlantic Ocean from La Gomera in the Canary Islands to Antigua in theCaribbean. This expedition was followed, in 2009, by a successful attempt to manhaul on skis across Greenland. In 2014 Niall returned to Greenland with his brother on a ground-breaking expedition combining the sports of ski-mountaineering and speedflying. The film of this expedition, Arctic AIR, was shown at multiple film festivals around the globe and is available for download on Outside TV. 

In his career as a zoologist, Niall has specialised on working with endangered species, and has conducted zoological research in the UK, Italy, Mauritius, Bolivia, Namibia, Guyana and Honduras; spending over 21 months living and working in remote and challenging parts of the world. Having left academia behind, Niall is now directly involved in ongoing anti-poaching operations as a Director of National Park Rescue, an organisation dedicated to the restoration and protection of the world’s most threatened protected areas. Niall is a Trustee of the Operation Wallacea Trust and a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society. 

Niall made his television debut in 2011 with the PBS documentary Lost in the Amazon: the enigma of Col Fawcett, which aired on the History Channel in the UK. As a result of the success of this documentary, which won two international awards, Niall landed a six-part wildlife adventure series ‘Biggest and Baddest’ with Animal Planet Canada and Nat Geo Wild. The second season of this series won has won multiple awards, with Niall picking up a Platinum Remi for best on-screen talent at the WorldFest Film Festival.