Niall McCann

Behind the Scenes of Biggest & Baddest: Venom Jungle

I have a confession to make: the Venom Jungle episode of Biggest and Baddest wasn’t originally meant to be about lots of different venomous animals, it was meant to be about one: the bushmaster. I was in Canaima National Park in Venezuela to film one of the most iconic and feared snakes on earth. The…

Tree-Climbing Lions

No one really knows why they climb trees, perhaps it’s cooler up there, perhaps they aren’t bothered by flies up in the canopy, perhaps they like the comfy branches of the fig trees that grow in the Ishasha region of Queen Elizabeth National Park, or perhaps they just quite like climbing trees and that’s why…

In Search of Invasive Burmese Pythons

In Nepal, I had been lucky enough to see four Burmese pythons–beautiful animals, classified as Vulnerable on the IUCN Red List of Endangered Species. This classification means that the species is threatened with extinction in the wild and requires protection, which makes the Florida python invasion all the more tragic. In Florida, the feral population…

Transporting Dangerous Crocs Away From One Nile River Community

Join biologist Niall McCann as he heads to the hot marshy region of central Uganda to join a team of rangers from the Uganda Wildlife Authority who are helping communities by moving man-eating crocodiles away from the villages and into the national parks on Biggest & Baddest: Attack of the Giant Crocs. It was quite…

Gorilla Doctors: Saving the Last Great Apes

“Quiet! The gorillas are near. They are scared, you must be quiet!” We were all knackered, we’d been hiking for eight hours to catch up with the gorillas and finally we were close. I looked around the rest of our crew: Todd with his hand in plaster after breaking a bone a week before we…

Investigating Giant Feral Hogs

“Watch out for the hogs!!” It was what everyone was telling me. I spoke to a lot of my biologist friends before I started filming Biggest and Baddest, and they knew that I’d be coming face to face with tigers, wild elephants, crocodiles, anacondas and the like, but everyone said the same thing: “It’s the…

Cassowary: The World’s Deadliest Bird

The cassowary is one of the most bizarre and remarkable looking birds on earth. In many ways, it doesn’t really look like a bird: it stands over 5ft high, has shaggy feathers that look like fur, has a 5 inch spike-like claw on each of its feet, a horn-like casque atop its head, and a…

Nepal’s Rogue Elephants

Deep inside the jungles just below the Himalayas live prehistoric-looking beasts: massive Bardia elephants. The homeland of these elusive creatures is shrinking, forcing the elephants into communities, leading to unfortunate confrontations between the elephants and the people who live there. These animals have been known to kill humans by trampling them or by using their…

Biggest & Baddest Field Journals: Monster Croc

In the oceans and rivers of Southeast Asia, Oceania and Australia, there is a monster from earth’s prehistory: the saltwater crocodile. These massive creatures typically measure more than 20 feet in length, but there have been reports of sightings of giants exceeding 30 feet. They have a deadly reputation and have been known to attack…

Biggest & Baddest Field Journals: Royal Bengal Tiger

In the Asian jungle lurks a fearsome predator — one of the few animals on the planet that can and will eat people. Fast and incredibly powerful, tigers are in conflict with humans living in their midst… leading to deadly encounters. Join biologist Niall McCann as he heads to western Nepal in search of a…