Dr Niall McCann

Explorer, Biologist




National Geographic Explorer, biologist and front line conservationist

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Dynamic motivational speaker with a diverse catalogue of achievements

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Award-winning presenter of natural history documentaries shown worldwide

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An adventurous bloodline


Niall's grandfather won the Founder's Medal from the Royal Geographical Society in 1952 for Arctic exploration. Introduced to adventures from an early age, Niall has followed in his grandfather's footsteps.  

Expeditions far and wide


Since the age of 18 Niall has undertaken challenging expeditions all over the world, including rowing the Atlantic Ocean, skiing across Greenland, cycling over the Himalayas & canoeing the Yukon River.

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Remote area biological research


Niall has conducted remote-area biological research all over the world. Specialising in endangered species research, he graduated with a PhD in Conservation Biology from Cardiff University in 2015.

In the spotlight


Niall's adventures have been covered in the media for many years. He presented the award-winning documentary Lost in the Amazon, and two seasons of the multi award-winning Biggest and Baddest.

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The conservation frontline


Niall has worked in protected area law enforcement in Africa, Asia and Latin America. Focusing on anti-poaching operations, he is the Director of Conservation at National Park Rescue.

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Giving back to the community


Niall is a member of the Brecon Mountain Rescue Team, a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, Trustee of the Wallacea Trust and Ambassador for Embrace Physical Education. He lives in Cardiff with his wife Rachel.


Highly experienced speaker


For the past decade, Niall has entertained audiences around the world with his high-energy presentations covering a diversity of topics including life at the extremes, coping with risk, building a career around your passions, leading expeditions in challenging environments, exploring the world's natural wonders, protecting the planet, and excelling in STEM. Niall's presentations are beautifully illustrated with spectacular photography. 



"Niall's speech was fantastic, inspirational and perfectly pitched." 

Matthew Hulks, nPower

"Niall's talk got top marks for content, delivery and illustration." 

John Hemming, RGS

"Wonderful, igniting, moving, inspiring."

Amelia Becker, Pennington School

Book Niall for your event


Niall can tailor a talk to the specific needs of your school, university, society or business. 

He has delivered keynote speeches for many high-profile organisations and is an outstanding choice for any event.

Niall is represented by Speakers from the Edge and Wolfman Productions.

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Dr Niall McCann speaking at TEDx Cardiff


Lost in the Amazon


Niall presented the award-winning PBS documentary Lost in the Amazon: the enigma of Colonel Percy Fawcett. 

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Biggest and Baddest


Niall presented three seasons of the multi award-winning series Biggest and Baddest, which continues to air worldwide. 

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Media enquiries


To discuss presenting or narration opportunities, or to book an interview, please write to Niall via the link below. 

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Expeditions Far and Wide



Niall has been on multiple rock climbing, big-walling and mountaineering expeditions, and twice cycled over the Himalayas.



Niall has been on two major expeditions to the Arctic, including skiing across Greenland from East to West in 2009. 



In 2007 Niall and his friend James Burge rowed across the Atlantic Ocean, making the crossing in 63 days.



Niall has spent well over two years on expeditions in remote jungle environments in Latin America, Asia and Africa.



Niall has spent many months working in sub-Saharan Africa, including 3 months living in the Namib Desert.



Many of the best adventures happen close to home. Niall is an avid micro-adventurer & member of Brecon Mountain Rescue Team.

The Conservation Frontline

Taking a stand


Tired of the seeming-futility of endangered species research, Niall decided to dedicate his career to stopping the destruction of our natural heritage. Since 2012 Niall has worked on the front line of conservation in Africa, Asia and Latin America.

National Park Rescue


Niall is the Director of Conservation for National Park Rescue, a direct-action conservation organisation that focuses on preventing the slaughter of elephants, rhinos and lions in sub-Saharan Africa.

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The Wallacea Trust


Niall is a Trustee of the Wallacea Trust, a charity that funds projects that empower communities in developing nations to develop commercial enterprises linked to biodiversity conservation.

Visit The Wallacea Trust website

Contact Niall

Book Niall to speak at your school or event

Or simply write to ask a question or say hello.

Please be aware that Niall spends much of the year in the field with limited access to internet. He will respond as soon as he is able. 

For speaking engagements in the UK email: dion@speakersfromtheedge.com 

For speaking engagements in the USA email: scott@wolfmanproductions.com

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