Animal Geographer Dr Daniel Allen is a unique commentator of nature and animals. Exploring the cultural significance of animals around the world, Daniel is known for his candid observations on human-wildlife interactions, conservation, the pet trade, and animal assisted therapy. Daniel is an active member of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Animal Welfare (APGAW), and Media and Policy Advisor for the UK Wild Otter Trust.
A confident media personality, Daniel has been cast as a television presenter by British and American production companies, including US reality TV show Animal House (2014). He has also appeared on BBC Radio 2 Simon Mayo Drivetime (2015), Channel 4's Daily Brunch (2014), ITV's British Animal Honours (2013), BBC 5Live (2013), BBC Radio Berkshire (2013). Daniel is an acclaimed writer, contributing to BBC Wildlife Magazine, NFU Countryside, The Field, Mental Health Today, National Geographic Kids, Small Furry Pets, and Practical Reptile Keeping, and is the author of two books.
Daniel’s first book, Otter (Reaktion Books, 2010), was described by Virginia McKenna OBE as “the most brilliant mix of facts ancient and modern about the otter species”. His latest book, The Nature Magpie (Icon Books, 2013), was praised as “part Walden Pond, part Origin of Species, and part Ripley’s Believe It Or Not”, by Dr Hal Herzog. Daniel is also the creator and editor of Reaktion Books Earth series. David Bellamy OBE wrote: "What a fantastic idea, science and culture brought down to earth".
January 2017: UK Wild Otter Trust feature on BBC Countryfile
November 2016: Daniel's new column 'A Dog's Life' debuts in Dogs Today magazine
October 2016: Daniel presents UKWOT work on otters and fisheries at IUCN/SSC Otter Specialist Group UK meeting at the Chestnut Centre, Derbyshire
September 2016: Daniel helps the UK Wild Otter Trust secure the first Natural England initiative class licence to live capture and relocate otters trapped inside fenced fisheries
September 2016: Daniel chairs session and presents papers at the Royal Geographical Society conference in London
August 2016: Onalytica rank Daniel's Twitter account @Dr_Dan_1 number 27 in the world for Top Influencers in Animal Welfare on Twitter
June 2016: Daniel becomes Media and Policy Advisor for UK Wild Otter Trust (charity 1167746)