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".

“Dr Daniel Allen is a charming, thoughtful and highly capable individual. His warmth, intelligence and dedication makes him a complete pleasure to work with.”

Rebecca Rodriguez - US Producer & Director


March 2017: On national radio, Daniel discussed the tragic case of the South Lakes Safari Zoo on BBC Radio 5 Live (listen again from 00:14:30) and BBC Radio Wales (listen again from 01:16:00).


February 2017: Daniel presented his new research, 'Changing Policy, Practice and Public Understandings of the Protected Otter in England' at the 'Environment and Society' seminar series at the University of York. His ongoing public engagement about otter conservation also featured as a Q&A in the March issue of BBC Wildlife magazine.


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)​.