Daniel O’Neill

Wildlife filmmaker, explorer and field biologist

Dan’s thirst for adventure and the natural world has taken him to some of the most remote places left on Earth from the Mayan temples of the Yucatan and ancient civilisations of Southeast Asia to the mountains of north Africa and the deepest parts of the Amazon rainforest.

Dan’s background as a field biologist has equipped him with an extensive knowledge of rainforest biodiversity and survival skills, particularly in the Neotropics. In 2019 he was part of a 7 person expedition to the headwaters of one of Guyana’s most remote rivers – the Rewa - in search of wild animals that had never seen people before. He made video diaries and presented the journey culminating with the filming of a wild rainforest jaguar on the expedition’s final day.

In 2017, Dan was accepted onto the Masters course in Wildlife Filmmaking at the University of the West of England in partnership with the BBC Natural History Unit. For his final film, he used his expertise to help a mathematician realise a life-long dream of seeing the formidable harpy eagle in the wilds of Guyana.

With conservation dreams in mind Dan, along with co-founder Isaac Rice, created Wilderland Film Festival - the UK’s first ever touring wildlife film festival which will be in theatres nationwide in Autumn 2019.

Dan narrated the award winning blue-chip short documentary, Flamboyant that has toured in front of 250,000 people in China and made a semi-finalist in this year’s International Wildlife Film Festival.