Henry Nicholls studied zoology at Cambridge, spent a year living with meerkats in the Kalahari, before amassing one of the world’s largest collections of avian ejaculates in the name of his doctoral research. Sensing it was time for a career change, he became a science journalist in 2003, specialising in evolution, conservation and the history of science. He has written four books – Lonesome George, The Way of the Panda, The Galapagos and Sleepyhead. He lives in London with his wife and two sons.
Work published elsewhere
Lonesome George: The life and loves of a conservation icon
The tragicomic tale of a giant tortoise called George, famous for being the last individual of his species, with frequent asides about the Galapagos Islands and global conservation.
Let’s make a mammoth
With the publication of the woolly mammoth genome in 2008, everyone was asking what it would take to bring one back to life. This is the definitive step-by-step guide.
The Way of the Panda: The curious history of China’s political animal
A history of one of the world’s most iconic animals, a tale of zoological domination that maps rather neatly onto the rise of modern China.
Sex and the single rhinoceros
A crack team of German zoo vets attempt to rescue the reproductive future of one of the last Sumatran rhinos in Malaysian Borneo, a three-legged female called Stumpy.
Life after George
The death of the celebrity tortoise Lonesome George casts a long shadow over the Galapagos Islands.
The Galapagos: A natural history
Why do we care so much about this group of remote, parched and inhospitable volcanoes? For much of their history they were likened to hell on earth. Now they are the closest we’ll ever get to paradise.