Wildlife TV Presenter, Vet, Zoologist & Naturalist
In addition to presenting CBeebies hit wildlife show ‘Minibeast Adventures with Jess’ she has worked on Live ‘n’ Deadly (CBBC), Deadly Mission Madagascar (CBBC), Springwatch (BBC) and Micro Monsters 3D (Sky).
Jess’ expertise and fearlessness in the field of invertebrates comes from growing up surrounded by her father’s exotic insect breeding business and she also spent much of her childhood outside climbing trees and searching under rocks and stones for creepy crawlies of any kind. Besides bugs, Jess’ primary interest is primates and she has written two theses into the behaviour and biology of apes.
Educating children on the importance of looking after the planet
“Nature Deficit Disorder” and the disconnection between modern children and their environment is a problem that Jess hopes to tackle through her education and media work. She loves working with children and spent a year working as a volunteer teacher in an underprivileged school in South America. She naturally enthuses children about their environment and the animals in it.
During her first degree, Jess founded a program in which university students taught workshops to primary school children about local and global environmental issues and won the Jane Goodall Global Youth Leadership award in 2010. This program now runs in schools, universities and zoos all over the UK. Jess is an ambassador for the environment with the Jane Goodall Institute
Jess also encourages young people to spend more time outdoors by leading challenge events all over the world, including cycling through the Himalayas, climbing Mount Kilimanjaro and trekking in Nepal.
In 2021 Jess attained ‘World Book Day Author’ number 1 and 3 in the UK national charts. As an author of 17 published books, translated into 15 languages, she’s become a favourite on the festival circuit, appearing at Bath, Hay, Barnes and others.
She’s gained a very strong following of toddlers and families because of her natural ability to connect with large audiences. She can get children to hang on her every word, one moment stamping and shouting, and then silent within seconds, leaving parents in awe. It’s no wonder her events are frequently a sell out.
Many other talents
When not studying, teaching or looking for bugs, Jess enjoys rock-climbing, kickboxing and playing the saxophone and drums. She is fluent in Spanish and can communicate in British Sign Language. Jess is also an explorer, adventurer and traveller and has worked in gibbon sanctuary in Thailand, a monkey sanctuary in Bolivia and a dog shelter in India. She has chased gibbons through the Thai jungle and rafted the rapids in Africa.
Jess French’s agents
David Foster Management
Tel: +44 (0)1264 771726