TV presenter, biologist, naturalist, behaviourist and author
TV presenter, biologist, naturalist, behaviourist, author
Roger Tabor, MPhil, CBiol, FRSB, FCFBA, FBNAhc, FLS, is a television presenter, biologist, behaviourist, award-winning naturalist and author. Most of his TV presenting has been on wildlife, plants and animals, yet he is best known for his ground-breaking BBC television series Cats filmed over 3 years around the world. As a biologist he is recognised as one of the world’s leading authorities on cats.
Roger began his TV career co-presenting BBC TV’s Animal Magic alongside the legendary broadcaster Johnny Morris. He covered animals such as ocelots, badgers, a chameleon and earthworms. He revealed microscopic details of the wings and eyes of butterflies and ultra-close-ups of earthworms using his own scanning electron microscope pictures. He and Johnny Morris flew to the Galapagos Islands to present an Animal Magic Special.
He was one of the original presenters of Countryfile (BBC One) covering topics such as historic salt production in the Blackwater Estuary, footpath access on farmland and the draining of the Fens. He wrote and presented his own full Countryfile specials – Life Returns to Broadland and Constable Country, where he brought together his favourite blend of wildlife, habitat and history of these areas.
Cats is the BBC TV series for which he’s best known around the world. It has been shown in many countries including the UK, USA, Japan and Australia. His studies of cats in different countries gave the basis for this 5-part peak time series which he wrote and presented. He traced their wild ancestors into domestication, their early domestic life and deification in Ancient Egypt, the medieval demonisation of the cat in Britain and Europe, and their spread around the world. His BBC book of the series was a best-seller.
Other TV credits include: Understanding Cats (BBC and PBS – USA) which he wrote and presented, Animal Attractions TV (PBS – USA), The Mill’s Life, a 6-part BBC series, he wrote and presented The Traditions of Christmas (BBC), Natural Profile (BBC), City Wildlife (Thames TV), the 20-part series Going Wild with Roger Tabor (Anglia TV) and was resident naturalist presenter for BBC TV East for a decade.
Many of Roger’s programmes reveal his profound knowledge of plants as well as animals, and he presented Wild About Herbs for PBS TV (USA).
Roger’s catnav and catcam cat range survey with Bayer was filmed with him as the presenter as The Secret Lives of Cats, similarly he and his cat range surveys were featured in National Geographic’s Wild Side of Cats and Animal Planet’s Must Love Cats. In the The One Show (BBC One) he used GPS cat tracking to determine where a cat with unusual hunting preferences “caught bras and paint brushes” to take home through the cat flap!
Roger featured on Psycho Pussies: When Cats Attack which was a ratings’ hit for C5.
He is a regular contributor and guest on programmes in the UK and US, including in ITV’s Joanna Lumley Catwoman, Pineridge TV’s Animal Attractions, ITV’s Alan Titchmarsh Show.
Roger is one the most respected and sought-after experts in the world in relation to cats, their behaviour, psychology and relationships with people. He has observed cats and wildlife in 30 countries around the world.
Roger was anchor on BBC World Service Nature Notebook and BBC Schools Biology Now! For nearly a decade on LBC he recorded a weekly London wildlife slot from different places on location, plus hour specials. He’s been a guest on innumerable radio programmes such as Chris Evans’ Breakfast Show.
An award-winning worldwide best-selling author whose work has been published in many languages. His titles include The Wildlife of the Domestic Cat, Cats; the Rise of the Cat (BBC Books) that accompanied his BBC TV series Cats, Understanding Cats that accompanied his BBC TV series, Roger Tabor’s Cat Behaviour, Understanding Cat Behaviour, 100 Ways to Understand Your Dog and 100 Ways to Understand Your Cat, Herbs and All About Herbs, Wild About Herbs which accompanied his PBS TV programme, and children’s wildlife books How to be an Otter, How to be a Squirrel, How to be a Deer and How to be a Fox.
Roger was Editor of Motorways and the Biologist.
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