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© Yussef Rafik 2020

About Me

"Yussef is a zoologist and young wildlife presenter. A self-confessed nature nerd, he loves nothing more than to get outside and immerse himself in the natural world - something he strives to encourage more people to do!"

From holding my first crocodile when I was four years old to digging for earthworms in the school playground, I've had a passion for natural history for as long as I can remember. As I grew up, my love for wildlife became even more apparent and led me to study BSc Zoology at university. After I graduated, I went on to work as a zookeeper, giving me hands-on experience with some of the most weird and wonderful animals on the planet! But my true passion was sharing my knowledge of these marvellous creatures with others, and that’s when I fell in love with presenting..

 

Most recently, I’ve been working with BBC Studios on the brand new children’s channel, BBC Earth Kids, where I present my very own show called Bugface. In each episode, I’m joined by a celebrity guest and an incredible creepy crawly that they must have on their face, all while we learn lots of fun facts about the bug! You can watch all the episodes out so far here

I'm also a big believer in using social media as a tool for science communication, and I like to use my platform and fun presenting methods as a way to captivate my audience. I’ve even collaborated with and produced online content for organisations such as The Wildlife Trusts. I particularly enjoy talking about the 'little guys' - whether that be the mussels in our waterways or the snails in our gardens - and why they are equally as important to our environment as the big, popular animals!

I have extensive experience in media production, having worked in everything from radio presenting to nature writing, however in more recent years I've developed an interest in presenting in front of the camera. I started off making my own wildlife videos on YouTube and have since collaborated and created content for organisations such as The Wildlife Trusts.

Please feel free to get in contact for any enquiries!