Mark Carwardine (born 1959-03-09) is a zoologist, who at one time was affiliated with the World Wildlife Fund, and has been a free lance writer, photographer and zoologist since 1986. He is also the co-author of the book Last Chance to See with Douglas Adams. On 2005-03-10 he delivered the third annual Douglas Adams Memorial Lecture, speaking about Last Chance to See and offering updates on some of the species covered in the book.
For six years, he presented the weekly half-hour programme Nature on BBC Radio 4. He now writes a regular column for Wanderlust and BBC Wildlife magazines and is on the latters advisory board.
The book Last Chance to See by Douglas Adams and Mark Carwardine was first published in 1990, as a companion to the BBC radio series of the same name. The theme of documentary was to feature animal species which were endangered or threatened with extinction.
The Observer Colour Magazine initiated moves in 1985 to send a zoologist, Mark Carwardine, and a writer, Douglas Adams, to Madagascar, to search for the aye-aye, a nearly extinct lemur. Later this developed into several journeys to find various species, including the Komodo dragon on the island of Komodo in Indonesia, gorillas and white rhinoceroses in Zaire, Kakapos in New Zealand, the Yangtze River Dolphin in China, Rodrigues fruit bats (megabat) on the island of Rodrigues, and various other species in these locations. Many of these excursions became the basis for the BBC Radio 4 series of the same name.
Many of the excursions were written into the companion book, though not all, allegedly due to Douglas' notorious writing...