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Lucy Cooke
Writer, filmmaker, blogger and frog lover
Interests: Educating people about the amphibian extinction crisis and promoting the conservation of species and habitats that are otherwise ignored.
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My new job as a presenter for National Geographic Wild affords me some rare privileges but the opportunity to take part in relocating an entire troop of baboons for my 'Freaks and Creeps' series ranks as one of the most memorable. If you want to compile a list of the world’s most unpopular animals, baboons are way up there, vying for the top spot with sharks. With canines longer and sharper than a leopard and the strength to rip a man’s arm off they’re not exactly cuddly. In fact many cultures believe they are evil. In a contest between a... Continue reading
Posted Aug 28, 2012 at The Amphibian Avenger
Sid the baby pangolin is saved by a warm teddy bear and a termite milkshake. Continue reading
Posted Jul 30, 2012 at The Amphibian Avenger
A female proboscis monkey, looking a bit like the child catcher from 'Chitty Chitty Bang Bang' They say that TV is a glamorous game. But my experience filming in Borneo for my new National Geographic TV show 'Freaks and Creeps' (their title not mine by the way) was muddy, itchy and almost very deadly. Borneo is a bit like Alice in Wonderland: a topsy-turvy land where animals have been drinking magic potions that make them grow into giants or shrink into midgets. The kind of place where the world's smallest frog, about the size of a pea, is dwarfed by... Continue reading
Posted Jul 27, 2012 at The Amphibian Avenger
Space may be the final frontier for a sexy salamander with the world's fastest tongue Continue reading
Posted Apr 26, 2012 at The Amphibian Avenger
The transmission date for the documentary is wrong above - it is December 17th at 8pm EST and then repeated later that night at 1am on Dec 18th. See here:
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My most exotic adventure yet - a mission to the very end of the Piccadilly line to help a toad get laid. Continue reading
Posted Apr 26, 2011 at The Amphibian Avenger
My expedition into the soggy jungle of Colombia turns into a total adventure; I fulfill a lifetime's fantasy and find a new species of frog and discover that the twisted truth that greatest treat to this amphibian El Dorado is peace. Continue reading
Posted Dec 28, 2010 at The Amphibian Avenger
Why slow animals should rule this summer Continue reading
Posted Jun 20, 2010 at The Amphibian Avenger
Celebrity sloths lend a helping claw to the frogs Continue reading
Posted May 16, 2010 at The Amphibian Avenger
The sci-fi story of the future of frog-kind featuring alien amphibians, a space age frog pod, a killer fungus and German smugglers with frogs up their bums. Continue reading
Posted Apr 27, 2010 at The Amphibian Avenger
I've handed over my destiny to the frogs who take me to Colombia to visit fungus fighting scientists and an ancient city, deep in the jungle, where people worshipped frogs. Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 2010 at The Amphibian Avenger
A curious tale of people licking frogs and frogs licking TV's in Colombia Continue reading
Posted Mar 24, 2010 at The Amphibian Avenger
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Mar 15, 2010
The terrifying tale of the amazing aquatic scrotum frog versus the blender Continue reading
Posted Feb 24, 2010 at The Amphibian Avenger
A close encounter with psychedelic frogs in the jungles of peru Continue reading
Posted Feb 3, 2010 at The Amphibian Avenger
A tale of lesbian toads and spooky frog magic in Brazil Continue reading
Posted Jan 26, 2010 at The Amphibian Avenger
A jolly Sunday afternoon trip to a frog concentration camp in Uruguay Continue reading
Posted Jan 19, 2010 at The Amphibian Avenger
A search for the Naomi Campbell of amphibians - a dark, venomous beauty that likes to hang out with Argentine billionaires on the sand dunes of the St Tropez of South America Continue reading
Posted Jan 8, 2010 at The Amphibian Avenger
A gothic tale of terrifying toads and taxidermy Continue reading
Posted Dec 30, 2009 at The Amphibian Avenger
We’re driving to our penultimate Darwin’s frog monitoring session when something completely amazing happens. We are stopped in our tracks by a magnificent rainbow, literally blocking the road ahead. As we drive towards it, it just gets bigger and brighter until it’s hovering beside us, a magical multicoloured arc hanging in the valley. It’s simply too spectacular to be ignored. And although we're late, we all bundle out of the car to try and capture it. Now maybe I’ve been in the field for too long and am starting to lose it, but I take it as a sign and... Continue reading
Posted Dec 22, 2009 at The Amphibian Avenger
You're traumatised! Think how the frog felt...
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Dec 14, 2009
The Avenger apprehends the suspect, before interrogating. Claudio, Andrew and I are driving 40 minutes out of Santiago, Chile to investigate reports of a killer toad. This mass murderer, known to eat his victims AND their babies, has been on the run for decades, his rampage unabated. Meet Xenopus, the African clawed toad, one of the chief baddies in the global amphibian crisis. With a name straight out of Star Trek and the looks to match, you couldn't design a freakier bad guy. From the Frankenstein stitches down his back to his fat, flat body and blank, bug-eyed stare. With... Continue reading
Posted Dec 14, 2009 at The Amphibian Avenger