George Bradford was born and raised in rural Somerset and developed an interest in local wildlife from an early age. Before studying Zoology at the University of Nottingham he had a brief stint assisting research in the rainforests of Honduras and volunteering in a safari park in South Africa. He joined the ARKive team as an ARKive Media Research Assistant in June 2010 and is now a Media Researcher. As part of the ARKive Media Team, George’s responsibilities include working with ARKive’s many media donors to select the films and photographs that make up the project’s unique multimedia collection.
What are you currently working on?
What animal skill would you most like to have?
I would argue that the most useful animal skill has to be the power of price comparison for which meerkats are so well known. If I had to choose something that actually occurred in nature however, it would be the ability to make my own honey like bees.
Which three people would you invite to the ultimate dinner party?
David Attenborough – A lot of the ARKive team will probably say this, but I am the most deserving. Why? I am the biggest fan (a lot of the ARKive team would probably say that too).
Doug Coombes – Doug would be ideal entertainment with stories of extreme skiing all over the world and other mountaineering adventures.
Richard Dawkins – Richard would provide the thought provoking debate required for a great dinner party.
Where in the world would you most like to go?
Rural China. I think that there is so much there that we don’t know about and the culture is so different from our own. The habitats, wildlife and people vary immensely across this vast country so I would need a few months to do it properly.
Which celebrity do you most look like?
People tell me that I look like Steve Irwin; I really don’t see it though.
What’s the best wildlife encounter you’ve ever had?
Well the best wildlife holiday I ever had was to the Galapagos Islands. It is unlike any safari you will ever go on. The animals there are in no way intimidated by human presence so they will go on showing their normal behaviour. This means it is like walking around in a nature programme and it is a fantastic experience that I could not recommend enough. The best single experience on this trip though was snorkelling with green turtles so close I could feel them brush past me. I will never forget it.
What’s your favourite thing on ARKive?
Er the games… ha ha! No, I should probably give a species example. I really like Nepenthes attenboroughii it’s a really interesting pitcher plant species and it also had the honour of being the first ever species that I uploaded. So there is a bit of personal interest there.
Tell us an animal related joke.
What do you call a sleepy bull?
A bull dozer.