Henry Nicholls studied zoology at Cambridge University, spent a year living with meerkats in the Kalahari and carried out a PhD in evolutionary ecology at the University of Sheffield. In 2003, he became a science journalist, specialising in evolution, conservation and the history of biology and is a regular contributor to BBC Wildlife, New Scientist, Nature and writes the 'Animal Magic blog' for the Guardian. In 2006, he published Lonesome George, which was nominated for the Guardian First Book Award and shortlisted for the prestigious Royal Society Science Book Prize. Since then, he has written two more books - The Way of the Panda: The Curious History of China's Political Animal and The Galapagos: A Natural History. He lives in London with his wife and two sons.