A new animal series hit BBC Two last night (Thursday, May 23rd) and already its proved itself to be a good one.

Big Animal Surgery explores the work of vets who risk life – and limb! – to operate on some of the world’s largest and most dangerous animals.

So who is the presenter going behind the scenes and joining the vets on this journey?

Here is everything you need to know about Liz Bonnin

From Big Animal Surgery: Lion

Who is Liz Bonnin?

Elizabeth Bonnin is a biochemist, wild animal biologist and she presents TV shows too!

She was born in Paris, France but moved to Ireland with her family at the age of nine.

Liz obtained her BA in biochemistry from Trinity College, Dublin. But then she decided to pursue her passion for animals and wildlife.

In 2008, Liz gained her MA in wild animal biology and conservation from the Zoological Society of London and the Royal Veterinary College. Part of her research here involved tracking tigers in Nepal!

What TV shows has Liz presented?

Liz has frequently worked with the BBC on a variety of environmental projects.

Some of the shows she has worked on include the BATFTA-winning Big Blue Live, Animal Odd Couples and Stargazing Live.

Her most recent project, before Big Animal Surgery, was Drowning in Plastic.

Liz on Instagram!

If you’re looking for some travel inspo, then Liz is your go-to-girl…

She regularly posts pictures to her Instagram – @lizbonnin – to make you envy her globe-trotting career.


Everywhere from the Great Barrier Reef to Botswana, Liz has seen it all.


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Good evening #Botswana. I’ve missed you. @spaceforgiants #GiantsClubSummit #SaveElephants #bethechange #oneplanet ???

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Big Animal Surgery

There are three episodes in this first season of Big Animal Surgery starting on Thursday, May 23rd at 9 pm.

Each episode will focus on a different animal as they undergo medical treatment: Lion, chimpanzee and elephant.

They will air at the same time each Thursday on BBC Two, with the episodes going to the BBC iPlayer after broadcast.



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