Rhys is a BAFTA nominated (Best Presenter) Television and Radio presenter. His BBC television career spans over two decades and includes Rhys’s Network Primetime BBC One television series ‘Rhys Jones’s Wildlife Patrol’, which attracted a viewing audience of 10 million (2.5 million per programme) across the UK and ran for three series. In 2018 ‘Rhys Jones’s Wildlife Patrol’ was repackaged into a single series and distributed by Dreamscape Media across the US, Canada and Mexico.
Rhys also delivered two seasons of his hit BBC series ‘Rhys to the Rescue’, and guest presented for both Chris Packham’s ‘Nature’s Calendar’ and Sir David Attenborough’s ‘Saving Planet Earth’. He presented the Royal Welsh Show on BBC Wales between 2007-2015.
Most recently Rhys has recorded documentaries for National Geographic and the Smithsonian Channel, including ‘Top Ten Biggest Beasts’, and ‘British Treasure, American Gold’ for the Discovery Channel. His new series ‘Wild Tube’ is due to air globally in late 2019, and he has just finished filming ‘Mysterious Alaska’ for release in 2020 on the Travel Channel US.
Rhys regularly appears on radio with highlights including presenting alongside Simon Mayo on Drive time BBC Radio 2, Cerys Mathews on Radio 6 Music and Adam Rutherford on Inside Science on BBC Radio 4. He produces radio programmes including his own BBC Radio Wales series ‘My date with Death’. He has produced wildlife and science themed podcasts series for the Guardian.
He is a freelance science and wildlife writer with recent articles published in The Independent, The New Statesman and The Journal of Physiology.
Rhys delivers keynote speeches to a wide range of organisations and NGOs. Recently, he has delivered keynote speeches for The British Science Association National Conference, The National Teaching Conference, The Wildlife Trusts, The British Council – Hong Kong, and for the Diana Award annual Award Ceremony.
Rhys completed his PhD on “British Reptile Conservation: Phylogeography and Translocation studies” in 2009 following a MPhil in Medical Molecular Entomology and a BSc (Hons) in Zoology.
He holds the position of Senior Lecturer at Cardiff University delivering modules in Genetics, Evolution and Diversity; Nutrition, Transport and Signalling; Animal Diversity; Assessing the Environment; and Leads on the Cardiff University Research Techniques Ecological Field Course, as well as being a module lead on the University flag ship MSc in Global Ecology and Conservation. He lectures for the School of Dentistry specialising in Blood and the immune system and in Advanced Anatomy on comparative hominid evolution. He also lectures within GW4 (an alliance of Cardiff, Bristol, Exeter and Bath Universities) on post graduate (MRes, PhD) courses.
Rhys is currently working on his first book ‘Becoming Dr Jones’ which is due to be published in Autumn 2020.