SWAROVSKI OPTIK, the long-range and high-quality optic specialists, has announced an exciting new partnership with wildlife filmmaker and TV presenter Dan O’Neill for 2024, supporting Dan on his expeditions to find and study wildlife around the world.

Dan O’Neill is an experienced field biologist, wildlife filmmaker, explorer, and presenter, specialising in travelling to remote and challenging environments, while tracking animals through camera trap technology. From travelling to the rebel-occupied red zone of western Mindanao to learn about the most endangered raptor on the planet, the Philippine eagle, to going in search of rare animals in the northern Amazon, Dan is a leading expert in wildlife exploration.

His most recent work as an Ambassador with the Snow Leopard Trust, the world’s largest organisation devoted to protecting this enigmatic cat and its mountain habitats, has helped track and learn more about the famously shy and endangered snow leopard across Kyrgyzstan. This ground-breaking research involves placing camera traps in key locations to monitor and record their visual and audio behaviour, helping to protect the Snow Leopard’s future through conservation programs.

Through the partnership with SWAROVSKI OPTIK, Dan has been provided with the highest quality optic equipment, including the impressive BTX spotting scope. With its angled view, wide field of view and high zoom range, the BTX ensures Dan and his team can easily and comfortably spot wildlife, even if on the move, as well as record their findings through the VPA iphone camera adapter.

Dan O’Neill said, “It’s been a lifelong dream to work with SWAROVSKI OPTIK, a company with the appreciation of nature at it’s core, and I’m very excited to showcase what these high-quality optics can do – even in the remotest parts of the world and toughest conditions. These binoculars and spotting scopes are an essential part of my equipment, and I can’t wait to use them on the exciting projects we have planned for the year ahead.”

Peter Antoniou, UK Managing Director for SWAROVSKI OPTIK said, “We’re very happy to have Dan come on board as a SWAROVSKI OPTIK Opinion Leader this year. Dan’s passion for protecting nature and inspiring people to discover the joy of observing wildlife, fits perfectly with  our company core values and what we stand for. This is an exciting year for SWAROVSKI OPTIK as we mark our 75th anniversary and we’re looking forward to supporting Dan on his expeditions in the year ahead.”

Inspiring people to love and care for nature is a fundamental part of SWAROVSKI OPTIK’s values, and this year marks a huge milestone for the company celebrating 75 years of developing, designing and manufacturing the highest quality optics. To mark the company’s 75th anniversary this month, SWAROVSKI OPTIK has also launched the world’s first smart binocular, the AX Visio, showcasing just why it’s one of the world’s leading manufacturers of high precision optical instruments.

For further details on Dan O’Neill, visit https://www.josarsby.com/danoneill.

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Photo caption:

  • Image 1: Dan O’Neill with the SWAROVSKI OPTIK BTX spotting scope in Kyrgyzstan. Photo credit – Chris Beard.
  • Image 2: Dan O’Neill setting a camera trap during a scientific expedition to the cloud forests of Honduras. Photo credit – Zak Walters.
  • Image 3: Dan O’Neill scanning for snow leopards with the BTX spotting scope on expedition with the Snow Leopard Trust in Kyrgyzstan. Photo Credit – Chris Beard.
  • Images are available to download from https://www.dropbox.com/scl/fo/ufekrc94pvo11uv53xcwu/h?rlkey=uq0d54a6ybwatrdsia9neibyq&dl=0

SWAROVSKI OPTIK headquartered in Absam, Tyrol, is part of the Swarovski group of companies. Founded in 1949, the Austrian company specialises in the development and manufacturing of long-range optical instruments of the highest precision in the premium segment of the market. The binoculars, spotting scopes, and optronic instruments are products of choice for demanding users. The company’s success is based on its innovative strength, the quality and intrinsic value of its products, and their functional and aesthetic design. The appreciation of nature is an essential part of its company philosophy and is reflected commendably in its environment-friendly production and its long-term commitment to selected nature conservation projects. The turnover in 2019 was 158.7 million euros (2018: 156.3 million euros), with an export ratio of 91%. The company has around 980 employees.

Dan O’Neill is a field biologist, wildlife filmmaker, and explorer specialising in remote and challenging environments. He has organised numerous expeditions to find, film, and study rare animals from the pristine jungles of the northern Amazon and Mayan temple ruins of the Yucatan, to the frozen peaks of Central Asia. Regularly involved in field projects, he primarily works as a mammal specialist, expedition leader and camera-trap technician. After 5 years of collaboration, The Snow Leopard Trust named Dan as their first ever Explorer in Residence, working with international field teams and local partners to help communicate the conservation story of the planet’s least understood big cat. His varied work also includes shooting and directing longform TV wildlife and expedition documentaries and digital mini-series, co-producing nature-inspired music with Grammy-winning artist Imogen Heap, and in the creative direction of projects spanning from live events to digital fashion campaigns. Dan’s recent 5-part series ‘Giants’ produced by Off The Fence for Curiosity Stream premiered in May 2023 and circles the globe on 5 epic expeditions to find the biggest beasts to have walked the planet. ’Giants’ marked the first time in history openly LGBT wildlife presenter hosted a series for a major network. Dan continues to be a passionate advocate for increased LGBT representation in STEM, natural history media, and adventure. His work has been featured in Attitude Magazine, Gay Times, The Advocate, The Independent, BBC Radio 4 and more.

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