Brady Barr

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Brady Barr
Born Brady Robert Barr
(1963-01-04) 4 January 1963 (age 55)
Fort Worth, Texas, United States
Education University of Miami, Indiana University
Occupation Herpetologist, Television Personality
Years active 1985—present
Notable work Dangerous Encounters
Spouse(s) Mei Sanchez-Barr
Children Braxton and Isabella Barr
Website National Geographic channel[permanent dead link]

Brady Robert Barr (born 4 January 1963) is a herpetologist and currently[when?] the host of Nat Geo WILD's Dangerous Encounters with Brady Barr. He began employment with National Geographic in 1997. Barr has also been the host for two other series, Reptile Wild and Croc Chronicles.[1]


A native of Fort Worth, Texas, Barr graduated from Indiana University with a B.S. in Science Education and later became a high school teacher.[2] After earning a Ph.D. at the University of Miami,[3] Barr became the first known herpetologist to have captured all 23 extant species of crocodilians in his career.[4]

While Barr was a doctoral student at the University of Miami in Coral Gables he studied alligators living wild in the Everglades National Park.

Barr's adventures have taken him to many exotic places such as Australia, South Africa, Borneo, India, and China, taking him face to face with some of the most amazing creatures in the world from giant salamanders to saltwater crocodiles.[citation needed]

While filming in Indonesia for an episode of Dangerous Encounters ("Snake Bite"), Brady Barr was wounded in the thigh from a bite of a 4-metre reticulated python in 2007. His bite made world news, as well as the subject of ridicule by several sites on the Internet. While filming an introduction for "Deadly Dozen" he was bitten in the face.[citation needed]

Barr regularly appears on The Tonight Show[citation needed] and was offered a cameo appearance in a major Bollywood feature film in October 2010.[citation needed]

Barr is the author of a children's book about citizen science and American crocodiles, After a While Crocodile: Alexa's Diary.

In 2012, Barr testified at the Subcommittee Hearing on HR511: To prohibit the importation of various species of constrictor snakes after he approached the U.S. Association of Reptile Keepers (USARK) to offer his expertise.[5]