BBC Wildlife was launched in January 1963 as Animals Magazine, edited by filmmaker Armand Denis. In 1974 the magazine was renamed Wildlife, and in November 1983 the magazine joined BBC Magazines as BBC Wildlife.
From 1981, it was edited for 23 years by Rosamund Kidman Cox. In May 2004, BBC Wildlife moved to Origin Publishing and current editor Sophie Stafford took over, after two years working on the title as a section editor.
Editions are now numbered such that the January 2005 edition was volume 23, number 1.
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Among those on the magazine's large advisory board are:
- David Attenborough
- Chris Baines
- Jane Goodall
- Simon King
- George Monbiot
- Stephen Moss
- Jonathon Porritt
Regular contributors include:
- "Mag ABCs: Full circulation round-up for the first half of 2013". Press Gazette. 15 August 2013. Retrieved 7 December 2013.
- "Key moments in the history of BBC Wildlife Magazine". Discover Wildlife.