The early adventures of a young David Attenborough: the story of his time filming the original 1950s series, Zoo Quest, with never-before-seen photographs
In 1954, a young television presenter was offered the opportunity of a lifetime - to travel the world finding rare and elusive animals for London Zoo's collection, and to film the expeditions for the BBC.
This is the story of those voyages. Staying with local tribes while trekking in search of giant anteaters in Guyana, Komodo dragons in Indonesia and armadillos in Paraguay, he and the rest of the team battled with cannibal fish, aggressive tree porcupines and escape-artist wild pigs, as well as treacherous terrain and unpredictable weather, to record the incredible beauty and biodiversity of these regions. The methods may be outdated now, but the fascination and respect for the wildlife, the people and the environment - and the importance of protecting these wild places - is not.
Written with his trademark wit and charm, ADVENTURES OF A YOUNG NATURALIST is not just the story of a remarkable adventure, but of the man who made us fall in love with the natural world, and who is still doing so today.
A marvellous book ... unputdownable ... utterly engaging. - Telegraph
An elegant and gently funny writer. - The Times
A great educator as well as a great naturalist. - Barack Obama
Sir David is a wizard of television, and, like Gandalf or Dumbledore, he has a near-magical gift for combining warmth and gravitas . . . the man who, for me, exemplifies the best in British broadcasting. - Louis Theroux
Full of Attenborough's trademark enthusiasm, wit and intelligence, it's a natural history fan's treat. - Sunday Express
Utterly engaging . . . immensely colourful and dramatic - Daily Mail
A charming period piece - Times
A beautiful new edition ... of our favourite naturalist's account of his travels for the BBC - Mail on Sunday
Sir David Attenborough is a broadcaster and naturalist whose television career is now in its seventh decade. After studying Natural Sciences at Cambridge and a brief stint in publishing, he joined the BBC in 1952 and spent ten years making documentary programmes of all kinds, including the Zoo Quest series. In 1965, he was appointed Controller of a new network, BBC2, and then, after four years became editorially responsible for both BBC1 and BBC2.
After eight years of administration, he returned to programme-making to write and present a thirteen-part series, Life on Earth, which surveyed the evolutionary history of animals and plants. This was followed by many other series which, between them, surveyed almost every aspect of life on earth.