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Adventures of a Young Naturalist: The Zoo Quest Expeditions

Sir David Attenborough

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Quercus Books
01 May 2018
Biography; Biography: general; Zoology & animal sciences; Geographical discovery & exploration; The natural world, country life & pets
A GREAT BOOK. --THE NEW YORK TIMES MARVELOUS. --THE TELEGRAPH A RARE GLIMPSE OF A FLEDGLING DAVID ATTENBOROUGH IN THE WILD. --VANITY FAIR Living legend and presenter of BBC's Planet Earth series Sir David Attenborough tells the story of his early career as a broadcaster and a naturalist in his own words. In 1954, David Attenborough, a young television presenter, was offered the opportunity of a lifetime--to travel the world finding rare and elusive animals for the London Zoo's collection, and to film the expedition for the BBC for a new show called Zoo Quest. 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 contended 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.

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 taught us the importance of protecting it--and who is still doing so today.
By:   Sir David Attenborough
Imprint:   Quercus Books
Dimensions:   Height: 234mm,  Width: 160mm,  Spine: 38mm
Weight:   635g
ISBN:   9781635060690
ISBN 10:   1635060699
Pages:   400
Publication Date:   01 May 2018
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

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. Since the launch of his famous Zoo Quest series in 1954, he has surveyed almost every aspect of life on earth and brought it to the viewing public. His latest program, Planet Earth II, was the most watched nature documentary of all time.

Reviews for Adventures of a Young Naturalist: The Zoo Quest Expeditions

[Attenborough] is a wizard of television, and, like Gandalf or Dumbledore, he has a near-magical gift for combining warmth and gravitas. --Louis Theroux, award-winning BBC documentary filmmaker When I was a young boy, I used to love turning on the television and watching [Attenborough's] programs and really feeling like I was either back out in Africa or I was learning about something magical and almost out of this planet. --Prince William, Duke of Cambridge Praise for David Attenborough A great educator as well as a great naturalist. --President Barack Obama One of the last of the pith-helmeted, noble British adventurers, he tells a host of wondrous tales set in the last years of the crumbling British Empire and he tells them beautifully . . . His writing is as impressive and as enjoyable as his TV programs and there can be no higher praise. --Daily Express An elegant and gently funny writer. --The Times A marvelous book, an invaluable record of David Attenborough's first three journeys . . . What makes this elegant book so unputdownable is that Attenborough makes the viewer feel inside the picture, part of his team . . . On the page, as on the screen, he shares, shows, explains. His style is disarmingly self-deprecating, utterly engaging. --Telegraph

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