The Life of Mammalsby David Attenborough
From the under-snow tunnels of Arctic lemmings to the egg nests of the bizarre Australian echidna, from the Pacific waters inhabited by sea otters and whales to the subways of major cities, this extraordinary and attractive book brings us into the homes and lives of some of earth's most fascinating animals.
Published in conjunction with a ten-part television
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Over 45 years ago, when I was about 10, I read a little book called Zoo Quest to Guyana by David Attenborough. Twenty years later I watched his PBS series Life on Earth. Although I have not seen the TV series associated with this book, I am sure it is excellent. Although he is now over 80, Attenborough writes and speaks with enthusiasm about the natural world. He always adds fascinating little details about the mammal he is writing about, be it platypus, sloth, or naked mole rat and the photos are superb. If you can find a copy of his Zoo Quest books, you will find him to be a wonderful travel writer as well.