Adventures of a Young Naturalist: The Zoo Quest Expeditions

Adventures of a Young Naturalist: The Zoo Quest Expeditions

by David Attenborough


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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781635060690
Publisher: Mobius
Publication date: 05/01/2018
Pages: 400
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.60(d)

About the Author

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.

Table of Contents

Introduction vii

Book 1 Zoo Quest to Guyana

1 To Guyana 3

2 Tiny McTurk and Cannibal Fish 15

3 The Painted Cliff 28

4 Sloths and Snakes 42

5 Spirits in the Night 58

6 Shanties on the Mazaruni 79

7 Vampires and Gertie 92

8 Mr. King and the Mermaid 108

9 Return 124

Book 2 Zoo Quest for a Dragon

10 To Indonesia 131

11 The Faithful Jeep 142

12 Bali 157

13 The Animals of Bali 165

14 Volcanoes and Pickpockets 175

15 Arrival in Borneo 188

16 Charlie, the Orangutan 202

17 A Perilous Journey 215

18 The Island of Komodo 234

19 The Dragons 247

20 Postscript 258

Book 3 Zoo Quest in Paraguay

21 To Paraguay 263

22 The Decline of a Luxury Cruise 268

23 Butterflies and Birds 282

24 Nests on the Camp 307

25 Beasts in the Bathroom 321

26 Chasing a Giant 333

27 Ranch in the Chaco 345

28 Chaco Journey 359

29 A Second Search 373

30 Moving a Menagerie 383

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