'This is a great book for anyone who wants to vicariously travel like an old-fashioned adventurer and seeks to understand how far we have come in developing a protective attitude to wildlife.' New York Times
'A marvellous book ... unputdownable ... utterly engaging' Telegraph
In 1954, a young television presenter named David Attenborough 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.
Now 'the greatest living advocate of the global ecosystem' this is the story of the voyages that started it all. 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 The methods may be outdated now, but the fascination and respect for the wildlife, the people and the environment - and the importance of protecting these wild places - is not.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.
'An elegant and gently funny writer' Times
'His writing is as impressive and as enjoyable as his TV programmes and there can be no higher praise' Daily Express
A marvellous book ... unputdownable ... utterly engaging. (Telegraph)
An elegant and gently funny writer. (Damian Whitworth The Times)
His writing is as impressive and as enjoyable as his TV programmes and there can be no higher praise. (Daily Express)
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)
When I was a young boy I used to love turning on the television and watching David's programmes 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)
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 (Roger Lewis Daily Mail)