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ADVENTURES OF A YOUNG NATURALIST

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One look at the cover and all lovers of animals will be hooked as will all lovers of Sir David Attenborough’s television shows. Amongst them this reviewer, so you will understand that a positive comment is coming up.

In 1954, when David Attenborough was a newly appointed television presenter on the BBC, he was asked by the London Zoo, to travel the world to try to discover new species for their collection. Added to this, at his suggestion, the BBC would

use any film he managed to capture of elusive creatures in the wild.

The program was named simply ZooQuest, and was a hit from its first showing.

In this hardback edition of Attenborough’s first book, we go with him on his magic carpet to Guyana, Indonesia and Paraguay. It’s quite a ride.

Television audiences were introduced to the strange threetoed sloth, odd chameleons and the Komodo dragon.

That dragon happens to be my favourite, as I remember seeing it for the first time in the Melbourne zoo and being captivated as were millions around the world, via BBC television. There’s a new introduction to help the reader understand the reasons behind those early voyages, and many wonderful photographs a few in glowing colour.

These “zoo quest” expeditions come to life, as the author/naturalist writes in his own charming style, with flashes of humour bringing to each reader a sense of having been part of each exploration including the problems!

ADVENTURES OF A YOUNG NATURALIST by DAVID ATTENBOROUGH PUBLISHED by

HACHETTE for a recommended $39.99