A young television presenter named David Attenborough in 1954, was offered the opportunity of a lifetime. To travel the world finding rare animals for London Zoo’s collection, as well as filming 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. Or searching for Komodo dragons in Indonesia and armadillos in Paraguay. The team and David Attenborough battled with cannibal fish, tree porcupines and wild pigs. The methods may be outdated now, but the fascination and respect for the wildlife as well as the people and the environment and the importance of protecting these wild places – is not.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.