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Zoo Quest to Guiana

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David Attenborough's zoo quest to British Guiana to find animals and record them on film in their native habitat.
Hardcover, 210 pages
Published 1958 by The Reprint Society (first published 1956)
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Judy
Sep 13, 2015 Judy rated it really liked it
While my daughter was reading this book, she kept telling me, "Mom, you'll love this book!" And,
...she was right!

The book centers around an expedition of a couple of English gentlemen whose quest is to visit Guiana with the objective of collecting animal specimen and film documentation of others. While this book was written a half century or more ago, it's captivating and culturally interesting from both the perspective of how the Amerindians and others lived back then and how the non-native res
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Gill
Dec 02, 2012 Gill rated it really liked it
I must have read this book about David Attenborough's second animal-collecting expedition in Guiana. The London Zoo and BBC helped the expedition and the book was to have been co-authored by Mr. Lester who first took Attenborough on an collecting expedition to the Tropics. Unfortunately he contracted a disease whilst they were collecting and subsequently died.
It strikes me that conservation and the dissemination of knowledge and enthusiasm for wildlife preservation would have been very differen
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Michael David
Mar 13, 2017 Michael David rated it really liked it
David Attenborough's been a fixture of wildlife studies for the past sixty years. Although he has had to be more sedentary because of his increasing age, he has maintained a passion and an appreciation for the animal kingdom that has remained undiminished.

In this book, he narrates his adventures while in Guiana, both with animals and with people. There are humorous occurrences interspersed with tragedies such as snakebites and chigger infestations. He's made me read about animals I didn't reall
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Amanda
Jul 09, 2013 Amanda rated it really liked it
As an animal lover this book made me cry. Reading about wild animals being trapped, penned, and shipped away from their homes in the South American jungle to live a life of captivity in a noisy urban jungle being gawked at by hordes of curious Londoners and being teased by little children saddened me.
Still, I feel this book deserves 4 stars. When I picked it up I feared that it was going to be a dry, scientific account of animals found in Guyana, filled with long Latin names and lists of specie
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Carol
Nov 08, 2013 Carol rated it really liked it
A book from another world, written back in 1956 in the early days of BBC wildlife programmes when collecting animals for London Zoo was still the norm. A book that follows their expedition round Guinana at a time when travelling to some of these areas was still difficult to film wildlife in their natural settings, with cameras that had film that in the heat and humidity was prone to growing its own ecosystem!!

Even so David Attenborough shows where his current thinking stems from and produces a b
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David
Jun 05, 2013 David rated it really liked it
Shelves: travel, non-fiction
Zoo Quest to Guiana, 1956, is a vivid first hand account by David Attenborough of an expedition to Guyana, then British Guiana. There was also a BBC television series of the same name, which was the prototype for modern nature documentaries. Guyana in the 1950's is an eclectic, tropical place with wild frontier areas and rich biodiversity. The book is entertaining and well written, and highly recommended for fans of nature documentaries or travel/adventure memoirs.
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Sir David Frederick Attenborough is a naturalist and broadcaster, who is most well-known for writing and presenting the nine "Life" series, produced in conjunction with BBC's Natural History Unit. The series includes Life on Earth (1979), The Living Planet (1984), The Trials of Life (1990), Life in the Freezer (about Antarctica; 1993), The Private Life of Plants (1995), The Life of Birds (1998), T ...more
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