By Mark Carwardine
EPUB eISBN: 9780007525843
Original ebook: 2009
Electronic ebook: 2014
Authored & photographed by way of: Mark Carwadine
Foreward via: Stephen Fry
subscribe to zoologist Mark Carwardine and Britain's best-loved wit and raconteur, Stephen Fry, as they keep on with of their nice buddy Douglas Adams' footsteps, looking for a number of the rarest and such a lot threatened animals on the earth. two decades in the past, zoologist Mark Carwardine teamed up with the overdue Douglas Adams (author of The Hitch Hiker's consultant to the Galaxy) and jointly they launched into a groundbreaking day trip, vacationing the globe looking for a few of the world's such a lot endangered animals. Now Mark has teamed up with certainly one of Douglas's closest acquaintances – comedian genius Stephen Fry – to work out how all these animals were faring within the years in view that. In final likelihood to work out, and the accompanying significant BBC tv sequence, we stick to the not going duo on six separate trips which take them from the steamy jungles of the Amazon to the ice-covered mountain tops of latest Zealand and from the sting of a struggle sector in crucial Africa to a sub-tropical paradise within the North Pacific. alongside the best way, they look for a number of the most eldritch, such a lot impressive and so much stricken creatures in the world: a wide, black, sleepy animal simply wrong for an surprisingly listless mudbank, a parrot with a track like an unreleased selection of red Floyd studio outtakes, a rhino with sq. lips, a dragon with lethal saliva, an animal approximately the size of a Boeing 737 and the creature probably to emerge from the shipment doorways of a spaceship.A specific perception into the disappearing international round us, this is often their hilarious, wonderful, informative and thought-provoking story.
About the Author
Mark Carwardine is a zoologist, author, photographer, advisor and broadcaster with a different curiosity in marine flora and fauna. He has written greater than forty books, together with numerous bestsellers, and provides a large choice of ordinary historical past programmes on BBC Radio four. A prepared diver for a few years, he leads shark and whale-watching vacation trips to many components of the realm and is an ardent supporter of a number of natural world conservation corporations. comedian genius and Renaissance guy, Stephen Fry is author, actor, comic, broadcaster, director and librettist. He was once voted one of the all time most sensible 50 comedians via fellow comedians and ranked sixth within the BBC's most sensible dwelling Icon awards.
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