La véritable tragédie de notre époque se déroule sous nos yeux, à l'échelle de la planète tout entière : la disparition de notre milieu naturel. Notre mode de vie actuel précipite la biodiversité vers un déclin certain, et cela s'est produit au cours de ma seule existence. De même qu'après Tchernobyl la ville ultramoderne de Prypiat est devenue inhabitable et fut désertée en l'espace de quarante-huit heures, il ne sera plus possible de vivre sur notre planète si nous épuisons ses écosystèmes.
"Voici mon témoignage et ma vision de l'avenir. Comment nous en sommes arrivés là et comment, si l'on agit maintenant, il est encore temps de sauver la vie sur Terre."
Drawn from Paradise is David Attenborough's journey through the cultural history of the birds of paradise, one of the most exquisite and extravagant, colourful and intriguing families of birds.
From the moment they were introduced to the European mind in the early sixteenth century, their unique beauty was recognised and commemorated in the first name that they were given - birds so beautiful must be birds from paradise.
In this unique exploration of a truly awe-inspiring family of birds which to this day is still shrouded in mystery, David Attenborough and Errol Fuller trace the natural history of these enigmatic birds through their depiction in western works of art throughout the centuries, featuring beautiful illustrations by such luminary artists as Jacques Barraband, William Hart, John Gould, Rubens and Breughel, to name but a few. Experienced ornithologists and general nature and art enthusiasts alike will delight in this journey of discovery of the world's most beautiful and mysterious birds.
THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTELLER'A marvellous book ... unputdownable ... utterly engaging' TelegraphIn 1954, a young television presenter 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. This is the story of those voyages. 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 The methods may be outdated now, but the fascination and respect for the wildlife, the people and the environment - and the importance of protecting these wild places - is not.Written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