A South American trip for films, to be shown on England's BBC-TV, and specimens, to be viewed at the London Zoo, is the...

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ZOO QUEST IN GUIANA

A South American trip for films, to be shown on England's BBC-TV, and specimens, to be viewed at the London Zoo, is the basis of this collecting-adventuring report and, if it cannot achieve the best of Durrell's wanderings along similar lines, it does present -- once more -- the hazards, near-misses, and successes of observant, committed travelers. Working out of Georgetown, in British Guiana, the group tours the savannas, the rivers, the mountain lands, the jungles, the mining areas, and, besides their films and captures, comes out with tape recordings of natural sounds, tribal songs and ceremonies. So the tally includes, above and beyond the reptiles, birds, rodents, and allied tropical finds (no luck on the hoatzin or manatee), much of the everyday life among the Amerind villages, bush flying and boat travel, friendly encounters with district officers, ranchers and every type of native, and all had to be fitted into (or spread out over) planned (and unplanned) schedules. Know-how, in the naturalist field, both easy and hard, keeps this brisk and busy.

Pub Date: April 15, 1957

ISBN: N/A

Page Count: -

Publisher: Crowell

Review Posted Online: N/A

Kirkus Reviews Issue: April 1, 1957