The Coto Donana, in the wilds of Andalucia in southern Spain, was once the ducal hunting preserve of a noble Spanish family....

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The Coto Donana, in the wilds of Andalucia in southern Spain, was once the ducal hunting preserve of a noble Spanish family. Now, privately owned and controlled, it is one of the few remaining wild life sanctuaries in Europe, and probably its most important. The Coto was the scene of three British scientific expeditions, in 1952, 1956 and 1957. Led by Guy Mountfort, Honorary Secretary of the British Ornithologists Union, the expeditions included such famous naturalists and photographers as Sir Julian and Lady Huxley, Lord and Lady Alanbrooks and Eric Hosking. The expedition photographed with still and movie cameras, and took recordings of the bird and animal life and the plants and insects of the region, with particular attention to their ecology. This enthusiastic account of their findings, written with humor and charm by the leader, and illustrated with Erie Hosking's photographs, reads like exciting adventure. There is a foreword by Lord Alanbrooke and appendices listing birds, mammals, amphibians and reptiles of the Coto and surrounding Andalucia.

Pub Date: Nov. 13, 1958

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Publisher: Houghton, Mifflin

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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Nov. 1, 1958