By Mark Carwardine

A stunning and engaging portrait of the world's such a lot severe flora and fauna, from the sexiest beast to the smelliest plant.The world's so much devious plant, the biggest flock of birds, the most important drug person, the main risky love-life...here is a amazing consultant to the most eldritch and such a lot awesome natural world on our planet.

Lavishly illustrated, this can be a attractive publication to possess in addition to an unputdownable read.The entries are quirky but informative, concentrating on unmarried species with weird and wonderful existence and bold adaptations.

The major booklet involves over one hundred fifty entries, organised into 4 sections: severe progress, severe talents, severe stream and severe Families.Intelligently written, it really is geared toward all people with an curiosity in wildlife.

While assuming no earlier wisdom at the a part of its readers, it's nonetheless scientifically rigorous adequate to captivate each expert.

Big in layout and scope, it's a wonderful and interesting portrait of the normal wonders of our planet.

EXTREMITIES INCLUDE...

smelliest plant
best water-walker
longest migration
hairiest animal
best surfer
tiniest mammal
longest tongue
fastest swimmer
sharpest feel of smell
strangest society
hottest animal
flashiest males
slimiest animal
fastest digger
loudest poultry call
slipperiest plant
stickiest skin
deadliest love-life
largest animal ever
oldest leaves
fattest carnivore
deepest-living animal
sleepiest animal

About the Author

Mark Carwardine is a zoologist who completed common attractiveness for his final likelihood to work out conservation expeditions with Douglas Adams, first aired on BBC Radio four in 1990. seeing that then he has develop into a number one and outspoken conservationist, and a prolific broadcaster, columnist and photographer.

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The landing was no more difficult than stepping off the back of a rocking-horse on to a nursery table, but the way even that apparently gentle swell could grind the dinghy against the rocks, made you fully aware of the bone-crushing results if you were to miss your footing and place a leg between the boat and the shore. However, both we and the gear were landed without mishap. Picking up our various baskets and bags, we followed Wahab and Tony up the slope between the strangely sculptured pinnacles of rock.

Our military force had brought with them, as well as torches, nets and a portable searchlight, an enormous milk churn of tea, without which – as history relates – no British soldier or soldier trained by the British can possibly function smoothly and efficiently in outwitting and defeating the enemy. Making sure we all had our strange equipment, we set off in single file along a narrow path through the waist-high scrub, so laden with rain that we were soaked to the skin within a hundred yards. 37 Golden Bats and Pink Pigeons_INS37 37 04/06/2007 17:38:42 GOLDEN BATS AND PINK PIGEONS Presently, the path dipped down into the valley and we were walking through a jungle of straight Chinese guava stems, interspersed here and there with a twisted, black ebony tree, or a group of Traveller’s palms, like neat eighteenth-century fans whose handles had been stuck in the ground.

He said, uncertainly. ‘Yeah, we’re looking for one,’ Dave explained, oblivious. ’ asked ‘Mr Big’, determined to get it right. ’ 31 Golden Bats and Pink Pigeons_INS31 31 04/06/2007 17:38:39 Golden Bats and Pink Pigeons_INS32 32 04/06/2007 17:38:40 MACABEE AND THE DODO TREE Again ‘Mr Big’ carefully examined Dave and the kestrel in close proximity. He closed his eyes again and then opened them, obviously hoping that the hawk could have vanished – it hadn’t. He was in a quandary. Was the hawk a figment of his marijuanainflamed imagination?

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