What a fascinating book. The author describes his adventures (and misadventures) in a variety of far-flung places as diverse as the Saudi Desert and the Niger River, though some are as close to home as Pembrokeshire and the New Forest. He is in search of facts and figures in relation to species that are often exotic or endangered but always interesting. These include vultures, honeyguides, European bison, wild turkeys, black rhino, Arabian oryx, monk seals and the collection of eiderdown in Iceland.
The stories are beautifully told and demonstrate not only an incredible knowledge of wildlife word-wide but of the influence, good or bad, of humans on some species and their habitat. The author, a scientist, puts across his knowledge in plain language and with more than a hint of humour.
Gone Wild is a world tour for wildlife enthusiasts and is a book I would thoroughly recommend.
Whittles Publishing, Dunbeath, Caithness, KW6 6EG. www.whittlespublishing.com £16.99