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Swimming with Piranhas at Feeding Time My Life Doing Dumb Stuff with Animals

Biography / Memoir
By: Richard Conniff
300 pages, no illustrations
Swimming with Piranhas at Feeding Time
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  • Swimming with Piranhas at Feeding Time ISBN: 9780393068931 Hardback Jun 2009 Usually dispatched within 4 days
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Field journalist Richard Conniff examines the lives of two-, four-, six-, and eight-legged creatures from around the globe, providing adventure-packed accounts of his many ill-advised forays into the animal kingdom. He pulls a 90-pound snapping turtle out of a Louisiana bayou, tracks leopards with Kung San hunters in the Namibian desert, and travels through the Himalayas in pursuit of tigers and the mythical migur. All in a day's work, he flings chicken carcasses into piranha-infested waters to clock how quickly they disappear before diving in himself, and then encounters a man stung by 120 different species of insects, ranking their pain the way Robert Parker ranks wine. Again and again, Conniff courts the most dangerous animals and lives to tell the tale. This collection offers a rare chance to accompany him on death-defying treks and see life through the lens of a bona-fide field naturalist.

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Richard Conniff, a Guggenheim Fellow and winner of the National Magazine Award, writes for Smithsonian and National Geographic and is a frequent commentator on NPR's "All Things Considered." He lives in Old Lyme, Connecticut.
Biography / Memoir
By: Richard Conniff
300 pages, no illustrations
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Conniff masterfully blends facts, anecdotes and a generous dollop of humour to present us with the beauty and complexity of wildlife...An excellent read. BBC Focus Magazine "...Richard Conniff's account of his adventures travelling the globe with researchers studying animal behaviour is as entertaining as the title suggests." New Scientist "Hilariously informative...This book will remind you why you always wanted to be a naturalist." Outside Magazine "...informative, engaging collection of short stories..." Real Travel "An excellent collection." Biologist
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