Brian Gill 152 pages softcover
Natural history museums contain many thousands of zoological specimens and each has a tale to tell √ often involving extraordinary people, daring explorations, unquenchable scientific curiosity, and strange coincidences. This perfectly presented book, with its engaging pictures, is rich in stories and unveils many secrets.
Read about: – the fate of a tortoise given as a gift by Captain Cook – the epic international voyage of the biggest known moa egg – the admiration induced by an ape from the jungles of Borneo – the barn owl of mysterious origins – the unfortunate fate of an angry young elephant – the quest to discover how a New Zealand heron turned up in a Florence museum – the strange arrival of an Australian banjo frog – and many other mind-boggling mysteries.
The author is a fabulous storyteller, and this book will be loved by museum-goers, animal-lovers, and anyone with a curiosity about the natural world.