Name ID 34
Douglas-Hamilton, Iain and Oria Among the Elephants
Extract Date: 1967
David Attenborough came with a BBC television unit to film the work of scientists at the Serengeti Research Institute, and spent time with Iain Douglas-Hamilton at Manyara. Their land-rover was nearly turned over by a charging rhino.
Extract Author: David Attenborough
Page Number: letters page
Extract Date: December 19, 2002
George Monbiot accuses me of propagating fakes on the grounds that every natural history programme I make is not about ecological politics and conservation (Planet of the fakes, December 17).
There is a science called zoology. People study it at universities because they are deeply interested in the nature of other animals, the way they live and the processes of evolution that have brought them into existence. The present BBC 1 series, The Life of Mammals, is I hope catering for the same interest among viewers.
The last series for which I was responsible, The State of the Planet, assessed the present ecological crisis. The final programme in the Mammals series, which deals with the great apes, examines among other things how it is that one of them, mankind, has come to dominate the earth. But to suggest that every natural history programme should be devoted to this aspect of the natural world, or indeed must always make reference to it, is like suggesting that human beings are only interesting or worthy of television documentaries if they are sick and injured.