By Tim Flannery
Twenty-five years in the past, a tender Australian museum curator named Tim Flannery got down to study the fauna of the Pacific Islands. beginning with a survey of 1 of the main inaccessible islands in Melanesia, the younger scientist discovered himself ghost whispering, snake wrestling and Quadoi searching looking for a small bat that became out to not be earthshatteringly interesting.
With debts of researching, naming and infrequently consuming new mammal species; being thwarted or aided by means of neighborhood customs; and historical clinical expeditions, Flannery, now one of many world’s best environmentalists, takes us on a captivating trip via the most assorted and magnificent locations on the earth.
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Among the Islands by Tim Flannery