Swimming with Piranhas at Feeding Time

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Richard Conniff, a Guggenheim Fellow, won the 1997 National Magazine Award for his writing in Smithsonian and the 1998 Wildscreen Prize for Best Natural History Television Script for the BBC programme Between Pacific Tides.

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

Led by an award-winning nature writer, Swimming with Piranhas at Feeding Time takes the reader on a thrilling journey deep in to the domains of strange—and often dangerous—animals. Richard Conniff examines the lives of two-, four-, six- and eight-legged creatures, providing adventure-packed accounts of his many ill-advised forays into the animal kingdom. He pulls a huge snapping turtle out of a Louisiana bayou, tracks leopards with i Kung San hunters in the Namibian desert and travels through the Himalayas in pursuit of tigers and the mythical migur. He flings chicken carcasses into piranha-infested waters to check how quickly they disappear before diving in himself and encounters a man stung by 120 different species of insects, ranking their pain the way that Robert Parker ranks a 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 and see life through the lens of a bona-fide field naturalist.

"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."

August 2010 • Paper • £11.99 • ISBN 978 0 393 30457 2 • 304pp • 140 x 210mm