The man who ate the zoo : Frank Buckland, forgotten hero of natural history / by Richard Girling.
Publication year: 2016
Publisher: London : Chatto & Windus,
ISBN: 9781784740405 (hbk.) :
Frank Buckland was an extraordinary man - a surgeon, a natural historian, a sell-out lecturer, a bestselling writer, a museum curator - and a conservationist, before the concept even existed. Eccentric, revolutionary, popular, prolific, he was one of the 19th century's authentic geniuses. He was obsessed by food security and finding ways to feed the hungry (the book recounts his many unusual experiments), and by protecting our fisheries (he can be credited with saving British fish from commercial extinction). He was one of the most original, far-sighted and influential natural scientists of his time, held as high in public esteem as Charles Darwin. 'The Man Who Ate the Zoo' is no conventional biography, but rather a journey back into Buckland's life, a hunt for this forgotten man.
392 pages : illustrations (black and white) ; 23 cm
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