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Zoo Quest : Zoo Quest to Guiana  (1955)

Also known as: Programme 1
Charles Lagus filming Zoo Quest to Guiana, with young coati on tripod

Zoo Quest to Guiana was the second of the long-running Zoo Quest series to feature David Attenborough as full-time presenter, his talents having been spotted on the previous series, Zoo Quest to Sierra Leone (1954), when at the last minute he had to stand in for the intended host Jack Lester who had fallen ill.  His "gift as a storyteller was plainly evident" according to Chris Parsons, one of the co-founders of the BBC Natural History Unit, and his boyish charms and enthusiasm instantly appealed to audiences of all ages.

Providing an engaging account of London Zoo's collecting expedition to South America, this opening episode charts the arrival of the team and the first creatures they encounter in Guiana's thick forests. Studio based, the footage is interspersed with impressive photography from the trip, a three-toed sloth is seen with her newly arrived infant and Attenborough introduces a film about the highly developed leaf cutting ant.

A typical episode of this comprehensive series, Zoo Quest to Guiana confirmed Attenborough's skill as a natural history presenter and its success paved the way for numerous future installments. Indeed, over the next ten years Attenborough, together with his award-winning cameraman Charles Lagus, went on to explore many more exotic places searching for the most rare and elusive species.

Copyright holder

Copyright Holder: BBC - Natural History Unit
Address: c/o BBC Motion Gallery
Room E251
Woodlands
80 Wood Lane
London
W12 0TT
Telephone: +44 (0) 20 8433 2861 / 2
Email: motiongallery.uk@bbc.co.uk
Website: http://www.bbcmotiongallery.com

Film credits

Presenter: David Attenborough
Photography: Charles Lagus BSC.
Interviewee: Dr. L. Harrison Matthews
Editor: Enid Mansell
Director: Rex Moorfoot
Production Organisation: BBC - Natural History Unit

Related links

Zoo Quest : Zoo Quest to Madagascar (1961)
Christopher Parsons
David Attenborough
Charles Lagus BSC.
Clips
The first view of Guiana
The first view of Guiana
The chase is on...
The chase is on...
A life in slow motion
A life in slow motion
Miniature life on the forest floor
Miniature life on the forest floor
Stills
Charles Lagus filming Zoo Quest to Guiana, with young coati on tripod
Charles Lagus filming Zoo Quest to Guiana,...
David Attenborough recording egret song and Charles Lagus filming, for Zoo Quest to Guiana
David Attenborough recording egret song and...
Charles Lagus filming in forest for Zoo Quest to Guiana
Charles Lagus filming in forest for Zoo Quest...
David Attenborough with a giant anteater
David Attenborough with a giant anteater
Charles Lagus with a mata mata turtle
Charles Lagus with a mata mata turtle