menu-home menu-films menu-people menu-oral-history menu-education menu-events menu-about
Corner Image
WildFilmHistory logo
WildFilmHistory » Home » Films » Two in the Bush: First Steps in a Jungle

Two in the Bush: First Steps in a Jungle  (1963)

Also known as: Programme 1
Jim Saunders (with camera), Jacquie and Gerald Durrell, and Chris Parsons (bottom left) on boat while filming for Two In The Bush

Two in the Bush follows intrepid conservationist, wildlife lover and award-winning novelist Gerald Durrell as he embarks on an extended animal collecting trip in Malaysia, Australia and New Zealand. A powerful conservation piece, Durrell and his first wife Jacquie track down a whole host of endangered species, providing an insight into these rare creatures while stressing the need to protect both them and their habitat.

With a wealth of wildlife co-existing within its boundaries, the couple explores the vast Taman Negara National Park that dominates the peninsular Malaysia. Through the world renowned cinematography of the BBC's Natural History Unit, First Steps in a Jungle brings to life the diversity of both the creatures and the land. Indian elephants roam through huge expanses, agile flying foxes traverse the forest canopies and gibbons showcase their speedy brachiation.

The first of seven episodes, First Steps in a Jungle is an engaging, emotive account of a fragile habitat struggling to survive. Passionate about wildlife preservation, Durrell used Two in the Bush to highlight conservation issues and bring them to the attention of the nation.

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

Director: Christopher Parsons
Producer: Christopher Parsons
Presenter: Gerald Durrell
Narrator: Gerald Durrell
Photography: Jim Saunders
Editor: Paul Khan
Production Organisation: BBC - Natural History Unit

Related links

Two in the Bush: The Animals that Vanished (1963)
Gerald Durrell
Clips
Journey to the jungle
Journey to the jungle
Malaysia's tree top acrobats
Malaysia's tree top acrobats
Jungle giants
Jungle giants
Stills
Jim Saunders (with camera), Jacquie and Gerald Durrell, and Chris Parsons (bottom left) on boat while filming for Two In The Bush
Jim Saunders (with camera), Jacquie and Gerald...