Around the World in Eighty Turtles and Tortoises
Original title: Mon tour du Monde en 80 tortues
A wonderful tale of adventure following chelonians from Ethiopia to South Africa and from Bangladesh to Sudan by way of the Galapagos and the Aldabra Atoll penned by the founder and director of the Villages des Tortues conservation centers.
This book relates a series of adventures that the author—an avid naturalist and traveler—experienced in fifty different countries as he sought out the animals that most fascinate him: turtles and tortoises. Each chapter sketches a more or less perilous expedition in countries off the beaten track such as Sudan, Bangladesh, Malawi, and Uzbekistan. During his travels, the author encounters isolated ethnic groups including Aboriginal people in Australia, Fula people in Senegal, and Arawak people in French Guiana. He and his photographer sometimes find themselves on the verge of catastrophe: the author nearly died twice, once on Aldabra Atoll and once in Madagascar.
In the end, the author’s passion for these rare and endangered species prevails. The book is a tale of adventurous exploration that brings readers along for quite a few extraordinary and riveting situations, but it’s also a naturalist manifesto that promotes environmental conservation and the protection of endangered animals.
- Forty years of expeditions all over the world, including lesser-known countries, to study the world’s turtles and tortoises.
- A plethora of surprising and fascinating anecdotes on chelonians.
- By an expert author, founder and director of the Villages des Tortues conservation centers (over 15,000 copies of his books sold by Editions Delachaux et Niestlé.