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Professor David Macdonald, of Witney, Oxfordshire,
has been Director of the Wildlife Conservation Research Unit at Oxford
University since founding it in 1986, and is also Senior Research Fellow in
Wildlife Conservation at Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford. He is Professor of
Wildlife Conservation at the University of Oxford, has held the A.D. White
Professorship at Cornell University in New York State, is Visiting Professor at
Imperial College, London and holds a D.Sc. from Oxford.
won the 2005 Dawkins Prize for Conservation, and in 2006 was awarded the
American Society of Mammalogistsí Merriam Award for outstanding contributions to
research; he has published over 300 refereed papers on aspects of mammalian
behaviour, ecology and conservation and has served on, or chaired, a variety of
committees. Currently he is Chairman of the Darwin Advisory Committee, a member
of the Council of English Nature and of the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust and VP
of the Wildlife Trusts. He is also on the Board of Natural England. Recently he
has been on the Council of the Zoological Society of London, of which he was a
Vice-President, as he was also of the RSPCA.
was founder of IUCN/SCC Canid Specialist Group, of which he was Chairman for 24
years, and is now an Emeritus Fellow of the IUCN/SSC. David Macdonald is also
known for his books and television documentaries. He has twice been awarded the
Natural History Author of the Year, and 500,000 copies of the first edition of
his Encyclopaedia of Mammals were printed worldwide.
documentary films include the seven-part BBC-1 series The Velvet Claw
(about carnivores) and his
Meerkats United has been watched by an estimated 500-million viewers.
officially founded the WildCRU (www.wildcru.org)
in 1986. The WildCRU has a mission to achieve practical solutions to
conservation problems: it undertakes original research on aspects of biology
relevant to wildlife conservation and environmental management. Its aim is to
meet the need for rigorous scientific study to underpin policy formation and
public debate of the many issues and problems that surround the conservation of
wildlife and their habitats.
Expedition to Borneo
|David Macdonald was 18 when he led
his first overseas expedition - to study bird flocks in the hills of Kashmir
- and 20 when in 1972 he led the zoological expedition to Borneo that is the
main story of this book. His youthful passion to write expressed itself in
copious diaries scrawled in the mangrove swamps by the light of a Tilley
lamp - these diaries, the substance of this story, tell not only of wondrous
places, people and animals, but also of how the world seemed to a young man
seeing it for the first time. David Macdonald had founded Oxford's Wildlife
Conservation Research Unit, published over 300 scientific papers, twice won
the Natural History Author of the Year award, and made prize-winning TV
documentaries such as The Night of the Fox, Meerkats United and the Velvet
Claw; he still travels widely, although the world is a different place.
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