Bushmaster: Raymond Ditmars and the Hunt for the World's by Dan Eatherley
By Dan Eatherley
Raymond Ditmars (1876–1942), the 1st curator of reptiles at New York’s recognized Bronx Zoo, introduced cold-blooded animals to public consciousness as by no means earlier than. via wildly winning books and films, he encouraged a iteration of zoologists along with his fascination for snakes, bugs, and different misunderstood creatures.
Ditmars used to be one of the so much celebrated naturalists in the US. His reptile-collecting journeys for the zoo spawned newspaper headlines the world over. even though a serpent lover, he was once all too conscious of the devastating results of snakebites and was once instrumental within the improvement of antivenom. His motion pictures and writings introduced him popularity, yet he remained a faithful zoo worker, doing what he enjoyed so much: taking care of animals.
Bushmaster tells the tale of this notable guy and what grew to become an obsession with the mysterious bushmaster of the South American rainforest. Measuring as much as 13 ft in size, this can be the world’s biggest viper, and its medical identify, Lachesis muta, interprets as “silent fate.” regardless of a number of expeditions to jungles from Honduras to Brazil, Ditmars may perhaps by no means seize a bushmaster for himself.
Now, British writer Dan Eatherley follows in Ditmars’s footsteps, revisiting his early haunts within the usa and South the United States. He makes an attempt to do what Ditmars himself did not in achieving: to discover a bushmaster within the wild. yet 80 years later, will Dan have any longer good fortune? during the author’s personal quest, Bushmaster finds the lifetime of a pioneer herpetologist, natural world filmmaker, and zoo curator.
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