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    Every Creeping Thing: True Tales of Faintly Repulsive Wildlife: “Conniff is a splendid writer–fresh, clear, uncondescending, and with never a false step; one can’t resist quoting him.” (NY Times Book Review)

    The Species Seekers:  Heroes, Fools, and the Mad Pursuit of Life on Earth by Richard Conniff is “a swashbuckling romp” that “brilliantly evokes that just-before Darwin era” (BBC Focus) and “an enduring story bursting at the seams with intriguing, fantastical and disturbing anecdotes” (New Scientist). “This beautifully written book has the verve of an adventure story” (Wall St. Journal)

    Swimming with Piranhas at Feeding Time by Richard Conniff  is “Hilariously informative…This book will remind you why you always wanted to be a naturalist.” (Outside magazine) “Field naturalist Conniff’s animal adventures … are so amusing and full color that they burst right off the page …  a quick and intensely pleasurable read.” (Seed magazine) “Conniff’s poetic accounts of giraffes drifting past like sail boats, and his feeble attempts to educate Vervet monkeys on the wonders of tissue paper will leave your heart and sides aching.  An excellent read.” (BBC Focus magazine)

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Richard Conniff’s Bio Note

Posted by Richard Conniff on February 14, 2007

Richard Conniff has collected tarantulas in the Peruvian Amazon, tracked leopards with !Kung San hunters in the Namibian desert, climbed the Mountains of the Moon in western Uganda, and trekked through the Himalayas of Bhutan in pursuit of tigers and they mythical migur. His latest book​ is ​House of Lost Worlds: Dinosaurs, Dynasties, and The Story of Life on Earth (Yale 2016). ​He ​is a National Magazine Award-​winning writer for Smithsonian, The Atlantic, National Geographic, and other publications​​, and a past Guggenheim Fellow.​ His other books include The Species Seekers:  Heroes, Fools, and the Mad Pursuit of Life on Earth (Norton, 2010), Swimming with Piranhas at Feeding Time:  My Life Doing Dumb Stuff with Animals (Norton, 2009), The Natural History of the Rich: A Field Guide (Norton, 2002) and The Ape in the Corner Office: How to Make Friends, Win Fights and Work Smarter by Understanding Human Nature (Crown, 2006).  He has been a frequent commentator on NPR’s Marketplace, and is a contributing opinion writer for The New York TimesHe has written and presented television shows for the National Geographic Channel, TBS, and the BBC, among others.



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