Professor Penguin: Discovery and Adventure with Penguins

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Part memoir, partly the research of a field biologist, Professor Penguin could be called 'How Penguins Shaped My Life'. Based on journals kept during Davis's years of working with penguins in the wild, the story takes readers to remote locations: Antarctica, the Galapagos, the deserts of Chile and Peru, the Falkland Islands, the wild coasts of Argentina and South Africa, and New Zealand. Davis, a world authority on penguins, reveals that these box-office favorites are not the cute 'mate for life' animals we've been led to believe. He also reveals that penguins are a lot like humans sometimes disturbingly so when it comes to their basic needs: sex, food, shelter, marriage, family and travel. Over the years that Davis studies penguins, he realizes that they are far more complex and nuanced than he imagines at his first encounter. He expertly marries scientific knowledge with his own anecdotes told with humor, hard-earned knowledge and insight. He also includes stories about those who have helped advance our knowledge of penguins—other "Professor Penguins." Implicit throughout is Davis's philosophy—the more we learn about the natural world, and specifically penguins, the more we learn about ourselves. And he asks: is the isolation of Antarctica sufficient to protect penguins from us?
vance our knowledge of penguins —other 'Professor Penguins'.

Implicit throughout is Davis's philosophy – the more we learn about the natural world, and specifically penguins, the more we learn about ourselves. And he asks: Is the isolation of Antarctica sufficient to protect penguins from us? - See more at: http://www.randomhouse.co.nz/books/lloyd-spencer-davis/professor-penguin-9781775537250.aspx#sthash.ZSAiOKLH.dpufvance our knowledge of penguins —other 'Professor Penguins'.

Implicit throughout is Davis's philosophy – the more we learn about the natural world, and specifically penguins, the more we learn about ourselves. And he asks: Is the isolation of Antarctica sufficient to protect penguins from us? - See more at: http://www.randomhouse.co.nz/books/lloyd-spencer-davis/professor-penguin-9781775537250.aspx#sthash.ZSAiOKLH.dpuf

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Lloyd Spencer Davis received the PEN (NZ) Best First Book Award for Non-fiction for Penguin: A Season in the Life of the Adelie Penguin. His next book, The Plight of the Penguin, won Book of the Year at the 2002 NZ Post Children's Book Awards, as well as winning the non-fiction category at the same awards. He received a CLL Writer's Award,  New Zealand's most significant award for the support of nonfiction, for Looking for Darwin, which also won the Runner's Up Award as the New Zealand Travel Book of the Year. Other publications include Smithsonian Q&A Penguins, commissioned by the Smithsonian Institution, and Penguins of New Zealand. Lloyd is a director and scriptwriter of natural history documentaries his films having won 12 international awards to date. He has been a recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship, an Anzac Fellowship and a Prince and Princess of Wales Science Award.

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