David Attenborough: Zoo Quest for a Dragon | Seeking the Komodo dragon in Indonesia
Document Type | Letter
28 July 1958
David Attenborough explains to a reader of 'The Sphere' magazine (an illustrated journal published weekly from 1900 to 1964) why 'Zoo Quest' could not bring back a Komodo dragon. From this document, it is clear that the 'Zoo Quest' team had found themselves in the early stages of an intense conflict, complicated by the region's colonial history.
Komodo dragons currently reside at London Zoo and can be viewed through 'dragon proof' glass. They were introduced in 2004 as part of a European conservation programme. One dragon by the name of Raja is up for adoption (though not to be taken home) as a means of raising money for the conservation of its own and other vulnerable species. David Attenborough opened the Komodo dragon house in 2004, where he met some of the staff who had worked with him on 'Zoo Quest'.
The first episode of a six-part series in which David Attenborough searches for the Komodo dragon.
David Attenborough's search for rare animals in Borneo continues.
David Attenborough travels through Java on his journey towards Komodo.
David Attenborough's search for rare animals reaches Bali.
The 'Zoo Quest' team wander off the beaten track on the beautiful island of Bali.
David Attenborough arrives on the island of Komodo hoping to discover its secrets.
David Attenborough shares his memories of 'Zoo Quest'.
David Attenborough proposes that the BBC should collaborate with London Zoo to make a natural history series filmed on location.
The costs and expenses of a major TV series in 1956.
David Attenborough's clothing budget on Zoo Quest.
Attenborough shares his frustrations over bureaucratic red tape in Indonesia.
An amused Head of Department replies to Attenborough's recent correspondence.
David Attenborough recounts his experiences so far, including malaria and cracked ribs, in the quest for a dragon.
A letter of thanks from David Attenborough to an associate in Indonesia.
David Attenborough sends a personal letter of thanks.
David Attenborough provides a formal review of the expedition for his boss.
The Monkey House at London Zoo sees an influx of visitors as a result of an episode of 'Zoo Quest'.
A report showing how viewers reacted to the last episode of 'Zoo Quest for a Dragon'.
Correspondence from David Attenborough explaining why he didn't bring back a Komodo dragon.
Photographs of David Attenborough from the 'Zoo Quest' years.
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