Brett Westwood meets a rhinoceros nose to nose and is blown away - by the sense of wonder engendered by this prehistoric-looking yet gentle and water-loving animal.
Brett Westwood meets a rhinoceros nose to nose and is blown away - by the sense of wonder engendered by this prehistoric-looking yet gentle and water-loving animal. Rhinos are now being wiped out at a frightening rate but when they first arrived in Europe they were hailed as the unicorn made manifest. With the help of zoologist Mark Carwardine, author of The Pope's Rhinoceros Lawrence Norfolk, rhino historian Kelly Enright and poet Kate Sutherland Brett traces the strange history of the relationship between rhinoceros and man.
With readings by Lia Williams of extracts from Rhinoceros Odyssey from How to Draw A Rhinoceros by Kate Sutherland, and Rhinoceros by Adrian Stoutenburg.
Producer Beth O'Dea.
Mark presented the six-part BBC-TV series Last Chance to See with actor and comedian Stephen Fry in search of endangered species as they followed in the footsteps of a similar journey Mark made with Douglas Adams, author of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, 20 years earlier.
He has also written more than 50 books on a variety of wildlife, travel and conservation subjects and presented the weekly half-hour programme Nature on BBC Radio 4 and the daily Environment News bulletin for Steve Wright in the Afternoon, on BBC Radio 1.
Dr Kelly Enright
She is Assistant Professor of History, Director of Public History at the at St Flagler College in Florida, USA and is currently examining memorials to extinct species.
He is a winner of the Somerset Maugham Award and the Budapest Festival Prize for Literature. His books have been shortlisted for the IMPAC Prize, the James Tait Black Memorial Award and the Wingate / Jewish Quarterly Prize for Literature. His latest novel is John Saturnall’s Feast (2012).
Professor Kate Sutherland
She has written several literary pieces, including “The Necklace” in The New Quarterly, Winter (1997), Summer Reading: A Collection of Short Fiction (Saskatoon: Thistledown Press, 1995), and “Lucia” in Prairie Fire (1992).
She has worked with one-horned rhinos since they first came to the park in early 2010 and adores each of the rhinos with their individual characteristics and unique quirks. Looking after them is hard work but very rewarding, and Shelley looks forward to going to work to see them each day.