“No one will protect what they don’t care about, and no one will care about what they have never experienced.” On his birthday we’re sending huge thanks to Sir #DavidAttenborough for being such an incredible advocate for the natural world
Released in 1979, Life On Earth was a watershed moment in natural history documentary making. David Attenborough travelled the world to trace the story of the evolution of life on the planet, employing new innovative techniques to capture rare animals on film and in doing so setting the benchmark by which all nature documentaries are judged.
In Rwanda, Attenborough and his crew were granted privileged access to film Dian Fossey’s research group of mountain gorillas. Originally intending to get close enough to narrate a piece about opposable thumbs, he threw away the script and ad-libbed when he found himself face-to-face with one of the females.
“There is more meaning and mutual understanding in exchanging a glance with a gorilla than with any other animal I know,” he whispered.
Anyone who has had the privilege of spending time with these creatures will tell you that that sentiment remains as true today.