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Swimming with Piranhas at Feeding Time

My Life Doing Dumb Stuff with Animals

Richard Conniff


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"Hilariously informative…This book will remind you why you always wanted to be a naturalist." —Outside

In this thrilling foray into the animal kingdom, Richard Conniff takes readers on an adventure-packed journey as he courts the most dangerous animals and lives to tell the tale. He lets African wild dogs sniff his neck to test the idea that they are vicious man-eaters, sticks his hand in a fire ant mound and does multiple takes for a pretty camerawoman on a television shoot, and flings chicken carcasses into piranha-infested waters to clock how quickly they disappear—before diving in himself. This collection offers a rare chance to go along on these death-defying treks and see life through the eyes of a bona-fide field naturalist.

Praise For Swimming with Piranhas at Feeding Time: My Life Doing Dumb Stuff with Animals

His joy and fascination…[are] contagious.
— Seed

Conniff writes with vibrancy and verve. His prose crackles with the leaves on an African savannah and shimmers with the sun on a Louisiana bayou.
— Sacramento Book Review

Bright entertainment from a great explainer of the lives of animals.
— Kirkus Reviews

W. W. Norton & Company, 9780393304572, 300pp.

Publication Date: June 28, 2010

About the Author

Richard Conniff, a Guggenheim Fellow and winner of the National Magazine Award, writes for Smithsonian and National Geographic and is a frequent commentator on NPR's All Things Considered and a guest columnist for the New York Times. His books include The Natural History of the Rich, Swimming with Piranhas at Feeding Time, and The Species Seekers. He lives in Old Lyme, Connecticut.