Thursday, May 7, 2009
Award-winning nature writer Richard Conniff tells one adventurous tale after another in his new book Swimming With Piranhas At Feeding Time: My Life Doing Dumb Stuff with Animals.
Maureen Cavanaugh: We share this planet with a host of living creatures we hardly know. We may have named most kinds of animals and insects, we may know what many of them look like, but much of our understanding of their behavior is made up of a mix of truth and fantasy. Luckily, one nature writer's fantasy is to find out the truth about animals. Richard Conniff has been hanging out with exotic wildlife all over the world, along with investigating some tiny critters perhaps too close to home. And in the tradition of truth being stranger and often funnier than fiction, he's observed amazing things about the way living creatures really behave.
Richard Conniff is an award-winning nature writer and frequent commentator on NPR. His eighth and latest book is a collection of essays called Swimming With Piranhas at Feeding Time: My Life Doing Dumb Stuff with Animals.