Simon’s career as a cameraman, producer and presenter of natural history films has taken him around the planet many times and led to the revelation of sights and natural events never recorded before. It has also brought him face to face with mortal dangers and comic encounters, both with animals and people.
Charged by enraged elephants, tossed by mountainous seas in the South Atlantic and attacked by a rabid cheetah, Simon has had many close shaves during the course of his career. But whether confronting lions armed only with a shovel and a dodgy stomach or helping to liberate an angry hyena from a deep pit, humour peppers his often hair-raising experiences.
What started as a boyhood obsession, boiling badger heads to preserve the skulls and pinning dead birds’ wings to his bedroom wall, has taken Simon to every continent on earth and made him one of the nation’s most beloved presenters of natural history. He writes with humour, candour and sometimes great sadness of his rich and varied life experiences to date.