The life of Sir David Attenborough

He spent his life sharing his passion for nature and telling the world about its fragile beauty. This is the life of Sir David Attenborough.

Presenter, naturalist, and ecologist

David Attenborough is an iconic figure when it comes to biodiversity. He was born on May 8, 1926, in a suburb of London. During World War II, his parents welcomed two Jewish refugees into their home. One of them gave David a piece of amber containing fossilized insects. From an early age, he was interested in the wild species around him. At just 7 years old, he had his own collection of butterflies. At 11, he sold newts and salamanders to the zoology department at the university nearby.

So, in 1945, it was only natural that he went to study geology and zoology at the University of Cambridge, where he obtained a degree in natural sciences. After his studies and two years of military service, he began writing natural science books for children. In 1952, he was hired as a producer for the BBC. In 1954, he hosted the documentary series “Zoo Quest” in which he followed teams from the London Zoo on their quest for wild animals. He became a celebrity and increasingly contributed to the evolution of wildlife documentaries.

In 1965, after a break to pursue a PhD in anthropology, he was appointed controller of BBC Two. A clause in his contract nevertheless allowed him to carry on filming all over the world. In 1979, he presented one of the most famous shows of his career: “Life on Earth”. In a now-classic episode, mountain gorillas began interacting with him.

For over 60 years, he has worked on numerous TV shows and documentaries, receiving numerous awards in the process. He also holds the record for the most honorary titles of the United Kingdom and over 20 species have been named in his honor, such as the Attenborosaurus. While filming in some of the most remote parts of the world, he became aware of the importance of environmental conservation. This commitment has increasingly grown stronger since then with his involvement in numerous environmental projects such as protecting butterflies and safeguarding parts of the Borneo rainforest transitioning towards renewable energies.


02/15/2020 9:28 AM
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  • Annapurna K.
    05/08/2020 02:02

    What an amazing life ....

  • Govinda K.
    04/25/2020 13:27

    😍😍😍 His voice is love ♥️. Thank you for your contribution towards NATURE. We will continue to save our MOTHER NATURE.

  • Sharan G.
    04/17/2020 11:55

    If anyone on this earth that should be cloned,it is this gentleman!

  • Kausam S.
    04/17/2020 04:50

    Amazing human being:)🌹

  • Janice S.
    04/16/2020 11:01


  • Brian G.
    04/15/2020 17:14

    He has produced some of the best nature series ever. His titles and awards are well deserved.

  • Khurram S.
    04/15/2020 11:02

  • Yuta Y.
    04/14/2020 02:59

    tu vois aimer des insectes peut très bien être le début d’une grande carrière!

  • Paul G.
    04/13/2020 02:17

    someone needs to check on him right now. We can't lose this international treasure.

  • Ebba F.
    04/12/2020 19:14

    Yes, nature is fragile.

  • Кароліна Ф.
    04/12/2020 18:54

    He is one of the most wonderful and amazing humans on Earth!!! <3

  • Karen C.
    02/26/2020 02:03

    He's a sellout making erroneous videos for climate hoax propaganda...

  • Niki d.
    02/19/2020 08:09

    For you 💕

  • Pawel S.
    02/18/2020 20:51

    Sir David Attenborough I just want to say a Big Thank You!!! For all the magical world we discover because of your passion !!! My dad always watching all your dokumenty which i grew up on now my son absolutely love it 😁😁 Thank You Thank You so much!!!

  • Aziz H.
    02/18/2020 20:13

    Wonderful man with soothing voice. I grew up watching his documentaries. Lovely personality. Bless

  • Sietse H.
    02/18/2020 08:36

    wat een held

  • Laura R.
    02/17/2020 15:54

    Been watching him forever, but I really like George Page too.

  • Lagle P.
    02/17/2020 14:59

    He is fantastic.. But why not Vegan? For The Animals? For The Nature?

  • Simona D.
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    02/17/2020 08:33