A beautiful large-format history of a surprisingly fragile Eden. 'A journey to Antarctica changes your life. It forces you to take a long hard look at the state of our planet and its last wild places!Antarctica promises man the chance to do something that he has never done before -- commit to the preservation of a vast wilderness, simply because it exists.' Best known for their African safaris, Jonathan and Angela Scott's other passion lies in their travels to Antarctica. When the sun sets at the end of a hot day in the Mara-Serengeti, they long for the austere and beautiful landscape of the Antarctic. A journey to the southern ocean offers an array of emblematic creatures -- penguins, albatrosses, seals and whales. A spectacular number of birds flock to the breeding colonies there each year, and whales gather in the southern oceans to feed during the Antarctic summer making it the perfect location for whale watching. But the recent boom in tourism is only the latest in a long history of man's attempt to own and exploit this icy wilderness.
Weaving together the discovery stories of explorers such as Cook, Shackleton, Scott and Amundsen, with the ecological stories of whaling, mining and the greenhouse effect, the Scotts reveal man's impact on this remote and austere sanctuary for wildlife.
Presenter, author and photographer Jonathan Scott has written a number of books including Mara-Serengeti (together with Angie), Dawn to Dusk, Kingdom of Lions and the Big Cat Diary trilogy published by Collins. Jonathan is a previous winner of the BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year award, and his and Angie's stunning photographs appeared in the Big Cat Diary series of books. Angie Scott was born and raised in Africa, and was BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year in 2002. Her love of Africa's wild places, photography and art has found the perfect outlet since she met Jonathan. They have been able to share their enthusiasm for East Africa and Antarctica alike.