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By: Pete Oxford

Trampled by Tapir and Other Tales from a Globe-Trotting Naturalist

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Pete Oxford is an award-winning photographer with images and stories appearing in the likes of National Geographic, BBC Wildlife, Time and Outdoor Photography Magazine – which named him one of the top 40 most influential nature photographers in the world. He has travelled to each continent many times. Wearing different hats, he has been privileged to know many of the world’s most remote and pristine destinations as a professional wildlife photographer, an expedition leader on adventure tourism ships, a professional naturalist and on his own personal quests. Pete has a deep knowledge of all things natural and you will find yourself enthralled by this collection of short stories from his exhaustive travels. At times you will laugh out loud at the hilarity of the tales, then be blindsided by a short, thought-provoking sentence. Pete reveals his most embarrassing moments, his fears, his triumphs, his insights and his uninhibited passion for the wild. It is an inspiration to immerse yourself on a journey of adventure and discovery in the natural world.


Pete Oxford is an award-winning conservation photographer specialising in conservation issues, wildlife and indigenous cultures around the world. With his wife, Reneé, they also organise bespoke travel, for small groups, to some of the world’s top wildlife and cultural destinations. They have worked many times on every continent. This book is a collection of short stories from their exhaustive travels, some with clients and some alone. At times, you will laugh out loud at the hilarity of the tales, then be blind-sided by a short, thought-provoking sentence. Pete reveals his most embarrassing moments, his fears, his triumphs, his insights and his uninhibited passion for the wild. He is a very knowledgeable naturalist and has spent his life in the company of wildlife. He is often asked, what does it take to be an international photographer capturing unique images of endangered wildlife. This book has many of the answers, however, it is not in the least a ‘how to’ book but rather the adventures that life has taken him on whilst in pursuit of experiencing the breadth of this vulnerable planet, since before he even used a camera.

Customer Reviews
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  • Mat Phillips

    Wow- this book grabs you by the throat from page one and hurls you dizzily around the globe from one incredible adventure to the next. It feels as if it was written in one sitting, and that is the way to read is not polished, but it is brutally honest, from the moment Oxford's new diet in Ecuador causes underpants chaos in chapter one, to the desperate and embarrassing rescue of overweight, a lovelorn tourist who was falling down a dangerous scree slope. His description of life on a Taiwanese squid boat is terrifying. It reads like Gerald Durrell on acid or an off-road Kerouac. Oxford is an incredible wildlife photographer and nature guide, and this book charts a manic love triangle between the author, Mother Nature and Planet Earth. Inspiring, hilarious and authentic. If you dream of adventure, love wildlife and the people who still live with nature, then this is a book for you.

  • Sue C

    A brilliant read. A great mix of laughing out loud, jaw dropping and deep thought. So many tales in one book, literally transporting the reader all over the world Petes vast knowedge, experience and passion for wildlife and our natural environment are openly shared and palpable. I highly recommend this book and hope there will be a sequel.

  • Amazon Customer

    The best book I have read in a considerable time. If you simply want a light read then there is lots of interest and loads of laughs. If you want information on interesting places in the world, animals and societies, it is packed with excitement and detail. Above all, Pete Oxford's deep interest in the natural world and the desire to investigate and protect it. He has been to places you will never visit but it will grab you with amazement. He is not shy to share awkward and embarrassing details. You must read this book.

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