James Fisher is the presenter of
this 1960s BBC Television series. World
Zoos visited more than 13 zoos a year to make this a highly
entertaining and educational piece of television. James Fisher
travelled to places such as Moscow, Lisbon, Stuttgart, Monte Carlo,
Wisconsin, Saskatchewan and Iceland during the making of the series.
James Fisher made more than 200 flights during the course of the three
year filming period.
World Zoos programmes were produced in the 1960s by
Nicholas Crocker (then head of outside broadcasts for the BBC,
west-region) and the shows were compiled at the BBC studios in Bristol.
The series was made by a very small unit, consisting of
Fisher, Nicholas Crocker and the camera crew.
On one occasion the World Zoos team visit Naples Zoo,
unique at the time, as it had a quarantine station within proximity to
the zoo. This facility enabled all hoofed animals, destined for
other European countries to be lodged and screened for infection before
their journey. One highlight for James Fisher whilst at Naples, was
arrival of a pair of rare antelopes, known as Dibatags
(1912-1970) was an author,
naturalist and ornithologist and made over a thousand radio and
broadcasts. He was also a leading authority on the pioneering
and ornithologist Gilbert White (1720-1793).
vice-chairman of the Countryside Commission. James Fisher was a
of a small team who on September 18, 1955 raised the Union Flag and
took possession, on an official basis for the UK, of the small and
uninhabited rocky islet of Rockall, in the North Atlantic.
James Fisher died in a car crash in
was married with six children.
After James Fisher died,
the seabird island of Copinsay, Orkney, was
purchased following a public appeal. Copinsay would become a
nature reserve and was dedicated to James Fisher's name.
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