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BBC Wildlife Magazine - - CONTENTS - Paul McGuin­ness Edi­tor

As we were putting this is­sue to bed, we learned of the pass­ing of one of BBC

Wildlife’s most cel­e­brated for­mer con­trib­u­tors. David Bel­lamy was the face and voice of na­ture for those of us raised in the 1970s and 80s. He in­tro­duced us to end­less won­ders of the nat­u­ral world, from ex­otic jun­gles to the ends of our gar­dens. We didn’t just want to watch him, we wanted to be him. Any time we found our­selves in the wild, we’d burst into im­pres­sions of the charis­matic botanist. We pay trib­ute on page 40. You may not know that Bel­lamy was once im­pris­oned, though his in­car­cer­a­tion was mer­ci­fully brief. If only the same could be said for the sci­en­tists in Iran jailed as spies while work­ing to pro­tect the rare Asi­atic chee­tahs that live there. We had hoped to bring you their story with a happy end­ing, but were shocked when hopes of a re­lease were dashed by sen­tences of up to 10 years. What chance that by the time you read this, an ap­peal will see them freed?

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