I enjoyed this, although I don't think (in writing terms at least) that this holds a candle to the original. Although Mark Carwardine is a excellent writer in his own right, there is a gaping Douglas Adams shaped hole that a brief forward by Stephen Fry fails to come close to filling. Nevertheless, this book is never less than fascinating, even when giving the depressing news that 2 of the species from the original book have now been declared extinct in the wild, and most of the others are still dangerously close to going the same way. I rather get the impression that although Mark and Stephen seemed to get along fine, there wasn't the same easy friendship that there was between Mark and Douglas. However, there is a lot of interesting information to be learned here, and a few laughs to be had among the gloomy outlook for so many of the creatures they encounter.