Naturalist Sir David Attenborough recognised
LIVING legend and world-renowned naturalist Sir David Attenborough was honoured yesterday with two important awards at the Australian Museum in Sydney.
To mark the museum's 190th anniversary and Sir David's visit to Australia, he was recognised for his lifetime work in the fields of natural science and conservation, receiving the Australian Museum's highest honour, Lifetime Patron.
The museum also named its newly discovered genus, a large snail only found in Tasmania, Attenborougharion rubicundus, in honour of Sir David.
It is the latest in a long list of animals and plants named after the extraordinary champion of nature.
"There is no one else - you have no peer.
"Australia and the international community have benefited from your curiosity, knowledge, and unending commitment to the natural world to bring us the stories, and make us aware of the challenges we face, in a way that no one else has been able to do."
Sir David responded that he is deeply honoured to receive the award from Australia's first museum and to have a new genus named in his honour.
"There is no greater compliment that a Museum, or indeed a Natural Scientist, can pay to another one, than by naming a family, and a name, after that individual," Sir David said.
"So Attenborougharion rubicundus will be on my wall for a long time to come, and I accept it with the greatest of pleasure and my utmost thanks to you all."
Sir David is also in Australia to present his show, A Quest For Life, in Perth, Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide.
The BBC's Planet Earth series II, presented by Sir David, will go to air in Australia on Channel 9 starting on February 15 at 7.30pm.