Don Pinnock is an investigative journalist and photographer who, some time back, realised he knew little about the natural world. So he set out to discover it. This took him to five continents, including Antarctica, and resulted in five books on natural history and hundreds of articles. His other books include Gang Town, which won the City Press Tafelberg Non-Fiction award, and a biography of the journalist Ruth First. He has degrees in criminology, political science and African history and is a former editor of Getaway travel magazine. His day job is as environmental investigative journalist.