Nikolai Drozdov: the biography of the leading TV program "In the world of animals"
Nikolay Drozdov is a researcher, zoologist, public figure, publicist, dubbing actor, host of the TV program “In the world of animals”. He has a PhD in geography and a doctoral degree in biology, teaches at Moscow State University. Included in the board of WWF Russia.
Nikolai Drozdov was born in Moscow in 1937. Parents of the boy were scientists. My father worked for many years at the Department of Organic Chemistry at the Moscow Medical Institute. And my mother worked as a general practitioner in the 5th city hospital. For many years she helped the outstanding cardiologist P.E. Lukomsky.
That parents instilled in Nicholas a love of nature. The boy often went with his father to hiking. To the young naturalist, they seemed like a real expedition. Nikolai noted changes in the weather, watched the animals and took notes in his diary. At the age of 12, the boy happily went to work as a shepherd at the stud farm.He dreamed that in the future he would become a centaur, and constantly tried to find out his father, what he needed to do for this operation.
After graduating from school, Nikolai Drozdov filed documents at the Moscow State University at the Faculty of Biology. There the young man met Vladimir Pozner. About two years later, Nikolai decided to pause in his studies and got a job working at a garment factory. The young man tried to prove to his parents that he had not only a bright head, but also skilled hands. For two years Drozdov was engaged in tailoring the top men's clothing, having gone from a student to a master. And then Nikolai returned to MSU. In 1963, the future traveler received a diploma at the Department of Biogeography. But he did not leave the walls of the university - for two more years the young man was studying in graduate school.
In 1968, Nikolai defended his Ph.D. and began working at the Department of Biogeography. After a couple of years, the young man went on an internship at the Department of Zoology at the Australian National University. Later, the scientist wrote about this trip a book called "Flight of the boomerang." We have already mentioned above that the Institute of Nikolai Drozdov is Moscow State University. It was there that he returned from the internship, continuing the work.Over time, the future traveler gradually moved up the career ladder. At first he was a junior employee, then senior, and in 1979 he became a teacher in the department.
In 1975, Nikolai visited several national parks in Zaire (now the Republic of the Congo). Drozdov also took part in the XII General Assembly of the International Union of Natural Resources and Nature Conservation, held in the city of Kinshasa. When visiting parks such as Kahuzi-Biega and Virunga, the hero of this article was very lucky - for the first time in history he managed to photograph mountain gorillas.
In 1979, Nikolai Drozdov was conquered by Elbrus. A year later, he again went on a journey. This time the hero of this article visited the islands of Tonga, Samoa and Fiji. In 1989, for the scientific and educational activities of Nikolai Nikolayevich noted the "Global-500" (commission of environmental scientists). His name was included in the Honorary list of the world's leading experts in environmental protection. In 1992, Drozdov was awarded the Golden Panda Award. We can say that this is a kind of Hollywood Oscar for pictures about animals and nature. Nikolai Nikolayevich received an award at the festival in Bristol for the film "The Kingdom of the Russian Bear", created in conjunction with the BBC.
In 1993, the scientist arrived at the Yamal icebreaker at the North Pole for the purpose of his active research. Two years later, with a similar mission, Nikolay Nikolayevich set off on the ship "Discoverer" to the coast of Canada and Alaska. Together with his colleagues, the scientist visited the Karakum Desert, the Kuril Islands and Kamchatka, and climbed the Tien Shan and Pamir mountains. The results of their research and expeditions Drozdov described in numerous books and articles.
In 1995, he was awarded the UNESCO Prize and the Einstein Medal for the popularization of the science of biogeographers. At the same time, Nikolai Nikolayevich was included in the academic staff of the Academy of Sciences (New York). Five years later, he also became a member of the Russian Academy of Sciences and the Ecological Academy. In 2000, Drozdov received the title of professor of Moscow State University, having defended his doctoral dissertation in biology. Students with great interest listened to the lectures of a scientist on biogeography, ornithology, nature conservation and ecology.
Now, probably, it is hardly possible to find a man who has never watched the TV program “In the animal world” with Nikolai Drozdov. It all began in 1968, when the traveler was invited there as a speaker. In 1977Nikolai Nikolayevich became the leading and screenwriter. World-famous scientists and travelers came to visit him: Gerald Darrell, John Sparks, Tour Heyerdahl, Bernhard Grzimek, Jacques-Yves Cousteau.
Nikolai Drozdov spends his free hours with his living creatures. He also has pets - scorpions, phalanxes, tarantulas, snakes. The scientist also enjoys yoga, swimming in the ice-hole, skiing and horse riding. For many years Drozdov does not eat meat.
In music, Nikolai Nikolayevich prefers folk songs, romances and classics. And the traveler plays great guitar and sings both in Russian and in some foreign languages.
Due to many days of business trips across the entire planet and heavy workload at work, Nikolai Nikolayevich could not find his soulmate for a very long time. The friends of the traveler seriously believed that some foreigner would become Drozdov’s wife. But the scientist found his love in the neighborhood - she lived in his house a couple of floors below. The young people met in the elevator and since then have never parted. Soon Tatyana Petrovna gave birth to two daughters traveler.They passed on their fatherly passion for animals and nature: Helen works in a veterinary clinic, and Nadezhda is a professional geographer.
In October 2014, Nikolai Nikolayevich took part in the KVN team as part of the Soyuz team (variety show “With a Star”). It is thanks to this performance "Union" managed to reach the Final of the Higher League.
In November 2016, Nikolai Drozdov, whose biography is presented above, got into an accident. The presenter was returning from the dacha, and already next to his house, she touched the wing of the car with a woman crossing the road. Nikolai Nikolayevich was very worried about the state of the victim and waited with her doctors. Fortunately, the woman did not have serious injuries.