David Attenborough Birthday: Broadcaster Turns 88 (PICTURES)

08/05/2014 14:03 | Updated 08 May 2014

Patriarch of wildlife TV Sir David Attenborough turns 88-years-old today.

Last year the beloved naturalist, whose six-decade career includes a string of BBC smash-hit documentaries including Life On Earth, Frozen Planet and Africa, underwent heart surgery to have a pacemaker fitted.

Happy Birthday old boy.

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    Sir David Attenborough taking part in Eden TV's Ask Attenborough Live at the Science Museum, which was hosted by TV presenter Ben Fogle.
  • 'The Jonathan Ross Show'
  • Sir David Attenborough With Spook The Barn Owl, 1990
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    Prince William (left) stands beside Dr. Michael Dixon (centre), Director of The Natural History Museum and Sir David Attenborough while hundreds of foil butterflies fall from the roof at The Darwin Centre part of The Natural History Museum, in London.
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    Sir David Attenborough with the Specialist Factual Award received for Life in Cold Blood at the British Academy Television Awards at the Royal Festival Hall in central London.
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    Butterfly Conservation President Sir David Attenborough with a south east Asian Great Mormon Butterfly on his nose, as he launched the Big Butterfly count at the London Zoo in Regent's Park, London.
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    Brothers Sir David (left) and Lord Richard Attenborough at Leicester University, where they spent their childhoods, after receiving a top academic honour at De Montfart Hall. Director and actor Lord Attenborough and TV naturalist Sir David were made distinguished honorary fellows of the University of Leicester during a ceremony this afternoon.
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    Veteran broadcaster and naturalist Sir David Attenborough with an Australian bearded dragon after receiving an honorary degree from Queen's University in Belfast for exceptional services to science and broadcasting.
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    David Attenborough wears a pair of 3D, prior to the screening of David Attenborough's Natural History Museum Alive 3D, at the Natural History Museum, in central London.
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    Sir David Attenborough at London Zoo this morning launching the National Moth Recording Scheme. The scheme, run by Butterfly Conservation, will enlist thousands of volunteers as part of a wider series of initiatives dubbed 'Moths Count'.
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    David Attenborough poses with a floral sculpture of himself outside The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew to launch his new three part Sky 3D & Sky Atlantic series Kingdom of Plants 3D With David Attenborough. The sculpture was created by three time RHS Chelsea Flower Show Gold Medallist and Best in Show winner artist Joe Massie.
  • David Attenborough with a golden eagle during 'The Life Of Birds documentary, 1998
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    Queen Elizabeth II meets Dame Helen Mirren and Sir David Attenborough at a Reception for the Dramatic Arts, at Buckingham Palace, London.
  • David Attenborough with a blind baby rhino he befriended
  • Sir David Attenborough with the award for 'HD Programme of the Year' at the TRIC (Television and Radio Industries Club) Annual Awards
  • Michael Parkinson interviews David Attenborough
  • Planet Earth producer Johnny Keeling and baby Zoe with David Attenborough
  • Sir David Attenborough with Wandering albatross chick, South Georgia. On location for Life in the Freezer 1992.
  • Daniel Radcliffe, Sir David Attenborough and Jonathan Ross with penguins


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