(engine roaring) ♪ (birds chiming) TONY: In 1965, the Serengeti was not well-known There were hardly any tourists.
I remember quite distinctly that very first day.
(engine sound) I just arrived, I was only a student, I was 21.
They weren't actually expecting me.
I actually had no food or water.
And one of the contractors took pity on me-- (whispers thank you) And gave me some of his food.
(thunder crashing) (dog barking) I heard the sounds of the night for the first time.
Hyenas calling, (hyena screaming) buffalos bellowing. (buffalo bellowing) I didn't know anything about buffalos except that I'd heard they were extremely dangerous.
So I had to be very careful because I thought they would come and get me.
So there were all this kind of strange feelings.
(engine noise) Next day, I was picked up.
We went on a three-day tour.
It was just too good to be true.
I was just overwhelmed with looking at these herds of wildebeest and zebras, gazelles.
The other scientist turned to me and said, 'Would you like to study buffalo?'
I said, 'Of course, I'll study anything.'
That was the eureka moment of my future.
When I found the place where I could indulge my passion.