At the height of his fame Alby Mangels was more than just an international household name - he was a legend! His blockbuster travel documentaries - The World Safari series - blazed a path into untamed territories. He explored the world and took us along. With an irrepressible spirit of adventure, his bull terrier by his side and a crew of willing accomplices, Alby's daring and dangerous exploits catapulted this very private person from obscurity to superstardom. He posed nude for Cleo magazine after he quietly started a charity for paraplegics behind the limelight. He was accused of animal cruelty after throwing himself into a crocodile infested river to rescue a small fawn who'd inadvertently become stranded. He was labelled as nothing more than a lady's man yet behind the scenes he won an award for a revolutionary wheelchair design, established help for the world's endangered mountain gorillas and volunteered to visit hospices and jails. Such is the enigma of the misunderstood and often maligned man.
Few are aware that shortly after World Safari 2 out-grossed Hollywood blockbusters released in the same year, Alby lost his empire, his fortune and his reputation. Over the fifteen years that followed he quietly rose again, like a phoenix from the ashes while helping the world's suffering along the way and yet never once seeking to declare his benevolence or address his critics. It's time to rectify the situation, it's time the world knew the truth behind the legend that is Alby Mangels.