Flix Rodriguez de la Fuente

Félix Rodríguez de la Fuente was born on March 14, 1928 in the town of Poza de la Sal, in the province of Burgos. He was a prestigious naturalist, who stood out for his charisma and for being a great environmental promoter.

He was born into a family in which an intellectual atmosphere reigned. His parents were Samuel Rodríguez, a notary by profession, and Marcelina de la Fuente. He had a younger sister named Mercedes.

His father was not in favor of early schooling, which, together with the outbreak of the Civil War, made him teach him himself. This made Felix receive his education very in contact with nature., which marked his future a lot.

In 1946 he enrolled at the University of Valladolid, where he is studying Medicine. In 1957, in Madrid, he graduated in stomatology, practicing as a dentist for two years in a clinic in the capital of Spain.

In 1960, he decided to abandon the dental profession and dedicate himself fully to falconry, which is his main passion.. The following year he was an advisor on this subject during the filming of the film El Cid.

In 1964 Félix published his first work, entitled “The art of falconry”. He will also be in charge of organizing the first International Falconry Days in our country, which would take place in Guadalajara, after which he is invited to a program on the small screen, where, despite the fact that his intervention is very short, such is the passion with which he speaks that a large number of letters are received requesting his participation in more programs.

They offer him a section in the Weekend program, where he stays for four years, talking about animal-related issues.

In 1966 he began to collaborate in the program “School television”, Teaching zoology classes. His speech is different from the one heard so far, since he talks about animals and plants for the value they have in themselves.

In 1966 he married Marcelle Geneviève Parmentier Lapied, French, with whom he had three daughters.

Thanks to his work, a protection law for both the peregrine falcon and other birds of prey is approved in our country, which is a reference to being the first country to pass a law of such characteristics.

Félix continues to participate in various television programs, such as “Pictures to know“Or” Full page “, as well as writing articles for magazines such as”Black and white”.

Another of the naturalist’s passions are wolves, and from 1965 he also began to make informative documentaries about said animal.

In 1966 he directed the film Wings and claws, winning the Bronze Archer at the Gijón Film Festival.

In 1968 they offered him his own program on the small screen, “Fauna”, Which reaches a spectacular audience success.

Between the years 1970 and 1974 he performed “Blue Planet”, which gives him worldwide fame.

At the same time, Félix also works in some informative radio programs, such as “The adventure of life“,” Planet water “or”Objective: save nature”.

Between 1973 and 1980 he carried out “The man and the earth”, Which not only achieved great audience success but also became a worldwide benchmark.

In March 1980, he moved to Alaska to film a dog sled race, the most important of which took place on the planet, together with several members of the team of “The man and the earth”, When your plane has an accident.

Félix Rodríguez de la Fuente died on March 14, 1980 in Shaktoolik, Alaska.