A Zoo in My Luggage

Author: Gerald Durrell

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 0141931655

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 192

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The true and hilarious story of how Gerald Durrell and his wife set up their own zoo. Journeying to the Cameroons, he and his wife, helped by the renowned Fon of Bafut, managed to collect 'plenty beef.' Their difficulties began when they found themselves back at home, with Cholmondely the chimpanzee, Bug-Eye the bush-baby, and other founder members... and nowhere to put them

The Zoo Memoirs

Author: Gerald Durrell

Publisher: Open Road Media

ISBN: 1504052080

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 380

View: 6059

The British naturalist and bestselling author of the Corfu Trilogy—the inspiration for the Masterpiece production The Durrells in Corfu—founds a zoo. In this trio of delightful memoirs, British wildlife preservation pioneer and national bestselling author Gerald Durrell recounts the ups and downs he faces in transforming his lifelong dream of creating a new kind of zoo into a reality. A Zoo in My Luggage: In 1957, Durrell and his wife travel to the British Cameroons in West Africa to begin assembling his menagerie. The greater challenge proves to be in safely transporting their exotic animals back to Britain and finding a home for them. “Animals come close to being Durrell’s best friends. . . . He writes about them with style, verve, and humor.” —Time The Whispering Land: On an eight-month journey in South America to expand his menagerie, Durrell and his wife travel across windswept Patagonian shores and through tropical forests in the Argentine, encountering fur seals, ocelots, penguins, parrots, pumas, and more. “An amusing writer who transforms this Argentine backcountry into a particularly inviting place.” —San Francisco Chronicle Menagerie Manor: In 1959, on the grounds of an old manor house on the Channel Island of Jersey, Durrell finally opens the Jersey Zoo—now known as the Durrell Wildlife Park. Along with the satisfaction of providing a safe habitat for rare and endangered species come the trials of operating a fledgling zoo, including overdrawn bank accounts and escaped animals. “No one can be funnier than Mr. Durrell in relating his own adventures or the antics of the claw and paw set.” —The Christian Science Monitor

The Whispering Land

Author: Gerald Durrell

Publisher: Viking Adult


Category: Animals

Page: 235

View: 7218

More lively adventures with animals while photographing them in Patagonia and collecting them in Argentina. Drawings by Ralph Thompson.


Author: Gerald Durrell

Publisher: Associated Publishers Group

ISBN: 9781854790873

Category: Children's stories

Page: 32

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Gerald Durrell's first book for young children, telling the story of one of his favourite dogs, Keeper - so called because he took it upon himself to look after all the other animals in Durrell's zoo in Jersey.

The Aye-aye and I

Author: Gerald Durrell

Publisher: Arcade Publishing

ISBN: 9781559702041

Category: Political Science

Page: 175

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An account of the adventures and events the author experienced on his expedition to Madagascar to capture the elusive aye-aye

Toby the Tortoise

Author: Gerald Durrell

Publisher: Michael O'Mara Books

ISBN: 9781854790699

Category: Turtles

Page: 32

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Gerald, a boy growing up on the Greek island of Corfu, rescues a land tortoise from the sea and introduces it into the company of the frogs, toads, snakes, crabs, octopuses, and other animal friends he has cultivated.

Gerald Durrell

Author: Douglas Botting

Publisher: HarperCollins UK

ISBN: 0006387306

Category: Zoologists

Page: 672

View: 8758

Written with complete access to the Durrell family archives and Gerald Durrell's private papers, this affecting biography follows its subject from an eccentric boyhood in Imperial India to the international prominence he gained in print and on television as one of the world's foremost animal conservationists. The younger brother of the famous novelist Lawrence Durrell, Gerald always viewed his own writing - which includes thirty-seven bestsellers, among them enduringly popular classics like My Family and Other Animals and A Zoo in My Luggage - as the means of financing his greatest passion: breeding animals in danger of extinction and returning them to the wild. In the 1980s, with the production of a dozen different television documentary series on zoology, most notably the widely acclaimed Catch Me a Colobus and Ark on the Move, Durrell's conservationist vision reached audiences around the globe, while the zoo he founded on the island of Jersey realized his pioneering mission to breed endangered species in captivity. It stands as a living legacy of the much-admired Gerald Durrell, who died in 1995 at the age of seventy. "Captivating and deeply moving but surprisingly candid biography." - Publishers Weekly (starred review); "Ambitious.... Rich material for a biography." - New York Times Book Review; "Affectionate yet clear-eyed portrait.... Botting does an excellent job of giving us Durrell the man, not merely the legend." - Toronto Globe & Mail; "Few current biographies read as well." - Denver Post.

The Overloaded Ark

Author: Gerald Durrell

Publisher: Gardners Books

ISBN: 9780571209330

Category: Nature

Page: 222

View: 5305

In his first and funniest book, Gerald Durrell describes an expedition to the Cameroons before independence.