The conservationist whose work inspired Masterpiece production The Durrells in Corfu recounts the early years of the Durrell Wildlife Park.
At the age of six, Gerald Durrell confidently told his mother he would one day have his own zoo. She told him it was a lovely idea and promptly forgot all about it. But the young naturalist’s passion wasn’t about to fade away any time soon.
Written for the Durrell Wildlife Park’s twenty-fifth anniversary, The Ark’s Anniversary is the unconventional story of how one man’s dream was transformed into the esteemed organization known today as the Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust, dedicated to saving endangered species from extinction.
In the beginning, everyone thought Durrell was crazy to place a zoo on the island of Jersey in the English Channel. But that didn’t stop people from coming to see him and his menagerie of rare and exotic animals, including celebrities like Richard Adams, Princess Grace, David Niven (who presided over the wedding of two apes), and Princess Anne (who wrote the foreword to this book). The Ark’s Anniversary is a delightful journey and a celebration of success for anyone who loves the natural world.
This ebook features an illustrated biography of Gerald Durrell including rare photos from the author’s estate.