The Aye-aye and I (1992)

by Gerald Durrell

This was the last important book by Gerald Durrell - his thirty-seventh - before his death in 1995. The book is an account of Jersey Wildlife Preservation Trusts' 1990 rescue expedition to Madagascar.

Southern Madagascar (NASA)

Near the southern tip, the Onilahy River drains a near barren landscape, the result of rapid deforestation for quick profits from the lumber industry with no regard to the environmental impact.

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Zazakeley the Aye-aye

An Aye Aye (photo © DWCT)


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An Aye Aye (photo © David Pearce)

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Aloatran Gentle Lemur

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Sunbird

Parsons Chameleon

Fossa

Madagascars' largest carnivore, nocturnal, an expert climber, and lemur predator

Drongo

The highly successful expedition was overshadowed by the sad death of Gerald Durrells' famous brother, the author Lawrence Durrell ('Larry'), on 7th November 1990.

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"... It was the little princeling Q had caught - huge ears, magnificent, calm, but interested eyes of the loveliest colour, his strange hands, black and soft and his magic finger crooked like a Victorian button hook. ... If, with our help and the help of others, remnants of the wonderful island of Madagascar can be saved and we can return the princeling's progeny to them that, in some way, would be man's apology for the way he has treated nature."

 Gerald Durrell Jersey 1990

THE AYE-AYE AND I © Gerald Durrell 1992

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