Memorial Stone in pink Jersey granite "which contains a million autumn tints in its surface where the sun touches it" at Jersey Zoo

Si monumentum requiris circumspice

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Jersey Zoo Morning

Jersey Zoo Evening

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"Right in the Hart of the Africn Jungel a small wite man lives. Now there is one xtrordenry fackt about him that he is the frind of all animals ... "        

- Gerald Durrell (1935 Aged 10)

"... wherever man has gone he has created havoc with the balance of nature"    

- Gerald Durrell (1956 Aged 31)

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"I feel despair twenty-four hours a day at the way we are treating  the world and what we are piling up for ourselves. But you have to keep fighting, or what are we on earth for? I believe so much in what I am doing that I cannot let up."

- Gerald Durrell (1985 Aged 60)

Quotes © Gerald Durrell

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"We specialised in what would seem to be hopeless cases - animals down to fewer than 10 or 20 (individuals) - and both of us agreed we couldn't really do anything else.

The usual reason for these populations getting down so low is that their habitat has been destroyed, and there are enormous pressures on these animals. So it's a great, huge, uphill battle.

Because we've orientated our work towards the individual species themselves, our particular work might seem to the outside world to be a sort of fire-fighting, you might say, in spots here and there.

We do think in terms of the global picture, but people understand the issues better when they have a particular animal they can identify with, or bond with."

 - Dr Lee Durrell Hon. Director DWCT, widow of Gerald Durrell quoted in the South African Cape Argus paper in September 1997

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Major Books etc. by Gerald Durrell

(with some further links)

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The Overloaded Ark (1953)

Three Singles to Adventure ( 1954)

The Bafut Beagles (1954)

The Drunken Forest (1956)

My Family and Other Animals (1956)

Encounters with Animals (1958)

A Zoo in my Luggage (1960)

The Whispering Land (1961)

Menagerie Manor (1964) 

Two in the Bush  (1966)  

Rosy is My Relative (1968)

Birds, Beasts, and Relatives (1969)

Fillets of Plaice (1971)

Catch Me a Colobus (1972)

Beasts in My Belfry (1973)

The Stationary Ark (1976)

Golden Bats and Pink Pigeons (1977)

The Garden of the Gods (1978)

The Picnic and Suchlike Pandemonium (1979)

The Mockery Bird (1981)  

The Amateur Naturalist (1982)  

Ark on the Move (1982)

How to Shoot an Amateur Naturalist (1984)

Durrell in Russia (1986)

The Ark's Anniversary (1990)

Marrying Off Mother and Other Stories (1991)

The Aye-Aye and I (1992)

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For Children & Young People

The New Noah ( 1955)

Look at Zoos (1961)

Island Zoo (1962)

The Donkey Rustlers (1968)

The Talking Parcel/The Battle for Castle Cockatrice (1974)  

The Fantastic Flying Journey (1987)

The Fantastic Dinosaur Adventure (1989)

Keeper (1990)

Toby the Tortoise (1991)

Puppy Tales (1993)

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Major Recordings &Videos

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Jersey Zoo - A Visitors View

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Gerald Durrell Animal Index

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Corfu & Gerald Durrell

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"I prefer to think of a little parable once told to me by an old monk in the monastery that crowns Corfu's three thousand foot Mount Pandokrator.

We had been discussing the ageless question of the apparent futility of all human endeavour in the face of the ponderous rebuffs of Sin, Time and Fate, when the old monk said to me:

"Even the weakest of us, my son, may yet tip the scales of victory in the battle which is forever being waged between the forces of Good and Evil. No one can tell if his own puny effort, however ineffectual it may seem to him, may not be the deciding factor in the defeat of the Powers of Darkness.

A tiny mayfly was once bewailing its unhappy lot. For it knew that it was doomed to perish between dawn and sundown, with no achievements to vindicate its ephemeral existence. But at that very moment Saint George, in his battle with the Dragon, stood in mortal danger of being overcome by the fierce monster which had already raised a taloned foot to strike him down. The mayfly saw the champion's peril and, flying straight into the Dragon's left nostril, caused it to sneeze at the crucial moment. In the next instant Saint George had pinned it to the ground with his lance.

Well, my son, we may not all of us be able to kill a dragon, but we can at least try to make it sneeze."

- Theodore Stephanides

ISLAND TRAILS © Theodore Stephanides 1973.

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Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust

"SAVING SPECIES FROM EXTINCTION"

Les Augres Manor

Trinity

Jersey

British Channel Islands

Telephone 01534 860000

Fax 01534 860001

http://www.durrell.org/

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