Menagerie Manor by Gerald Durrell (1964)

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Menagerie Manor 1964

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In 1959 Gerald Durrell discovers Les Augrés Manor House Jersey Channel Islands to establish his zoo to house his collection of wildlife brought back from West Africa and South America collecting trips:-

"..... probably one of the most beautiful manor houses on the Islands: a great granite wall, thickly planted with waterfalls of rock plant; fifteenth-century arches, tidy lawns and flowerbeds brimming over with colour. All the walls, buildings and outhouses were of beautiful Jersey granite which contains all the subtle colourings of autumn leaves....".

MENAGERIE MANOR © Gerald Durrell 1964

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To start with money was short - sometimes days on end would pass in winter with no visitors - but slowly Jersey Zoo established itself.

The four years of trials and tribulations, often amusing, which followed, are recounted in this book - leading up to the creation of the Jersey Wildlife Preservation Trust in 1963.

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Menagerie Manor

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Cover picture © House of Stratus 2003

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