Menagerie Manor

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'Most children at the tender age of six or so are generally full of the most impractical schemes for becoming policemen, firemen or engine drivers when they grow up... I knew exactly what I was going to do: I was going to have my own zoo.'

This is the hugely entertaining account of how the much-loved conservationist and author Gerald Durrell fulfilled his lifelong ambition by founding his own private sanctuary for endangered species in Jersey with the help of an enduring wife, a selfless staff and a reluctant bank manager. With a foreword by Lee Durrell, Honorary Director of the Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust, this book about the trials and wonders of living in the middle of a zoo is a classic that will continue to bring pleasure to those who grew up reading Durrell, and deserves a whole new readership.

You can't deny that there are some species that now exist because of him
Friends of the Earth

About Gerald Durrell

Gerald Durrell was one of Britain's best loved authors and pioneering naturalists. His books, such as the bestselling My Family and Other Animals which celebrated its 60th Anniversary in 2016, continue to entertain generations of children and adults alike.

The Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust is an international conservation charity with headquarters in Jersey, UK.

'A renegade who was right . . . He was truly a man before his time' Sir David Attenborough

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Books by Gerald Durrell

My Family and Other Animals
My Family and Other Animals
Fillets of Plaice
Fillets of Plaice
Rosy is My Relative
Rosy is My Relative
Two in the Bush
Two in the Bush
Marrying Off Mother and Other Stories
Marrying Off Mother and Other Stories
The New Noah
The New Noah
Catch Me a Colobus
Catch Me a Colobus
The Stationary Ark
The Stationary Ark
The Ark's Anniversary
The Ark's Anniversary
Ark on the Move
Ark on the Move
Golden Bats and Pink Pigeons
Golden Bats and Pink Pigeons
Three Singles to Adventure
Three Singles to Adventure
Beasts in My Belfry
Beasts in My Belfry
The Picnic and Suchlike Pandemonium
The Picnic and Suchlike Pandemonium
The Drunken Forest
The Drunken Forest