In 1950, Gerald Durrell travelled to British Guiana to bring back a living collection of the fauna native to that corner of South America. There he met with many kinds of adventure: some amusing, some thrilling and some extremely irritating.
The team travel on a riverboat up the Essequibo through the green and lush tropical forests and trek across a landscape teeming with life and a riot of colours: from the crimson-breasted military starlings to the coppertoned howler monkeys. He gets into a sticky situation with an angry twotoed sloth and learns how (or how not) to lasso a galloping anteater. As Durrell tells us from the outset, there is one thing to be said for collecting animals: it can never be described as dull.
'You can't deny that there are some species that now exist because of him' Craig Bennett, Friends of the Earth 'A renegade who was right...He was truly a man before his time' Sir David Attenborough
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