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The Aye-Aye and I A Rescue Mission in Madagascar

Biography / Memoir
By: Gerald Durrell(Author)
184 pages, no illustrations
Publisher: Penguin Books
The Aye-Aye and I
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Reprint of Durrell's account of his expedition to the island of Madagascar to rescue the endangered aye-aye and bring pairs into captivity and start a breeding programme in Jersey Zoo.

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Gerald Durrell was born in Jamshedpur, India, in 1925. He returned to England in 1928 before settling on the island of Corfu with his family. In 1945 he joined the staff of Whipsnade Park as a student keeper, and in 1947 he led his first animal-collecting expedition to the Cameroons. He later undertook numerous further expeditions, visiting Paraguay, Argentina, Sierra Leone, Mexico, Mauritius, Assam and Madagascar. His first television programme, Two in the Bush¸ which documented his travels to New Zealand, Australia and Malaya was made in 1962; he went on to make seventy programmes about his trips around the world. In 1959 he founded the Jersey Zoological Park, and in 1964 he founded the Jersey Wildlife Preservation Trust. He was awarded the OBE in 1982. Encouraged to write about his life's work by his brother, Durrell published his first book, The Overloaded Ark, in 1953. It soon became a bestseller and he went on to write thirty-six other titles, including My Family and Other Animals, The Bafut Beagles, Encounters with Animals, The Drunken Forest, A Zoo in My Luggage, The Whispering Land, Menagerie Manor, The Amateur Naturalist and The Aye-Aye and I. Gerald Durrell died in 1995.

Biography / Memoir
By: Gerald Durrell(Author)
184 pages, no illustrations
Publisher: Penguin Books
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"A renegade who was right [...] He was truly a man before his time"
– Sir David Attenborough

"If animals, birds and insects could speak, they would possibly award Mr Gerald Durrell one of their first Nobel prizes"
– Times Literary Supplement

"Durrell has an uncanny knack of discovering human as well as animal eccentricities"
– Sunday Telegraph

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