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Three Singles to Adventure

Biography / Memoir

By: Gerald Durrell


Paperback | Jan 2009 | #182533 | ISBN-13: 9781840247183
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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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Gerald Durrell lived in Corfu with his family as a boy and immediately became fascinated by the island's natural history; these years are famously documented in My Family and Other Animals. His lifetime's work began with expeditions to collect endangered animals from all over the world and bring them to his breeding sanctuary. This evolved into the Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust, which operates conservation programmes worldwide, carrying on Gerald Durrell's mission to save species from extinction.

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