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Golden Bats and Pink Pigeons

3.99  ·  Rating Details  ·  555 Ratings  ·  21 Reviews
Mauritius, once the home of the ill-fated Dodo (symbol of Gerald Durrell's Jersey Wildlife Preservation trust), still has among its fauna many unique but endangered species, among them Mauritian kestrels, Telfair's skinks, Gunther's geckos and pink pigeons. When Gerald Durrell went to rescue some of these creatures from extinction, he experienced danger, discomfort and exe ...more
Paperback, 157 pages
Published 1982 by Fontana (first published 1977)
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Clare O'Beara
Mar 12, 2015 Clare O'Beara rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: memoir, nature, africa, birds
This is a fun read, as it details the explorations and adventures of Durrell while collecting birds, bats and reptiles on the island of Mauritius and a neighbour in the island chain called Round Island. However there is always gloom and desperation as we see that man's discovery of the islands has destroyed so many creatures and so much habitat.

Not alone do we get a detailed account of past ships' logs in which thousands of tortoises and turtles at a time were loaded - for food - but we see tha
I really enjoyed this book which is the account of trips Gerald Durrell made in the 1970's to collect endangered species of Mauritius and some nearby islands to begin a captive breeding and preservation program at his zoo in Jersey. They style is typical Durrell with plenty of laughs and descriptions of the islands such that I want to pack my bags now. My only regret is that the book is relatively short at under 200 pages. However, my edition (British 2008) does have brief updates on the current ...more
Наталия Янева
Знаехте ли, че съществува риба кутия (потърсих я, наистина е правоъгълна и прилича на кутия)? А риба хирург? А риба, наречена „копнееща катерица“ (тук не съм много убедена дали на български е така, в оригинал е Wistful Squirrel, ама все си е риба катерица)?! А...

Сблъсках се за пръв път Джералд Даръл под формата на трилогията за детството му на остров Корфу. „Сблъсък” е точната дума, защото ме събори и си открадна част от сърцето ми, което се беше разпиляло по пода при удара. Плениха ме спокойств
Mar 31, 2014 Loraine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Durrell can surely be forgiven for the occasions his writing was caught in the Zeitgeist of the 1960s--let's face it, "voluptuous air hostesses" rather dates his journey to Mauritius and surrounding islands in order to collect nearly extinct creatures for a captive breeding program. In other ways, he was ahead of his time in that he understood how zoos via captive breeding programs could insure the continuation of the rarest of creatures like the pink pigeon or golden bats or skinks, In Golden B ...more
One of my favorite parts of reading Gerald Durrell is looking up all the species he mentions to see how endangered they currently are. The exciting bit is that most of them are still around (for now), thanks to the work Durrell and the Jersey Zoo have done on their behalf. It's only a small drop of optimism, but it's still a heady one. I really enjoyed this particular adventure.
Amrita Tripathy
Mar 19, 2011 Amrita Tripathy is currently reading it always durell types writing
Nov 08, 2010 Ash is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
quite funny.. enjoyed it so far!
Apr 16, 2011 Katie rated it liked it
In this particular volume of Durrell’s memoirs of his journeys he travels to Mauritius with the dual aim of educating a Mauritian student in the conservation of the local wildlife and catching some of the more endangered species to take back to his Jersey zoo to start breeding programmes. It sees him and his companions encountering marijuana growers in the high forests and scrambling around on exposed rocky islands chasing after skinks, all told with Durrell’s characteristic humour and flair for ...more
Deborah Pickstone
3.5 stars

The usual charming tale from GD of a trip to Mauritius. He never seems to have a bad word to say for anyone and this, in itself, makes a pleasure of his books. No way as funny as the Corfu trilogy but a pleasure all the same.
Jan 27, 2016 Fishface rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: animals, memoir, advocacy
An especially fine memoir of a trio to the tropics, to collect the rarest specimens, for safe transport to captive-breeding programs in order to save the species from extinction.
Liz Letcher
Mar 17, 2016 Liz Letcher rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Interesting and entertaining.
Saqib Khan
Apr 24, 2014 Saqib Khan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the story of a scientific mission to Mauritius to collect endangered animals for a captive breeding project. The writing style is accessible and humorous and I learned something about Mauritius which I had never read about before. Published in 1977, however, the book seemed dated. I kept wondering what the current state of the species is and whether the captive breeding program was successful. A thorough epilogue would have been a great addition to newer editions of the book.
Sheila Hooker
Sep 17, 2014 Sheila Hooker rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Gerald Durrell never wrote a bad book.
Mar 23, 2014 Jan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another lovely book by Gerald Durrell. Details of the trips he made to Mauritius in the 1970's in the hope of seeting up a captive breeding program to save 6 species on the briink of extinction. The recent update indictes success with 5 of those species, with the 6th remaining in danger.
R Axel Alonso
Nov 08, 2013 R Axel Alonso rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Its a very funny book of adventures. Durrell mixed the adventure of a travel to an unknown island, the educational topics about the preservation and the history on that island. Also its a very funny chronicle of a fascinating land. ...more
Nov 01, 2014 Livia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
'Golden Bats and Pink Pigeons' is educational and entertaining. Mauritius sounds fascinating, and I wish they could quarantine it so there are fewer people to protect the wildlife.

Vanessa Hoyan
Mar 24, 2013 Vanessa Hoyan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Side splittingly funny at times, made me check out the conservation effort in Mauritius. Not quite as good as as "My Family and Other Animals".
Gerald Durrell recounts his visit to Mauritius, to advise their government how best to preserve their fauna. Told in his inimitable amusing style.
Jan 14, 2013 Marilyn rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I guess it was boring and I skimmed it for awhile.
Sep 21, 2013 Jenna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nature
Not a bored moment
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Gerald "Gerry" Malcolm Durrell was born in India in 1925. His family settled on Corfu when Durrell was a boy and he spent his time studying its wildlife. He relates these experiences in the trilogy beginning with My Family and Other Animals, and continuing with Birds, Beasts and Relatives and The Garden of the Gods. In his books he writes with wry humour and great perception about both the humans ...more
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