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Having spent a childhood of animal collecting, to the dismay of his family and his older brother, Lawrence, Gerald Durrell applied for a job at England's Whipsnade Zoo, then one of the first "open" zoos, designed with breeding and preservation as much in mind as the amusement of the visitors. Durrell soon found himself beginning a new career with the discovery (in the pers ...more
Hardcover, 253 pages
Published May 7th 1973 by Simon and Schuster
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Amanda Roo
May 26, 2014 Amanda Roo rated it it was amazing
It's always a delight to read one of Gerald Durrell's many memoirs. As a famous zoologist and naturalists, he was also one of the first to pioneer the idea that zoos were for the preservation and protection of endangered species, and not merely for human entertainment. Before he traveled the world collecting animals and eventually starting the Jersey Wildlife Preservation Trust, on the Channel Islands, Durrell worked as an intern of sorts at the Whipsnade zoo, where he quickly learned how to (as ...more
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Feb 07, 2014 Karen GoatKeeper rated it really liked it
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Reading a Gerald Durrell book is always a treat for me and this one was no exception.
"A Bevy of Beasts" is autobiographical about Durrell's first job as a zoo keeper. Each chapter covers a different section of the zoo and the animals included in the section. He writes about the animals he knew and the experiences he had interacting with them as well as with the other keepers.
This book takes place during World War II so some of it is a bit dated. The world has changed so much since then. But it i
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This is Durrell's memoir of his year at Whipsnade Zoo in the 1940s. He was 19 or 20, and it was his first real job. He lived at the zoo and learned about keepering as it was in those days. This experience, while retold with Durrell's trademarked hilarity, helped to form the staunch conservationist he was to become as an adult. A lovely slice of life, well-written and wry. His reverence for the animals informs every word.
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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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