Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “A Bevy of Beasts,” as Want to Read:
A Bevy of Beasts,
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating

A Bevy of Beasts,

by
4.2 of 5 stars 4.20  ·  rating details  ·  94 ratings  ·  3 reviews
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
more details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about A Bevy of Beasts,, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about A Bevy of Beasts,

This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30 of 147)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  rating details
Amanda Roo
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
Karen GoatKeeper
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...more
Melody
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.
Teri
Teri is currently reading it
Oct 22, 2014
William Danbury
William Danbury marked it as to-read
Oct 19, 2014
Catherine
Catherine marked it as to-read
Sep 29, 2014
Sunil Shetty
Sunil Shetty marked it as to-read
Sep 01, 2014
Sarah
Sarah marked it as to-read
Jul 14, 2014
Raj Dev
Raj Dev marked it as to-read
Jun 15, 2014
Sydney
Sydney marked it as to-read
Jun 05, 2014
Ildikó
Ildikó marked it as to-read
May 17, 2014
Anna
Anna marked it as to-read
Apr 15, 2014
Mallory Clark
Mallory Clark marked it as to-read
Feb 22, 2014
Glenda
Glenda added it
Dec 30, 2013
Richard
Richard marked it as to-read
Oct 21, 2013
Gayle Eady
Gayle Eady marked it as to-read
Oct 05, 2013
Iwka
Iwka marked it as to-read
Sep 17, 2013
« previous 1 3 4 5 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »
26957
Gerald 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 and the animals...more
More about Gerald Durrell...
My Family and Other Animals (Corfu Trilogy, #1) Birds, Beasts, and Relatives (Corfu Trilogy, #2) A Zoo in My Luggage The Corfu Trilogy The Garden of the Gods (Corfu Trilogy, #3)

Share This Book