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The Stationary Ark

3.98  ·  Rating details ·  395 ratings  ·  20 reviews
"'What we tried to do in Jersey is create a new sort of zoo. I think we have succeeded.' " In this important book Gerald Durrell describes his battles to create his vision of a new sort of zoo at Jersey with descriptions of his successes and failures with a liberal sprinkling of zoo animal tales on the way. Much of Gerald Durrell's long-standing basic captive breeding and ...more
Paperback, 146 pages
Published April 21st 2016 by Policy Press (first published 1966)
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Irene Lazlo
Si alguna vez has ido al zoo y te ha dado pena que los animales vivan en jaulas demasiado pequeñas o que tengan barrotes en vez de cristal, este libro es para ti. Durrell te explica cómo los que no somos expertos en zoología criticamos cosas de los zoos que en realidad están bien y pasamos por alto lo que verdaderamente es importante. En este libro habla de por qué los zoos deberían ser centros de cría de especies en peligro y de investigación científica, siendo secundario el aspecto de entreten ...more
"Gerald Durrell has been a zoo-maniac since the age of two when he started collecting everything alive, from minnows to woodlice. When, finally, he decided to set up the Wildlife Preservation Trust in Jersey, he determined that it would b e different from those zoos -- alas, the majority -- to which parent reluctantly take children to ride an elephant an get sick on ice cream, and where animals are simply imprisoned. His would certainly be a research laboratory, an educational establishment and ...more
Даррелл желал бороться с ложным гуманизмом. Что под ним следует понимать? Это представление людей о содержании диких зверей в неволе. Посетителю зоопарка может казаться, будто нужно поместить животных в более крупные клетки, либо вовсе сформировать для них зону свободного перемещения. Так уж сложилось, что человек в действительности не может точно знать, каким образом лучше содержать питомцев. Для того и создаются зоопарки, дабы изучать повадки животных, обеспечивать их времяпровождение и старат ...more
Jan 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
Po tejto knihe som siahla ako po "ďalšej Durrellovke" a očakávala som zábavné historky so zvieratami, prípadne rodinou. A ona je vlastne úplne iná. Durrell rozpráva o zakladaní zoo na ostrove Jersey a zároveň o fungovaní (alebo nefungovaní) zoologických záhrad všeobecne. Venuje sa kŕmeniu, výbehom, odchovu v zajatí a rôznym iným aspektom. Výborná kniha, ktorá človeku zmení pohľad pri návšteve zoo.
Aruna Sathish
Mar 17, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very much informative and engaging for an animal lover like me.
Bernie Gourley
Apr 04, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: those who want to know what a zoo that's good for animals looks like.
If you’re like me, you have mixed feelings about zoos and aquaria. On the one hand, it’s an awe-inspiring experience to see the mighty, ferocious, and odd creatures that don’t make it into one’s backyard (for those who even have yards.) On the other hand, one has to wonder whether the creatures on display are as miserable as one would be in their shoes. (i.e. Figurative shoes. I do know that other animals don’t wear shoes… Except for horses… but I digress.)

In this book, Gerald Durrell examines
Siddharth Nishar
Aug 30, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
This is an unlikely read for someone who isn't particularly interested in animals. But fear not, desultory reader, this book is worth your time. How, you may ask?

The author has (much to the chagrin of the marketing team responsible for the nursery-book cover) penned a light but conscientious and well-reasoned case for what zoological gardens should aspire to become. The innumerable anecdotes steeped in sentimentality and wonder serve to underlind his stance on topics ranging from the correct arc
Jules Jones
Nowadays, a good many zoos are seriously involved in conservation work, the last hope for some of the most endangered species on the planet. In the 1970s, that wasn't the case. This book was Durrell's polemic against the keeping of wild animals purely for entertainment purposes, an impassioned plea for things to change. In a series of seven essays he set out the case for zoological gardens to be genuine centres of scientific excellence devoted to the preservation and breeding of the animals in t ...more
Profundus Librum
Oct 10, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mindennél jobban becsülöm azokat a könyveket, melyek képesek elültetni bennem a kételkedés szikráját, és a történet végére érve elérik, hogy gyökeresen másként gondolkodjak egy adott témáról. Gerald Durrellnek nemcsak sikerült meggyőznie az állatkertek létjogosultságáról, de számos tévhitet is végérvényesen tisztázott. Megtanított arra, hogy a ketreceket az állatok szemszögéből kritizáljam, miközben szörnyülködőből érdeklődő és tudatos látogatóvá fejlődtem. Kételkedő énemnek bebizonyította, hogy ...more
Apr 27, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Durrell argues in this book that entertainment cannot be the primary goal of a zoo, and instead it should focus on breeding of almost extinct species, on the reintroduction of these species in the wild, and on research. On the other hand, Durrell saw himself how difficult it is to get financing for something that isn't profitable. It amazing and admirable how he succeeded with his Jersey Zoo (now a global conservation organisation that strives to save species from extinction) thanks to donations ...more
Jun 15, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: animal-books
Gerald Durrell helped establish a model zoo on the Isle of Jersey, an experience that caused him to reconsider the whole question of wild animals in human hands.

"On one level, the book is about zoos. More profoundly, however, THE STATIONARY ARK is about the misuse of wild animals in captivity. Durrell's material reveals a fascinating blind spot in modern zoological thought, namely that we are almost completely ignorant about the important facts of many wild animals' lives." (Saturday Review)
Feb 28, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: listened-to
Very good book. Written in the 1970's, its the description of how zoos should work, what they need to do to be conservation organizations, and why some of the common criticisms of zoos are not correct - although it indicates there are other criticisms that SHOULD be leveled at a lot of the institutions. It gives very good arguments, as well as fun anecdotes. It gives a list of questions visitors should ask their zoos, to keep them accountable and on track with the real mission.

A very good liste
Mar 19, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I found this book less entertaining than others by Durrell. It was certainly interesting, but more of a guide to running a zoo than a travel novel, which most other Durrell books are.

I gave it three stars because I love the writing style and the fact that Durrell is so passionate about all aspects of zookeeping.
Probably my least favourite Durrell book to date, unfortunately.
Worth reading if you intend to visit his zoo on the Isle of Jersey.
I have no idea why this infomercial for the Jersey Trust qualifies as a book. *on a nostalgic binge of rereading Durrell*
Evelin Lang
Jun 28, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I especially liked the paragraph about the Zoo architecture :) Could be used as a nice case-study for anyone curious about usability :)
Apr 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love Gerald Durrell's style of writing! He really does make one laugh out loud! Reading about his experience of starting and running his zoo, were both informative and hilarious!
Jul 26, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
One for the fans: Durrell writes about how one should manage and run a zoo as a conservation unit. Loads of interesting ideas, a couple of great anecdotes but a bit too po faced for me.
Apr 25, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As Gerald Durrell made me visit Corfu with his Corfu Trilogy, so did he make me long to see the Isle of Jersey. Once I surely will!
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Gerald "Gerry" Malcolm Durrell was born in India in 1925. His elder siblings are Lawrence Durrell, Leslie Durrell, and Margaret Durrell. 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 ...more