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The Ark's Anniversary

by Gerald Durrell

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Not one of his best.

This is a bit too obviously a cash cow. Written in honour of the Jeasy Wildlife preservation Trust's 25 th birthday it is a snapshot of the achievements in their distinguished history. Starting out with Gerald's desire to own a zoo since he was aged six it details the beginning of the trust (some 4 years after opening the zoo), fundraising trips, and various incidents. The Trust is the scientific body somewhat seperate from the zoo with its own board of directors and patron princess Anne. The book does have a glowing forward from her, which one hopes means she is more than a figurehead.

The aim of the Trust as originally concieved by Gerald lng before mainstream wisdom agreed with him was the re-patriation of endangered species. This book picks up on the few sucess stories, and some of the reasons for the failure of others.

The style if gerald's unique, tolerant and above all else humorous slant at the personification of animals and animalisation of humans, but because 25 yrs is such a long and varied time each incident gets at most a couple of paragraphs. Way to few for Gerald's style to really work. he jus about gets some feeling of sympathy when the cast changes for the next anecdote. All the same if you've not read any of his works and aren't familiar with his aims this is a good place ot start. If however you've read all his previous books, then this will be a disappointment. ( )
  reading_fox | Aug 18, 2007 |
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The Jersey Wildlife Preservation Trust is Gerald Durrell's dream come true. Describing his travels to save creatures from extinction, Durrell's Noah-like experiences are both thought provoking and highly entertaining.

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