A Zoo in My Luggage

A Zoo in My Luggage

Book - 2005
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For animal lovers of all ages, the true story of how Gerald Durrell and his wife founded England's Jersey Zoo. The book begins with an account of Durrell's third trip to the British Cameroons in West Africa, during which he and his wife capture animals to start their own zoo. Returning to England with a few additions to their family, they have nowhere to put them as they haven't yet secured a place for their zoo. Durrell's account of how he manages his menagerie in all sorts of places throughout England while finding a permanent home for the animals provides as much adventure as capturing them--From publisher description.
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Penguin Books, 2005.
ISBN: 9780143035244
014303524X
Characteristics: 198 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm
Summary: For animal lovers of all ages, the true story of how Gerald Durrell and his wife founded England's Jersey Zoo. The book begins with an account of Durrell's third trip to the British Cameroons in West Africa, during which he and his wife capture animals to start their own zoo. Returning to England with a few additions to their family, they have nowhere to put them as they haven't yet secured a place for their zoo. Durrell's account of how he manages his menagerie in all sorts of places throughout England while finding a permanent home for the animals provides as much adventure as capturing them--From publisher description.

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barbaraszijarto
Dec 10, 2017

Another adventure story from the entertaining Gerald Durrell who sadly departed this world in 1995; however his legacy lives on for the benefit of many endangered species with the creation of the Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust.

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GuyN
Jan 30, 2014

Durrell returns to the Cameroons in search of animals for his own zoo. He renews his acquaintance with the Fon of Bafut and meets a variety of new and challenging animals (for the black footed mongoose see Quotation) and many eager, helpful locals. Much hilarity ensues as Durrell is, as ever, quite capable of seeing the humor in disaster, even when he is the buffoon in the piece. His precise prose satisfies as a travelogue, an animal/human adventure, or as pure humor. I enjoy it as all three.

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GuyN
Mar 03, 2014

A quotation from the book while I mull over my review:<br/>I wanted a wooden box to house the first animal we had acquired. This was an extremely rare creature, a baby black-footed mongoose… after struggling with her for two hours in the front seat of the truck, my enthusiasm had begun to wane. Firstly she had wanted to investigate every nook and cranny in the cab, and, fearing that she might get tangled upin the gears and break a leg or something, I had imprisoned her inside my shirt. For the first half-hour she had stalked round and round my body, sniffing loudly. For the next half-hour she had made several determined attempts to dig a hole in my stomach with her exceedingly sharp claws, and on being persuaded to desist from this occupation she had seized a large portion of my abdomen in her mouth and sucked it vigorously and hopefully, while irrigating me with an apparently unending stream of warm and pungent urine.

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