Gerald Durrell Writer

Gerald "Gerry" Malcolm Durrell, OBE (January 7, 1925 – January 30, 1995) was a naturalist, zookeeper, conservationist, author and television presenter. He founded what is now called the Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust and the Jersey Zoo (now Durrell Wildlife Park) on the Channel Island of Jersey in 1958, but is perhaps best remembered for writing a number of books based on his life as an animal collector and enthusiast. He was the youngest brother of the novelist Lawrence Durrell. Durrell was born in Jamshedpur, India on 7 January 1925. He was the fourth surviving and final child of Louisa Florence Dixie and Lawrence Samuel Durrell, both of whom were born in India of English and Irish descent. Durrell's father was a British engineer and as was commonplace and befitting family status, the infant Durrell spent most of his time in the company of an ayah (nursemaid). Durrell reportedly recalled his first visit to a zoo in India and attributed his life-long love of animals to that encounter. The family moved to England after the death of his father in 1928 and settled in the Upper Norwood - Crystal Palace area of South London.

Personal details

Date of birth
January 7th, 1925
Nationality
United Kingdom
Date of death
January 30th, 1995 at age of 70
Place of death
Jersey
Cause of death
Sepsis

Family

Parents
Siblings
Spouses

Member of order 1

Order name Title Member from
Officer of the Order of the British Empire

Employments

Company Founded Positions
Duke University
1838
Official site
Other people associated with Duke University
Commentator
Film Producer

Organizations founded

1. Mauritian Wildlife Foundation

Conservation Organization

Wikiedia article

The Mauritian Wildlife Foundation is a non-governmental, non-profit conservation agency working in Mauritius to save threatened endemic local flora and fauna. The Mauritian Wildlife Appeal Fund was established in 1984 under the initiative of naturalist Gerald Durrell and the Jersey Wildlife Preservation Trust principally to raise funds for the conservation of endemic Mauritius wildlife. The conservation work in Mauritius began as a species orientated program concentrating on a few critically endangered species, including the Mauritius Kestrel and the Pink Pigeon. The initiation of the conservation program in 1976 was popularized by Gerald Durrell in his book Golden Bats and Pink Pigeons. In 1996, the organization expanded its operations to habitat restoration, including the management of native forests and small islands. The evolution of MWF from a funding and administration organization to that of a hands-on conservation agency was reflected in the new name adopted that year, the Mauritian Wildlife Foundation. The Foundation is now perfecting whole ecosystem management and restoration, which includes predator and pest control.

2. EcoHealth Alliance

Organization

Date funded

1971

Wikiedia article

EcoHealth Alliance, known as Wildlife Trust until 2010, is a non-profit, non-governmental organization headquartered in New York City working on conservation ecology and issues in the United States and around the world. EcoHealth Alliance is an international organization of scientists dedicated to the conservation of biodiversity. EcoHealth Alliance’s work spans the U.S. and more than 20 countries in Central and South America, the Caribbean, Africa and Asia to research ways for people and wildlife to share ecosystems for their mutual survival. EcoHealth Alliance, a conservation science innovator, specializes in saving biodiversity in human-dominated landscapes where ecological health is most at risk because of habitat loss, species imbalance, pollution and other environmental issues caused by human-induced change. EcoHealth Alliance was founded in 1971 by British naturalist, author and television personality Gerald Durrell, who is perhaps best known for his many entertaining books based on his life’s work with animals, as well as a dozen series on the BBC.

3. Wildlife Preservation Canada

Organization

Wikiedia article

Wildlife Preservation Canada is a non-profit, non-governmental organization working on conservation and captive breeding issues in Canada. It is headquartered in Guelph, Ontario. It was founded in 1985 by Gerald Durrell as a sister organization of the Jersey Wildlife Preservation Trust, and was initially known as the Wildlife Preservation Trust Canada. It was founded on the lines of its other sister organization Wildlife Trust in the United States. It also initially shared the Dodo logo with the Jersey Wildlife Preservation Trust, before having the present logo. The Trust supports young environmentalists with the Canada's New Noah program.

4. Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust

Organization

Official web page

Wikiedia article

Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust is a conservation organisation with a mission to save species from extinction. Gerald Durrell founded the Jersey Wildlife Preservation Trust as a charitable institution in 1963 with the Dodo as its symbol. The trust was renamed Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust in its founder's honour on 26 March 1999. Its patron is Princess Anne, the Princess Royal. Its headquarters are at Les Augrès Manor on the isle of Jersey in the English Channel. The grounds of Les Augrès Manor form the Durrell Wildlife Park, which was originally established by Gerald Durrell in 1959 as a sanctuary and breeding centre for endangered species. The zoological park was known as the Jersey Zoo at that time.

Starring TV roles

1. Ark on the Move

Character Performance type Networks Seasons From To Created by First epizode air date Last epizode air date Num. of seassons Regular cast Languages
January 4th, 1982 March 29th, 1982 English

2. The Stationary Ark

Character Performance type Networks Seasons From To Created by First epizode air date Last epizode air date Num. of seassons Regular cast Languages
September 16th, 1975 December 9th, 1975 English

Regular TV appearances

1. Catch Me a Colobus

Documentary
Performance type Networks Seasons From To Created by First epizode air date Last epizode air date Num. of seassons Languages Regular cast
Narrator
1968

Guest TV appearances

This Is Your Life

Program genre

Biographical film
Documentary film
Reality television

External resources

This is Your Life is a British biographical television documentary, based on the 1952 American show of the same name. It was hosted by Eamonn Andrews from 1955 until 1964, and then from 1969 until his death in 1987 aged 64. Michael Aspel then took up the role of host until the show ended in 2003. It returned in 2007 as a one-off special presented by Trevor McDonald, which to date was its most recent airing.nIn the show the host surprises a special guest, before taking them through their life with the assistance of the 'big red book'. Both celebrities and non-celebrities have been 'victims' of the show. The show was originally broadcast live, and over its run it has alternated between being broadcast on the BBC and on ITV.
Appearance history
Epizode Air date Role Writer Director
S00-E18 February 23rd, 1983

Written work

1.The Overloaded Ark

Biographical novel
Editions Subjects Co-authors
1953. at London

2.The Bafut Beagles

Editions Subjects Co-authors
1954. at New York City

3.The Drunken Forest

Editions Subjects Co-authors
1956. at New York City

4.My Family and Other Animals

Drama
Editions Subjects Co-authors
1957. at New York City
Zoology
Natural history
Biology

5.The Whispering Land

Editions Subjects Co-authors
1962. at New York City

6.Menagerie Manor

Editions Subjects Co-authors
1964. by Hart-Davis (176 pages)

7.Rosy is my relative

Editions Subjects Co-authors
1968. at New York City

8.The donkey rustlers

Editions Subjects Co-authors
1968. at New York City

9.Fillets of Plaice

Editions Subjects Co-authors
1971. at New York City

10.Catch me a colobus

Editions Subjects Co-authors
1972. at New York City

11.Fauna and Family

Editions Subjects Co-authors
1979. at New York City

12.The Mockery Bird

Editions Subjects Co-authors
1981. at London
1983. by Fontana (224 pages)

13.The Garden of the Gods

Editions Subjects Co-authors
1983. at Moscow

14.How to shoot an amateur naturalist

Editions Subjects Co-authors
1984. at Boston

15.The Talking Parcel

Speculative fiction
Editions Subjects Co-authors
1999. by HarperTrophy (197 pages)

Namesakes

1.Durrell Institute of Conservation and Ecology

Organization
The Durrell Institute of Conservation and Ecology is a subdivision and research institute of the School of Anthropology and Conservation at the University of Kent, started in 1989 and named in honour of the famous British naturalist Gerald Durrell. It is the first institute in the United Kingdom to award undergraduate and postgraduate degrees and diplomas in the fields of Conservation, Eco-tourism, and Biodiversity Management. The institute awards diplomas to graduates of the International Training Centre for captive breeding and zoo specialists at the Durrell Wildlife Park, founded by Gerald Durrell. The Durrell Institute's graduate degree programme began in 1991 with a class of seven international students. Adopting a unique teaching model, specialized instructors from various institutions contributed short, intensive courses in biological conservation and management issues. The founder of DICE, Professor Ian Swingland, was awarded the OBE in 2007 for his services to conservation and sustainability.
Founded Headquarters Official website
1989
Marlowe Building, CT2 7NR - Canterbury, South East England

2.Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust

Organization
Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust is a conservation organisation with a mission to save species from extinction. Gerald Durrell founded the Jersey Wildlife Preservation Trust as a charitable institution in 1963 with the Dodo as its symbol. The trust was renamed Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust in its founder's honour on 26 March 1999. Its patron is Princess Anne, the Princess Royal. Its headquarters are at Les Augrès Manor on the isle of Jersey in the English Channel. The grounds of Les Augrès Manor form the Durrell Wildlife Park, which was originally established by Gerald Durrell in 1959 as a sanctuary and breeding centre for endangered species. The zoological park was known as the Jersey Zoo at that time.
Official website

3.Durrell Wildlife Park

Zoo
Durrell Wildlife Park is a zoological park established in 1958 on the island of Jersey in the English Channel by naturalist and author Gerald Durrell. It is operated by the Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust. It has approximately 169,000 visitors per year, despite a lack of emphasis on large animals and its relatively out-of-the-way location; visitor numbers tend to vary with the tourist trade to Jersey. Jersey Zoo has always concentrated on rare and endangered species. It has mammals, birds, amphibians and reptiles, comprising over 130 species. Since 1964, the zoo has been home to the Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust.
Located in Geolocation Official website
Trinity, Jersey
49.22949,-2.07338

4.Gerald Durrell Endemic Wildlife Sanctuary

Protected Site
The Gerald Durrell Endemic Wildlife Sanctuary is an animal sanctuary founded in 1984, in Western Mauritius. It is an area closed off to the public, in the Black River Gorge region, which is densely forested, and is used for breeding rare, endemic Mauritian species. Even though it is not open to the public, it is the facility most resembling a zoo on the island. Among the endangered species in the sanctuary is the Mauritius Kestrel, once the rarest bird in the world with only 4 members left. It has been successfully bred and the population has now reached the capacity of Mauritius. The sanctuary is named after the famous naturalist Gerald Durrell, who has been associated with Mauritius' conservation movement from its very inception in the 1970s, and who adopted the logo of the extinct Mauritian bird Dodo for his Jersey Wildlife Preservation Trust. The sanctuary is run jointly by the National Parks and Conservation Service and Mauritian Wildlife Foundation, with the help of the Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust.
Located in Geolocation
Rivière Noire District
-20.416667,57.333333

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