The Stationary Ark: A Warm, Wise, and Funny Account of His Struggles to Create the Perfect Zoo
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Gerald Durrell was a zoo maniac from the age of two when he starting collecting everything alive, from minnows to woodlice. In this book he writes about setting up the Wildlife Preservation Trust in Jersey - a a place of entertainment, research and eduction.
birds’ point of view, yet presumably it was for them that it was built. I have seen a newly laid-out paddock for Bactrian camels, where the only thing preventing the animals from mixing with the public and biting and kicking them in the charming way that camels have, was an eighteen-inch step. I was assured that this was sufficient, as camels did not like to step down. I look forward to hearing whether the camels knew about this when they were eventually moved into their new paddock. It is
other, he would be able to see and even to touch his baby if Gina allowed it, but there would be no risk of him sitting on it by accident, while performing his circus acts round the cage. The Sunday morning when, according to our records, Gina was about due to give birth, Philip Coffey, who is in charge of our ape colony, saw her trying to make a nest out of sawdust and wandering about in a restless fashion. She was given half a bale of straw, with which she immediately constructed a nest. This
that he had paid proper attention to the demonstration. His final qualification was that he was just the right age to become N’Pongo’s and Nandi’s husband. Lang had extolled his virtues in letters and, rather in the manner of the early royal marriages, photographs had been exchanged. We were told that Jambo was exceptionally powerful and exceedingly handsome, black but comely and with a rather humorous expression. We all thought he was perfect. Now we had to wait to see if the two females agreed.
Slingsby administered some opium drops to them, through which kindness they became quite warm and slept soundly.’ Edward Lear ‘Herba Sacra. The “divine weed”, vervain, said by the old Romans to cure the bites of all rabid animals, to arrest the progress of venom, to cure the plague, to avert sorcery and witchcraft, to reconcile enemies, etc.’ Brewer’s Dictionary of Phrase & Fable The discovery, identification and subsequent curing of an illness in animals is a task so fraught with difficulty
greatly impassioned patient (in this case a mongoose) in an old plimsoll so as to give it an enema with a scent spray, purchased (in desperation) in the local native market? What dedicated Harley Street specialist would disrobe himself before an audience of some 200 fascinated Africans and prod himself all over with a hypodermic syringe, in order to persuade a highly suspicious (and immensely powerful) baboon that this was a most desirable and fashionable experience? What fastidious Harley Street