Beasts in My Belfry

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Summersdale Publishers, 2009 - Zoo keepers - 213 pages
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Gerald Durrell would one day become a much-loved conservationist. In Beasts in My Belfryhe takes his first step towards fulfilling his ambition in this charming account of his job as a student keeper at Whipsnade Park in 1945.The eager young Durrell observes his co-workers and animal charges alike, including Albert, the ventriloquist lion, who amuses himself by jumping out at people. Whether getting dirty mucking out the buff alo enclosure or attempting to cajole a skittish gnu into a transportation crate, life in the zoo is certainly never boring.

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User Review  - Jan - Goodreads

I love these Gerald Durrell stories of his life before he opened his Zoo in Jersey. These detailed his first real job, as a zoo keeper at Whipsnade zoo in the 1950's. His introduction to all of the different animal categories, and what drove his desire to open his own zoo. Read full review

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User Review  - Lisa - Goodreads

Entertaining first experiences working in a zoo 60 plus years ago in England. Read full review

About the author (2009)

Gerald Durrell was born on January 7, 1925 in Jamshedpur, India to British parents. After the death of his father in 1928, the family lived in England and Europe before settling in Corfu, where he spent much of his childhood. Educated by private tutors, he became interested in natural history and amassed a private collection of dozens of creatures from scorpions to owls. He went on numerous wildlife expeditions and founded the Jersey Zoological Park and the Jersey Wildlife Preservation Trust with the purpose of breeding endangered species. His first book, The Overloaded Ark, was published in 1953. He wrote 37 books during his lifetime including My Family and Other Animals, The Bafut Beagles, A Zoo in My Luggage, Rosy Is My Relative, and The Mockery Bird. He received the Order of the British Empire in 1982 and was featured in the United Nations' Roll of Honor for Environmental Achievement in 1988. He died from complications related to a liver transplant on January 30, 1995 at the age of 70.

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