By Gerald Malcolm Durrell
A captivating account of Gerald Durrell’s first activity as a pupil keeper in Whipsnade Park in 1945.
Gerald Durrell used to be certainly one of Britain’s best-loved naturalists, whose books, together with My kinfolk and different Animals, proceed to entertain and amuse generations of youngsters and adults alike. Fifteen of his vintage titles have now been republished through Bello.
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A Lusk of Lions For lo, the gentil kind of the lioun! Chaucer, The Legend of Good Women I admit it came as something of a shock to be told that I was to start work on the lions. I flatter myself that I showed no outward sign of uneasiness when Phil told me, but I did feel he might have let me start on something fairly tame – a herd of dewy-eyed deer, for example. It seemed rather unfair to pitchfork me in amongst a lot of lions before I had got to grips with the job. However, I received the news with all the nonchalance I could muster and set off through the park in search of my section.
A Gallivant of Gnus 6. A Bumble of Bears 7. A Loom of Giraffe 8. A Superiority of Camels 9. Odd-Beast Boy 10. Beasts in My Belfry Epilogue Afterword A Message from the Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust 1. A Bevy of Beasts They say that a child who aspires to be an engine driver very rarely grows up to fill that role in life. If this is so then I am an exceptionally lucky person, for at the age of two I made up my mind quite firmly and unequivocally that the only thing I wanted to do was to study animals.
It was, I discovered, a habit he had and you could always tell in which part of the grounds he happened to be by this incessant tuneless whistle. Presently, we came to a series of what looked like immense and very ugly cement pillboxes. These, I was to discover, formed the Elephant House. Behind them was a small shed in which the elephant keepers were having their tea break. ‘Er . . ’ A short, stocky little man appeared, with a bald head and shy, rather dreamy blue eyes. Charlie, this is . . er .