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I d say that reading Durell is a pure joy Him narrating an otherwise serious issue like a snake in your bedroom also makes you laugh because of his exceptional story telling skills Now imagine him talking about animals, and his zoo and how he acquired each animal and the escapades of those animals I chuckled and laughed out loud in many places and thoroughly enjoyed the book Like all of Gerald Durrell s books that I have read, this was a fun and fast read I love reading his stories about his animal experiences You always learn something new that any animal lover out there, will enjoy learning about This book talks about some of the animals that have made some lasting memories for Gerald during the first five years of his zoo, that he opened up on the Island of Jersey There are some hilarious stories about animals escaping from their cages to some heart warming s Like all of Gerald Durrell s books that I have read, this was a fun and fast read I love reading his stories about his animal experiences You always learn something new that any animal lover out there, will enjoy learning about This book talks about some of the animals that have made some lasting memories for Gerald during the first five years of his zoo, that he opened up on the Island of Jersey There are some hilarious stories about animals escaping from their cages to some heart warming stories like, Topsy, a woolly monkey When Gerald found her in a dealer s shop, she was sick and most likely going to die He felt so sad for her, that he bought her and took her to Jersey When she got there, she was so scared and didn t trust anyone, that the staff came up with an idea to use a stuffed teddy bear as a surrogate mother, for her She became so attached to it, that when it was time to put her in with other monkeys, they had to intrudes a guinea pig named, Harold to help her get weaned from the teddy bear I can t wait to dive into another Gerald Durrell book sometime soon I ve always known about the existence of Gerald Durrell and had the impression that there was much to recommend him, but never got around to reading one of his books A lifelong animal freak, this book is about the zoo he set up on the grounds of an old manor house Jersey Zoological Park in the Channel Islands, with the help of his wife, his mum, his staff and many very tolerant neighbours.While by no means a work that puts any strain on the old brain cells, the book is nonetheless very enjoya I ve always known about the existence of Gerald Durrell and had the impression that there was much to recommend him, but never got around to reading one of his books A lifelong animal freak, this book is about the zoo he set up on the grounds of an old manor house Jersey Zoological Park in the Channel Islands, with the help of his wife, his mum, his staff and many very tolerant neighbours.While by no means a work that puts any strain on the old brain cells, the book is nonetheless very enjoyable and contains lots of cute animal stories I liked the one about the fat skunk, and another one about a young lion who decided he needed to learn how to roar but had to practice quietly in the back of his cage for a long time before showing it off I did feel sorry for all the mice that inevitably were fed to various reptiles, and occasionally wondered how good the living conditions for the animals really were the book was written in the 1960s , but it is still a very feel good book When I finished, I even wondered whether I should reconsider my intense dislike for the entire monkey family, so charming did the author make them sound.I m not going to rush out and read another one of Durrell s books as I suspect you could overdose very easily, but it s nice to know there s a group of books out there that will be enjoyable reading at some stage More of Durrell s tales about animals, this time centered around the zoo in Jersey Acquiring and caring for animals givescharming, informative and sometimes strikingly funny episodes Durrell s prose style is as usual chronologically vague, with little structure the book is really just a series of vignettes Durrell s fatuous personality comes through again, but not so much, and his trials and errors with the care of animals are understandable, considering his position as a pioneer in t More of Durrell s tales about animals, this time centered around the zoo in Jersey Acquiring and caring for animals givescharming, informative and sometimes strikingly funny episodes Durrell s prose style is as usual chronologically vague, with little structure the book is really just a series of vignettes Durrell s fatuous personality comes through again, but not so much, and his trials and errors with the care of animals are understandable, considering his position as a pioneer in the field Having grown up on Gerald Durrell s books, it was an absolute delight to re read Menagerie Manor I think, for the third or fourth time A series of often hysterical anecdotes from the first few years in the life of Durrell s Jersey zoo, the pages trip through the fingers, many of them adorned with wonderful drawings Durrell himself is as fascinating as his stories although, fifty years on, it s inevitable parts have dated Nevertheless, a joy from start to finish I m so pleased Bello books h Having grown up on Gerald Durrell s books, it was an absolute delight to re read Menagerie Manor I think, for the third or fourth time A series of often hysterical anecdotes from the first few years in the life of Durrell s Jersey zoo, the pages trip through the fingers, many of them adorned with wonderful drawings Durrell himself is as fascinating as his stories although, fifty years on, it s inevitable parts have dated Nevertheless, a joy from start to finish I m so pleased Bello books has reprinted the series It has been years since I ve read anything by Durrell, and this book has brought back the enjoyment I had when I was a teenager and reading such gems as Birds, Beasts, and Relatives which sadly I have lost from my shelves In Menagerie Manor, Durrell recounts the efforts, good times, and bad times, experienced while setting up his Zoo in Jersey The tale of the escaped tapir amused me considerably as it is an event that I could picture my family being involved in The plight of the two baby It has been years since I ve read anything by Durrell, and this book has brought back the enjoyment I had when I was a teenager and reading such gems as Birds, Beasts, and Relatives which sadly I have lost from my shelves In Menagerie Manor, Durrell recounts the efforts, good times, and bad times, experienced while setting up his Zoo in Jersey The tale of the escaped tapir amused me considerably as it is an event that I could picture my family being involved in The plight of the two baby orangutans he discovered in Holland makes you sad, and through his writing, you can share the joy of their rehabilitation.Gerald Durrell was a special human being, and his writing will fire you with the zeal of animal conservation a project we should all be involved in |Download Book ☬ Menagerie Manor ♕ Menagerie Manor is sure to delight fans of Durrell s beloved classic My Family and Other Animals and other accounts of his lifelong fascination with members of the animal kingdom With his unfailing charm, Durrell tells the story of how he finally fulfilled his childhood dream of founding his own private zoo, the Manor of Les Augres, on the English Channel island of Jersey With the help of an enduring wife, a selfless staff, and a reluctant bank manager, the zoo grows, and readers are treated to a colorful parade of the zoo s unusual animal inhabitants very amusing and entertaining will definitely be readingof his books. This was a fun book to read about a man starting his own zoo The writing style is humorous, and the illustrations help you to understand how the various animals behave Gerald Durrell s childhood dream to have a zoo of his own came true seven years ago It happened out of the benign necessity of housing numerous birds and animals he could not bear to part with after a collecting trip to Africa How he finally found the perfect place on the Isle of Jersey, and how life has been with his family of animals during those years, form this lively and frequently side splitting book, accompanied by Ralph Thompson s delightful drawings of the individual animals M Gerald Durrell s childhood dream to have a zoo of his own came true seven years ago It happened out of the benign necessity of housing numerous birds and animals he could not bear to part with after a collecting trip to Africa How he finally found the perfect place on the Isle of Jersey, and how life has been with his family of animals during those years, form this lively and frequently side splitting book, accompanied by Ralph Thompson s delightful drawings of the individual animals Mr Durrell is always the first to laugh at himself, however chagrined he may be, and the problems of managing a zoo were an unforeseen and wildly assorted series of adventures The human residents of the quiet neighborhood were tolerant of the newcomers they hunted and donated special food for the diet of exotic feeders, and bore up well under the strain of meeting escapees such as Claudius the tapir, who liked night strolls along the roads They even sponsored a fun d to purchase N Pongo the gorilla, who had to be bedded down in the Durrell guest room until his own quarters were ready But Durrell s light hearted account of the zoo does not conceal its serious purpose The zoo has become a National Trust to preserve species threatened with extinction and to experiment with breeding wild creatures in captivity The five or six hundred animal inhabitants on the Isle of Jersey form one of the most interesting living labratories in the world and Durrell s stories about them have the quality and charm typical of his intimate love and knowledge of animals front back flapsDurrell Wildlife Conservation Trust is a conservation organization 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 and is still in existence today and currently is helping to rewild several habitats around the world.This book is the funniest so far I checked it out of the library yesterday, took it with me to eat dinner, laughed so hard the waitress thought I was choking, got about half way through it and finished it when I got home 180 pages of side splitting adventures as well as stories about the difficulties of running a zoo or trying to coax animals to breed in captivity One of my favorit4e books of all time