The Durrells is good TV, isn’t it? Easy to watch, funny, feel-good, with beautiful settings and good actors.
I heard it’s not really much like the actual family at all but that’s ok because the TV show has taken on a new life. I’ve been reading a bit about the Durrell Foundation as well, which Gerald set up on the island of Jersey in the 1960s: it aimed to protect endangered species from extinction, recognising the worrying rate at which wild species were dying out in their habitats. It was the first time a zoo took on a significant conservation role.
Some of the species that the foundation focus on can be found here and include the black lion tamarin and the pygmy hog.