Enjoying the Durrells

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.

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2 comments

  1. Gerald Durrell’s Corfu trilogy were amongst the first grown-up books I ever read, given to me by my grandmother back in the 70s. I like the TV show very much but the books have a lot more about the actual wild animals that Gerry interacts with, as well as being very funny. Well worth reading!

    Love your blog by the way!

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