A Zoo in My Luggage

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Author(s): Gerald Durrell
Series: Zoo Memoirs Series No: 1
Genre: Travel, Science
CD - unabridged
Audio (5 discs)
Product Number: DD43666
Released: Jan 11, 2019
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781982642839
Narrator/s: Rupert Degas
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A Zoo in My Luggage is the colourful, first-hand account of Gerald Durrell's six-month animal-collecting trip in British Cameroon, and his attempts to create his own zoo. Motivated by a passion for wildlife, and a desire to save endangered species from extinction, Durrell assembles a glorious panoply of exotic animals - including a female baboon called Georgina, who later runs amok in a department store; a black-eared squirrel, who tries to bury nuts in his ear; and a gentlemanly chimpanzee named Chumly, who greets him with an outstretched hand. Aided by the Fon of Bafut, who houses the collection (and hosts many long and lively parties), Durrell amasses more than 250 animals. He struggles to find a home for the animals back in England, until a stroke of luck leads him to Jersey, and the eventual founding of Durrell Wildlife Park (now Jersey Zoo).

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Author(s): Gerald Durrell
Narrator(s): Rupert Degas
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Genre: Travel, Science
Product Number Z100109514
Released: Feb 08, 2019
Business Term: Purchase
Publisher: Naxos Audiobooks
ISBN: #9781781982303
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Author(s): Gerald Durrell
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Product Number EB00689716
Released: Nov 29, 2016
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Publisher: Open Road Media
ISBN: #9781504041652

Professional reviews

"This clever travel memoir reveals a witty story expertly narrated by the multitalented Rupert Degas. Degas is a kind of verbal ventriloquist at home with the accents, intonations, and styles of the Cameroon natives--royal and commoner alike--and he portrays the very British Durrell quite well, too. His mimicry is remarkable as he recounts naturalist Gerald Durrell's trip to Cameroon to collect all kinds of animals for his personal zoo and details his many adventures. Listening to this entertaining audiobook is at once an enjoyable experience and a reminder that attitudes towards Africa and Africans were distinctly different in the 1950s, when it was written. Those who can forgive, or at least accept, the colonial outlook of the time will be rewarded. A.D.M. © AudioFile 2019, Portland, Maine"