The Stationary Ark: A Warm, Wise, and Funny Account of His Struggles to Create the Perfect Zoo

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9780671228781: The Stationary Ark: A Warm, Wise, and Funny Account of His Struggles to Create the Perfect Zoo

Gerald Durrell helped establish a model zoo on the Isle of Jersey, an experience that caused him to reconsider the whole question of wild animals in human hands.

"On one level, the book is about zoos. More profoundly, however, THE STATIONARY ARK is about the misuse of wild animals in captivity. Durrell's material reveals a fascinating blind spot in modern zoological thought, namely that we are almost completely ignorant about the important facts of many wild animals' lives." (Saturday Review)

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This is the story of the building of the Jersey zoo, a lifelong ambition of British naturalist, Gerald Durrell. Like many of his previous books, this one is narrated by actor Nigel Davenport. Davenport is Durrell by now, and we would probably be disappointed to hear the author's real voice. The production values are excellent, and the content interesting to all who like animal stories. This makes an ideal purchase for libraries with James Herriot fans. The packaging is attractive, the narration appealing and the story charming. One criticism is the way the author shamelessly solicits funds for his zoo--understandable given Durrell's zeal about his zoo. E.F. (c)AudioFile, Portland, Maine

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