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The Durrells New TV Series in 2016. About the Jersey Zoo Founder
Set in 1935 when the Englishwoman Louisa Durrell, whose life took a downturn decided to move from London to the island of Corfu,Greece. Her husband had died years before and she had money problems. She announces to the four children the move to the island and arguments start, especially when they find out that Corfu has no electricity at that periode. But it is cheap to live, an earthly paradise and a huge step for the Durrell family.
Gerald “Gerry” Malcolm Durrell, OBE (7 January 1925 – 30 January 1995) was an English naturalist, zookeeper, conservationist, author, and television presenter. He founded what is now called the Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust and the Durrell Wildlife Park on the Island of Jersey in 1959, but is perhaps best remembered for writing a number of books based on his life as an animal collector and enthusiast. He was the youngest brother of novelist Lawrence Durrell.
Gerald, his mother, his brother Leslie, and their Greek maid Maria Kondos moved back to England in 1939 at the start of World War II. It was difficult to find a job in the war and post-war years, especially for a home-schooled young man, but the enterprising Durrell worked as a helper at an aquarium and pet shop. Some of the difficulties that he faced in this period can be found in Fillets of Plaice.
His call-up for the war came in 1943, but he was exempted from military duty on medical grounds, and asked to serve the war effort by working on a farm. After the war, Durrell joined Whipsnade Zoo as a junior or student keeper. This move fulfilled a lifelong dream: Durrell claims in The Stationary Ark that the first word that he could enunciate with any clarity was “zoo”. Beasts in My Belfry recalls events of this period.
Durrell founded the Jersey Zoological Park (now Durrell Wildlife Park) in 1959 to house his growing collection of animals. The site for the zoo, a 17th-century manor house, Les Augres Manor, came to Durrell’s notice by chance after a long and unsuccessful search for a suitable site. Durrell leased the manor and set up his zoo on the redesigned manor grounds. In the same year, Durrell undertook another, more successful expedition to South America to collect endangered species. The zoo was opened to the public in 1959 on 26 March.