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    Gerald Durrell(Author)

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On this speck of volcanic soil in the middle of a vast sea, a complete, unique and peaceful world was created slowly and carefully. It waited there for hundreds of thousands of years for an annihilating invasion of voracious animals for which it was totally unprepared, a cohort of rapacious beasts led by the worst predator in the world, Homo sapiens...In an incredibly short space of time, a number of unique species had vanished...Mauritius, the green and mountainous island in the Indian Ocean that was once the home of the ill-fated dodo, still had among its fauna many unique but endangered species, among them Mauritius kestrels, Telfair's skinks, Gunther's geckos and pink pigeons. The indigenous flora and fauna of Mauritius were, by the 1970s, hanging onto their existence by their fingernails.When Gerald Durrell went to rescue some of these creatures from extinction, he experienced danger and discomfort, but enjoyed the adventures greatly. By the end of his trip, he had an extraordinary collection of animals to take to his Jersey sanctuary from where the progeny could, in time, be restored to Mauritius.

"Informative (and often very funny) book is concerned with Gerald Durrell's life-long work to protect endangered species" --lifeoutloud.co.uk, January 2008

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  • PDF | 176 pages
  • Gerald Durrell(Author)
  • Summersdale (4 Feb. 2008)
  • English
  • 5
  • Science & Nature

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  • By Katie Stevens on 6 December 2011

    In this particular volume of Durrell's memoirs of his journeys he travels to Mauritius with the dual aim of educating a Mauritian student in the conservation of the local wildlife and catching some of the more endangered species to take back to his Jersey zoo to start breeding programmes. It sees him and his companions encountering marijuana growers in the high forests and scrambling around on exposed rocky islands chasing after skinks, all told with Durrell's characteristic humour and flair for recounting anecdotes.This isn't my favourite of Durrell's books that I've read so far, probably because it seems to focus more on the zoological aspects of Durrell's expedition than some of his other books. Although Durrell's animal stories are wonderful, it's his descriptions of human antics that accompany them which I enjoy the most and I think the balance between the two isn't as even in Golden Bats and Pink Pigeons as in others, particularly his Corfu stories.Nonetheless, it remains an entertaining book, not least because of some worrying illustrations of Gerald Durrell in the sort of terrifyingly short shorts worn only by teenage girls and British men of a certain age when on holiday in hot countries where they think no one will notice. Dodgy clothing choices aside, his stories never fail to elicit a chuckle. His account of chasing skinks over Round Island is a joy to read, and he is able to characterise animals in an unfailingly vivid and comic manner. Take for example his description of some monkeys: "We rounded one corner and came unexpectedly upon a troop of eight Macaque monkeys, sitting at the side of the road, their piggy eyes and air of untrustworthy arrogance making them look exactly like a board meeting of one of the less reliable consortiums in the City of London."Although it may not have been my favourite of his memoirs, Golden Bats and Pink Pigeons has reaffirmed Gerald Durrell's place in my heart and on my bookshelf as a sure writer for a cheering book.

  • By Jay on 14 March 2007

    Gerald Durrell was a famous environmentalist who added a very human touch to his writings. The title of the book describes his conservation efforts centred in the Mauritian mainland and Round Island.Durrell visited Mauritius several times and co-ordinated large scale conservation efforts in Mauritius, involving captive breeding programs for native birds and reptiles, ecological recovery of Round Island, training local staff, and setting up local in-situ and ex-situ conservation facilities. This ultimately led to the founding of the Mauritian Wildlife Foundation in 1984.Durrel's description of the Mauritian traffic when making his way from the airport makes an interesting start to his book. Since I live in Mauritius, it is very appropriate and you can tell from the style that his guy writes from the heart in a blunt no holds barred way.

  • By Nicola Evans on 4 February 2008

    I have recently rediscovered the pleasures of reading Gerald Durrell when I came across these reprints from Summersdale publishing. It has been a wonderful experience revisiting these magical true life stories stories and even more poignant in today's climate. A Man ahead of his time.

  • By Malle on 12 April 2015

    Excellent Item did not come with the cover shown so initially was slightly disappointed until I opened the book and found it to be 1st edition by the American company who Gerald Durrel sanctioned to originally publish the book and if that wasn't the greatest thing ever on the next page it bears Gerald Durrels actual signature not a copied signature but his pen work in the book............absolutely over the moon with this purchase brought a tear to the wife's eye when she discovered what I did would highly recommend this seller fantastic price excellent item very, very happyThe book has been glued in the centre pages where the photographs are but I am so happy with this book

  • By Mrs. E. A. Brockway on 7 September 2014

    We are going to Mauritius this year and my husband wanted something to read around the Island. he is enjoying this book very much and says it is an easy read.

  • By motown77 on 26 June 2010

    Golden Bats and Pink Pigeons (Revival) I would reocmmend this book to anyone who has ever read any Gerald Durrell books and to anyone who loves wildlife or comic books. Durrell is a wonderful writer and lover of animals and a fantastic conservationist.

  • By MaggieMac on 31 January 2016

    Durrell!! What more is needed.


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