Gerald Durrell

Gerald Durrell
OBE
Gerald Durrell in Askania Nova, 1985
Gerald Durrell in Askania Nova, 1985
BornGerald Malcolm Durrell
(1925-01-07)7 January 1925
Jamshedpur, British India
Died30 January 1995(1995-01-30) (aged 70)
Saint Helier, Jersey
Known forFounder of Jersey Zoo, television presenter, conservationist
Spouse(s)
Parent(s)Lawrence Samuel Durrell and Louisa Durrell
FamilyLawrence (brother), Margaret (sister), Leslie Durrell (brother)

Gerald Malcolm Durrell, OBE (7 January 1925 – 30 January 1995) was a British naturalist, zookeeper, conservationist, author, and television presenter. He founded the Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust and the Jersey Zoo on the Channel Island of Jersey in 1959. He wrote a number of books based on his life as an animal collector and enthusiast, the most famous being My Family and Other Animals. He was the youngest brother of novelist Lawrence Durrell.

Early life and education

Durrell was born in Jamshedpur, India on 7 January 1925.[1] He was the fifth and final child (an elder sister died in infancy) of Louisa Florence Dixie and Lawrence Samuel Durrell, both of whom were born in India of English and Irish descent. Durrell's father was a British engineer and, as was commonplace and befitting the family status, the infant Durrell spent most of his time in the company of an ayah (nursemaid). Durrell reportedly recalled his first visit to a zoo in India and attributed his lifelong love of animals to that encounter.

The family moved to Britain shortly before the death of his father in 1928 and settled in the Upper Norwood, Crystal Palace area of South London.[2] Durrell was enrolled in Wickwood School, but frequently stayed at home feigning illness.[3] He studied in St Josephs School North Point Darjeeling.

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