The Aye-Aye and I

Author(s): Gerald Durrell

Biography

'In the gloom it came along the branches towards me, its round, hypnotic eyes blazing, its spoon-like ears turning to and fro independently like radar dishes . . . it was Lewis Carroll's Jabberwocky come to life . . . one of the most incredible creatures I had ever been privileged to meet.'

The fourth largest island in the world, Madagascar is home to woodlice the size of golf balls, moths the size of Regency fans and the Aye-Aye, a type of lemur held by local superstion to be an omen of death. But when Gerald Durrell visited the island, the destruction of the forests meant that the Aye-Aye and many other unique creatures were in danger of extinction.

In his unique travel log, Durrell recalls hopping over rickety bridges, tasting exotic foods and close encounters with the world's deadliest animals - all of which he takes in his stride. Collecting a few scrapes along the way, Durrell's quest proves worthwhile as he finally glimpses the elusive primate and brings it back to his breeding sanctuary in Jersey.

Told with his unique sense of humour and inimitable charm, Gerald Durrell's The Aye Aye and Iis the final adventure from one of Britain's best loved conservationists.

'Animals come close to being Durrell's best friends. He writes about them with style, verve and humour.' Time

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Gerald Durrell was born in Jamshedpur, India, in 1925. He returned to England in 1928 before settling on the island of Corfu with his family. In 1945 he joined the staff of Whipsnade Park as a student keeper, and in 1947 he led his first animal-collecting expedition to the Cameroons. He later undertook numerous further expeditions, visiting Paraguay, Argentina, Sierra Leone, Mexico, Mauritius, Assam and Madagascar. His first television programme, Two in the Bush which documented his travels to New Zealand, Australia and Malaya was made in 1962; he went on to make seventy programmes about his trips around the world. He was awarded the OBE in 1982. Encouraged to write about his life's work by his brother, Durrell published his first book, The Overloaded Ark, in 1953. It soon became a bestseller and he went on to write thirty-six other titles, including My Family and Other Animals, The Bafut Beagles, Encounters with Animals, The Whispering Land, Menagerie Manor, The Amateur Naturalist and The Aye-Aye and I. Gerald Durrell died in 1995.

General Fields

  • : 9780670920686
  • : Penguin Books, Limited
  • : Penguin Books, Limited
  • : 0.154
  • : September 2012
  • : 198mm X 129mm X 13mm
  • : books

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  • : Paperback
  • : 190