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The Touch of Durrell: A Passion for Animals Hardcover – Illustrated, 31 Oct 2009


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  • Hardcover: 258 pages
  • Publisher: Book Guild Publishing; Ill edition (31 Oct. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 184624370X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1846243707
  • Product Dimensions: 16.3 x 2.5 x 23.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 615,141 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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When a male gorilla comes of age and assumes leadership of his social group, he becomes the silverback, named for the silvery sheen across his back. Jeremy's achievements and interactions with zoo directors and senior conservationists from all over the world established him firmly as a silverback in the world of conservation for the last two decades of the 20th century. --From the Foreword by Lee Durrell

About the Author

During his 42-year career in zoos and conservation, Jeremy Mallinson has studied endangered species of animals in Africa, Asia and South America. In 1959 he joined the staff of the newly formed Jersey Zoological Park, and four years later was appointed as Gerald Durrell's deputy. After Durrell's death in 1995, Jeremy was appointed Director of the renamed Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust. He has written more than 200 papers and articles; addressed conferences in 20 different countries and is the author of seven books, including Okavango Adventure, The Shadow of Extinction and Travels in Search of Endangered Species. In 1997 Jeremy Mallinson was awarded the OBE for his service to animal conservation worldwide, and he has been the recipient of the American Society of Primatologists' Senior Biology and Conservations Award (1997), the World Zoos Organisation's Heini Hediger Award (1998), The Federation of Zoological Gardens of Great Britain and Ireland's Outstanding Achievement Award, and the Zoological Society of San Diego gold medal award for Conservation (2002). In 2000 he received the honorary degree of Doctor of Science (DSc) from the University of Kent.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ap Bisson on 16 Dec. 2009
Format: Hardcover
I really enjoyed this book and thought that the author's enthusiasm and life enjoyment really shone through.

I have read many Durrell books and it was great to learn more "behind the scenes" information about the great man as well as learning about the interesting life of his "right hand man".

I recommend it to anyone !
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By john on 10 Nov. 2010
Format: Hardcover
A very enjoyable read about the author's life and devotion to world wildlife.
It contains educational information interspersed with humourous anecdotes.
Highly recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By pippa on 23 Aug. 2010
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Fascinating background to the founding and running of this successful zoo. Most interesting, especially for people with love of animals.
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Interesting story, mediocre writing style 8 Mar. 2014
By Fotofred - Published on Amazon.com
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Gerald Durrell seems to have been quite a character and his numerous books are classics. Jeremy Mallinson was one of his associates who recounts his own life story and his association with Durrell at the British zoo Durrell founded. Unfortunately, Mallinson does not have the same gift for storytelling that Durrell does. Although the subject matter itself is interesting the writing style is a bit dry. It is not terrible, it is just not great (especially when compared to Durrell's engaging writing). If you are especially interested in Durrell's Jersey Isle Zoo this book may be worth your while. But if you just want a good biography and have no strong connection to Jersey Zoo, you may be disappointed.
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