Children’s Picture Books by Gerald Durrell

Gerald Durrell has written several picture books for children, from board books to illustrated stories. They all draw heavily on his experiences with animals and childhood, and are basically more child friendly versions of his autobiographical anecdotes. Like his other books, there’s either a young boy, a young man or a jovial, elderly uncle-type figure […]

Gerald Durrell’s Collecting Expedition Stories

Famous for his writing and his conservation, Gerald Durrell was a a collector for zoos (both other people’s and his own), and went on many expeditions all over the world. To fund many of these expeditions, he published books about them, which were (and still are) incredibly popular. His earlier and his later expeditions are quite […]

Gerald Durrell’s Corfu Trilogy

The best selling stories of Gerald Durrell’s childhood on Corfu with his family and his animals From 1935 to 1939, the Durrell family escaped from England and emigrated to sunny Corfu, an island off the coast of Greece. Here a young Gerald Durrell roamed wild, collecting everything from geckoes to birds, met many strange characters […]

Pros and Cons of Reptile Pets

Phelsuma cepediana day gecko

Keeping lizards or snakes in captivity was once restricted to serious herpetologists (as they saw themselves)/weird eccentrics (as many others saw them).  However, in recent years having a pet leopard gecko or a bearded dragon is becoming pretty mainstream. If you are considering a reptile pet, you need to do a lot of research about […]

Three Surprising Animals That Won the Nobel Prize

Xenopus laevis model organism

Ok, animals don’t get awarded the Nobel Prize, it is the scientists who use them in their work that do.  Most people think of scientists as working with mice or rats (hence the term “lab rat”), which a hell of a lot of them do. However, there are plenty of other “model organisms” that are […]