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A Zoo in My Luggage is the colorful, first-hand account of Gerald Durrell's six-month animal-collecting trip in British Cameroon, and his attempts to create his own zoo. Motivated by a passion for wildlife, and a desire to save endangered species from extinction, Durrell assembles a glorious panoply of exotic animals - including a female baboon called Georgina, who later runs amok in a department store; a black-eared squirrel, who tries to bury nuts in his ear; and a gentlemanly chimpanzee named Chumly, who greets him with an outstretched hand. Aided by the Fon of Bafut, who houses the collection (and hosts many long and lively parties), Durrell amasses more than 250 animals. He struggles to find a home for the animals back in England, until a stroke of luck leads him to Jersey, and the eventual founding of Durrell Wildlife Park (now Jersey Zoo).

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excellent book

I loved this book so much! I loved the original series and was so excited to see you added these other books!

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Delightful reading of a delightful story

Having seen The Durrells in Cofu, I wanted more about their lives. This story, written by the youngest son as a married adult still full of his love for all creatures, was just the thing! I highly recommend it.

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Excellent story and narration. This book is the best and the reader’s accents are everything!

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Entertainment and Enlightenment Combined

I began with "My Family and other Animals" then "Beasts in my Belfry" and finished with "A Zoo in my Luggage". (I recommend listening to them in that order.) At a very early age, Durrell knew his life's mission was to study, befriend and protect animal species of all kinds. What he accomplished in his life with marvelous wit and sheer willpower garnered my undying respect. This book describes his efforts to create his own zoo, which he finally does on in Jersey in the Channel Islands. If you love animals and love to laugh, you MUST listen to these books!

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slow start but built well to a pleasing ending

I wasn't sure I was going to like it but I'm glad I read it. the Bfume(sp?) people were awesome.

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A phenomenon

Gerald Durrell’s books are a phenomenon that has been giving pure pleasure to people for more than half a century.
I grew up on them — my whole family grew up on them.
Here, in the Czech Republic, they are very popular, and we can enjoy them in excellent, loving “old-school” translations and in the original.
And these years, I can even listen to them unabridged!
Too wonderful.
Get all the Durrell books and treasure them for generations!

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Not so much dated as historical

Although animal collectors are now an outdated phenomenon, this is, historically, an interesting and warm tale, very well read. I read it as a teenager and felt a warmth for the Cameroon and the people there, particularly the Fon. Rupert does such wonderful pIdgen English that I find myself talking it to myself during the day. Not everybody’s cup of tea - but i loved it!

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  • 04-27-22

perfect

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  • Jane Moor
  • 06-17-21

superbly narrated

A wonderful tale, superbly narrated by Rupert degas. how did he manage all the accents so accurately? wow.

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  • The Farrooj
  • 11-04-20

A simple masterpiece

There are some swear words and some times when we opened it it would skip back about 25seconds bit frustrating but over all a good book👍

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  • LC
  • 09-25-20

Fascinating and entertaining as usual

A fascinating account of visiting Bafut in Africa and collecting the first batch of animals to start his zoo. Always enjoyable to hear his stories. The narration is excellent.

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  • Gail
  • 06-10-19

excellemt

the storytelling was superb. Great use of language and pitch. Durrell's writing is very entertaining and evocative..