Golden Bats and Pink Pigeons

Golden Bats and Pink Pigeons

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Mauritius, the green and mountainous island in the Indian Ocean, was once the home of the ill-fated dodo, and by the 1970s it still had many unique but seriously endangered species. To rescue some of these creatures from extinction, Gerald Durrell spent uncomfortable nights in the jungle looking for bats and pink pigeons, and climbed near-vertical rock faces to find Telfaira€™s skinks and Gunthera€™s geckos, spending his spare time exploring the enchanted worlds of the coral reefs with their varied multicoloured marine life. By the end of his trip, he had an extraordinary collection of animals to take to his Jersey sanctuary from where the progeny could, in time, be restored to Mauritius. a€˜Highly entertaininga€™ Sunday Telegraph a€˜A renegade who was right . . . He was truly a man before his timea€™ Sir David AttenboroughEven the Aldabran giant tortoise has been seconded into a bit of manual labour for the greater good. ... of exotic, unwanted plants, leaving valuable native plants to grow undisturbed a€” much like a selective, benign, lumbering, lawn mower.

Title:Golden Bats and Pink Pigeons
Author: Gerald Durrell
Publisher:Pan Macmillan - 2011-12-16

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