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If you love the ITV drama series 'The Durrells', based on Gerald Durrell's magical childhood, visit Jersey to discover more about the island Gerry moved to and set-up his very own zoo. 


Gerald Durrell and his legacy

Gerald was born in India in 1925. Growing up, his two main ambitions were to become an animal collector and to set up his own zoo. In 1956 he wrote the most famous of his three books written about growing up in Cofu with his family, 'My Family and Other Animals', and it was on 26 March 1959 that he opened Jersey Zoo. Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust was created in 1963 and its mission was to save species from extinction. One of the many major milestones at the zoo was Jersey's first gorilla birth in 1973. Sadly Gerald passed away in 1995, but his legacy lives on through the pioneering work and sheer determination of the conservation work undertaken, vital to the wellbeing of the planet.


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