by Lee Durrell
Menagerie Manor was the second of Gerald Durrell’s books
I read, just after My Family and Other Animals. This
was some time ago, during my student days in Madagascar.
I was just completing the research for my PhD in animal
communication, and welcomed a break from writing up the
day’s field notes. I hadn’t yet met Gerry, but on discovering
his books in a mission library in a remote area in southern
Madagascar, I became not only a fan, but also a convert to
his own mission to save species from extinction. Imagine
my excitement when I actually met my hero some years
later! Then to marry him!