Gerald M. Durrell

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Gerald M. Durrell (died in 1995)

"World famous author and naturalist Gerald Durrell founded the Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust out of a desire to show that things could be done better. His mission was to save species from extinction, and the headquarters in Jersey has evolved since its establishment in 1959 into a site that showcases the work that Gerry’s team of conservationists tirelessly conduct to help endangered species. Today, nearly 50 years on, almost every reputable zoo follows at least some of the principles that he first put into practice here...

"Gerry established sister organisations in the United States in 1973 and in Canada in 1985. Wildlife Trust and Wildlife Preservation Canada now support their own projects throughout the world.

"For his contribution to the conservation of endangered species, Gerry received many international honours. These included a Doctor of Humane Letters from Yale University in 1977 and the Order of the British Empire in 1982." [1]

He was married to Lee Durrell.

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  1. Gerald M. Durrell, Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust, accessed June 8, 2009.