Endangered Species

10 Things About Durrell

The Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust in the UK has a pdf document on their website that tells you 10 things you might not have known about Durrell.

Some of the information, such as that they have an on-site veterinary centre and laboratory, seems guessable. To me, this is something that you might expect any respectable zoo to have.

western lowland gorillaI knew Durrell was good, as I read all of Gerald’s books when I was a child and have heard of their Wildlife Conservation Trust since. But it surprised me that since its opening in 1959, over 13,000 animals have been born there. The numbers are impressive. Since 1959 the Trust has bred over 420 Meller’s ducks, 350 Mallorcan midwife toads, 330 Round Island boas, 535 Jamaican boas, 440 Mauritius pink pigeons, 715 Bali starlings, 351 Rodrigues fruit bats, 156 Madagascar teal, 133 pied tamarins, 41 gentle lemurs, 21 western lowland gorillas and 10 Sumatran orangutans.

It’s also interesting that Durrell has more than 40 projects in 17 countries for 48 animal species. This gives great hope for these species. Durrell is experienced – they were the key partner in saving four of 16 bird species from extinction between 1994 and 2004.

The Trust provides hope for endangered plants as well, since they not only save animals from extinction but plants too.

If you’re in the UK, you might want to select the Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust as an organization worthy of your support.

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