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Gerald Durrell

Data di nascita: 7. Gennaio 1925
Data di morte: 30. Gennaio 1995

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Gerald "Gerry" Malcolm Durrell è stato un naturalista, zoologo ed esploratore britannico.

Fu conosciuto soprattutto per aver fondato la Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust, un'organizzazione con lo scopo di salvare le specie in via di estinzione, e lo Zoo del Jersey sull'isola di Jersey nel 1958. Era il fratello minore dello scrittore e poeta Lawrence Durrell. Passò la propria infanzia a Corfù.

I suoi scritti sono un mix di autobiografia e zoologia, caratterizzati dal frequente ricorso all'ironia, e soprattutto sono basati su esperienze personali. Gerald Durrell ci ha fatto scoprire la natura con passione, attraverso i suoi occhi di biologo naturalista, descrivendo con arguzia il mondo degli animali e quello degli uomini ed evidenziando gli aspetti deleteri dell'umanità. Si tratta così di un incredibile lavoro di scienza popolare.

Ad esempio, il suo saggio Guida del Naturalista è un avvio allo studio scientifico degli ecosistemi, che contiene un grande numero di informazioni sugli ecosistemi lontani e allo stesso tempo la descrizione di esperimenti da fare in casa, nel proprio giardino. In tal modo, egli introduce il lettore senza sforzo nel cuore del processo scientifico.

Si ricordano tra le sue opere: La mia famiglia e altri animali , Incontri con animali , Luoghi sotto spirito , L'uccello beffardo , Il naturalismo dilettante , Durrell in Russia , in collaborazione con la moglie, e Io e i lemuri , resoconto di un viaggio in Madagascar.

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„Anyone who has got any pleasure at all from living should try to put something back. Life is like a superlative meal and the world is the maître d'hôtel. What I am doing is the equivalent of leaving a reasonable tip.“

— Gerald Durrell
Context: A sparrow can be as interesting as a bird of paradise, the behaviour of a mouse as interesting as that of a tiger. Our planet is beautifully intricate, brimming over with enigmas to be solved and riddles to be unravelled.

 Many people think that conservation is just about saving fluffy animals – what they don’t realise is that we’re trying to prevent the human race from committing suicide … We have declared war on the biological world, the world that supports us … At the moment the human race is in the position of a man sawing off the tree branch he is sitting on. Look at it this way. Anyone who has got any pleasure at all from living should try to put something back. Life is like a superlative meal and the world is the maître d'hôtel. What I am doing is the equivalent of leaving a reasonable tip. … I'm glad to be giving something back because I've been so extraordinarily lucky and had such great pleasure from it. As quoted in [http://books.google.com/books?id=iyRFAAAAYAAJ&q="Look+at+it+this+way+Anyone+who+has+got+any+pleasure+at+all+from+living+should+try+to+put+something+back+life+is+like+a+superlative+meal+and+the+world+is+the+maitre+d'hotel+What+I+am+doing+is+the+equivalent+of+leaving+a+reasonable+tip" Gerald Durrell: The Authorised Biography (1999)] by Douglas Botting

„Many people think that conservation is just about saving fluffy animals – what they don’t realise is that we’re trying to prevent the human race from committing suicide … We have declared war on the biological world, the world that supports us … At the moment the human race is in the position of a man sawing off the tree branch he is sitting on.“

— Gerald Durrell
Context: A sparrow can be as interesting as a bird of paradise, the behaviour of a mouse as interesting as that of a tiger. Our planet is beautifully intricate, brimming over with enigmas to be solved and riddles to be unravelled.

 Many people think that conservation is just about saving fluffy animals – what they don’t realise is that we’re trying to prevent the human race from committing suicide … We have declared war on the biological world, the world that supports us … At the moment the human race is in the position of a man sawing off the tree branch he is sitting on. Look at it this way. Anyone who has got any pleasure at all from living should try to put something back. Life is like a superlative meal and the world is the maître d'hôtel. What I am doing is the equivalent of leaving a reasonable tip. … I'm glad to be giving something back because I've been so extraordinarily lucky and had such great pleasure from it. As quoted in [http://books.google.com/books?id=iyRFAAAAYAAJ&q="Look+at+it+this+way+Anyone+who+has+got+any+pleasure+at+all+from+living+should+try+to+put+something+back+life+is+like+a+superlative+meal+and+the+world+is+the+maitre+d'hotel+What+I+am+doing+is+the+equivalent+of+leaving+a+reasonable+tip" Gerald Durrell: The Authorised Biography (1999)] by Douglas Botting

„The attitude of the average person to the world they live in is completely selfish.“

— Gerald Durrell
Context: The attitude of the average person to the world they live in is completely selfish. When I take people round to see my animals, one of the first questions they ask (unless the animal is cute and appealing) is, "what use is it?" by which they mean, "what use is it to them?" To this one can reply "What use is the Acropolis?" Does a creature have to be of direct material use to mankind in order to exist? By and large, by asking the question "what use is it?" you are asking the animal to justify its existence without having justified your own.

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