Just yesterday I finished reading a thin book called The Stationary Ark by a renown conservationist and zoologist of the name Gerald Durrell, who is widely known for writing nice autobiographic books on animals and his efforts to save many animal species. His motto being „Animals are the great voteless and voiceless majority, who can only survive with our help„, Gerald Durrell conducted many expeditions across the globe to collect animals and in 1958 he created an unique zoo on the island of Jersey, near France. Today the zoo, known as the Durrell Wildlife Park, is operating thanks to the Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust and is an inspiration for many.
While reading the book, you are being reminded that zoological gardens should not serve only as a means of entertainment, but should also fulfill a scientific, conservationist and educational goal. Such a zoo would become not only a venue for dolphin shows, but also an interesting research place for scientists, a breeding station which could help reintroduce certain species back to their natural habitats and also an interactive classroom for the small and big ones. One of the zoos representing this scheme is the above mentioned Durrell Wildlife Park, which has become one of the main attractions on the island.
I haven’t had the chance to visit this zoo yet, but it is definitely on my list. If you are interested in the activities of the Trust and the Park, then check out the websites and if you happen to be a conservationist, then see the Durrell Conservation Academy.