Golden Bats and Pink Pigeons by Gerald Durell. Published by Open Road

Readers follow Durrell to the Indian Ocean and Mauritius in 1970. The island was host to many animals, both those already extinct and  those on the verge of disappearing forever. Durell sets out to find specimens to bring back to his sanctuary in the Uk to preserve threatened species. While Durrell’s methods might be questioned today, there is no doubt his intentions were good and his adventures are fascinating reading

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