(1972-95) Founder and chairman of Wildlife Preservation Trust International, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
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[in 1979, on writing books] I try to get it over with as quickly as possible. Larry [his brother, Lawrence Durrell
] writes for posterity, but I write for money--it provides me with the wherewithal to do the things I really like doing, which is rushing off to Mexico to catch volcano rabbits.
Durrell founded the Jersey Wildlife Preservation Trust in 1963 to operate a model captive-breeding zoo, a thirty-five-acre site on the Channel Island of Jersey. He had visited the Cameroons, Patagonia and other parts of Argentina to gather animals, and continued to travel in search of more when the zoo was operating smoothly.