#WildWomenInterviews with Janaki Lenin: Episode 9
Lee Durrell is the honorary director of the Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust that was set up by Gerald Durrell. The trust runs the famous Jersey Zoo as well as works on the conservation of extremely endangered species. In India, it supports the pygmy hog project that involves captive breeding and restocking the wild. Lee studied animal communication for her PhD, and she is also a writer and television presenter.
In the first of a two-part interview, Lee takes us through Gerald Durrell’s Indian roots, formative years, and the story of how they met.
Gerald’s early experiences with zoos’ callous treatment of animals shaped his worldview of what a modern zoo should be. The Jersey Zoo set a high bar by setting standards for captive breeding of endangered species, training people from all over the world including an estimated two hundred from India, and setting up field projects for species in dire straits.
Lee talks of the successful projects headed by graduates of the Durrell Academy in Mauritius and India.
Golden Lion Tamarin: Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust/W Betram
Gorilla in Snow: C Stevenson
Ringtail Lemur: Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust/C Farrington
St Lucia Parrot: Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust/ J Morgan
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