The Overloaded Ark

The Overloaded Ark

The Overloaded Ark, written in 1953, is the first book by British naturalist Gerald Durrell, telling of his 1947 trip to the West African colony of British Cameroon - now Cameroon - to collect animals for British zoos.

Its combination of comic exaggeration and environmental accuracy, portrayed in Durrell's light, clever prose, made it a great success. It launched Durrell's career as a writer of both non-fiction and fiction, which in turn financed his work as a zookeeper and conservationist.

The Bafut Beagles and A Zoo in My Luggage are sequels of sorts, telling of his later returns to the region.

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