He was born in Jamshedpur (India). He spent his childhood on the Greek island of Corfu, where he became interested in studying nature. When the Durrell family returned to England, Gerald settled into a caretaker assistant at the Whipsnade Zoo in Bedford County. On the advice of his older brother Lawrence Darrell, Gerald tried to write about his love of nature. Thus appeared the book “Overloaded Ark” (1953), instantly became a bestseller. It was followed by equally popular “Three Tickets to Adventure” (1954), “My Family and Other Beasts” (1956), “The Zoo in My Baggage” (1960), “Birds, Beasts and Relatives” (1969) and others. In total, he has written more than thirty books. In 1959, Gerald Darrell founded the Zoo on the island of Jersey, in which the Jersey National Wildlife Conservation Fund was established four years later (in 1976 the International Training Center was established at the foundation). With the direct involvement of Darrell, television films “Two in the Shrubs” (1962), “The Naturalist-Amateur” (1983) and “We and Other Beasts” (1987) were filmed. In 1983, for many years of efforts to preserve the wild nature of Gerald Darrell was awarded the Order of the British Empire.