The New Noah by Gerald Durrell

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The New Noah (1955)

by Gerald Durrell

The New Noah is a book intended for older children but it serves well for readers of all ages as a "Best of" anthology of Gerald Durrells' earliest animal collecting books dating from the first half of the 1950's. Readers who remember reading these books a long time ago and would like to revisit them in one slim volume might find it ideal.

In three parts after an introduction as follows:

Part 1 is "Collecting in the Cameroons" and includes the baby Red River hogs Puff and Blow and the famous story of Cholmondeley the Chimpanzee. This is some of the authors finest nature writing deriving from The Overloaded Ark.

Part 2 is "Hunts and Captures in Guiana" includes Amos the Anteater and Cuthbert the curassow

Part 3 is "Perambulations in Paraguay" includes the story of Sarah Huggersack the only anteater film star.

Gerald Durrell's early warnings of perils to come for the worlds rainforests and their wildlife are apparent:-

"From many points of view it is sometimes the small animals in a country that influence man more than the large ones. At home, for instance, the brown rat does more damage every year than any of the larger creatures. It was for this reason that I concentrated during my collecting trips on the smaller forms of life. For my first expedition I chose the Cameroons since it is a small, almost forgotten corner of Africa, which is more or less as it was before the advent of the white man. Here in the gigantic rain forests, the animals live their lives as they have done for thousands of years.

It is of great value to get to know and study these wild creatures before they are influenced by civilisation, for wild animals can be affected just as much by change as people. One of the results of cutting down forests, building towns, damming rivers, and driving roads through jungle, is an interference with their way of life, and they have to either adapt themselves to the new conditions or die out."

Nearly 50 years on, according to Greenpeace, Cameroon is the no.1 tropical timber exporter in Africa and ranks among the world's top five tropical log exporters. Less than 20 % of Cameroon's unprotected forests remains free from logging development. Almost all logging in Cameroon is carried out in a very destructive way and illegal logging is a major issue. The extremely high level of corruption in Cameroon and the dramatic lack of capacity (staff, equipment) in the forestry departments are serious constraints for enforcement of forestry legislation intended to protect the rainforests and their native wildlife.

THE NEW NOAH © Gerald Durrell 1955

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