Island Inspired Conservation - The Story of Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust by Lee Durrell, Honorary Director
Lee Durrell, widow of British author and conservationist Gerald Durrell, will give an account of Gerald’s experiences on some key islands in his life, including Corfu and Jersey. She will discuss the development of his conservation principles, the achievements of the conservation trust he founded more than 50 years ago and where his legacy is heading.
Lee was born in America and completed her PhD studies at Duke University, conducting research for her dissertation in the forests of Madagascar. She and Gerald married in 1979, and she became involved with his conservation work, facilitating the re-opening of Madagascar to western scientists and launching a recovery programme for the world’s rarest tortoise. ‘The State of the Ark’, her first book, was a comprehensive review of species conservation, published in 1986.
Lee and Gerald travelled, wrote books and presented several television series together in the 1980s. When Gerald passed away in 1995, Lee succeeded him as Honorary Director of what is now called Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust. She plays an important role as ambassador and fund-raiser, and in 2011 was awarded the MBE in recognition of her services to biodiversity conservation.