Two in the Bush follows intrepid conservationist, wildlife lover and award winning novelist Gerald Durrell as he embarks on an extended animal collecting trip in Malaysia, Australia and New Zealand A powerful conservation piece, Durrell and his first wife Jacquie track down a whole host of endangered species, providing an insight into these rare creatures while stressing the need to protect both them and their habitat.


10 thoughts on “Two in the Bush

  1. Nandakishore Varma Nandakishore Varma says:

    Reading Gerald Durrel is a pleasure always.He has combined his passion for the animal kingdom with the naturalist s eye for detail and with classic wry British humour added to the mix, it is a potent combination few book lovers can resist This book, detailing his travels in New Zealand, Australia and Malaysia on a trip to film the conservation efforts of those countries is also in the same vein readable and informative at the same time.I had read this book long back in my teens it slowly resurfaced in my memory as started going through it But no problem Like Wodehouse, Durrel is also infinitely re readable I especially love the way he sketches out a person with a few deft strokes of his pen, and also the way he anthromorphises animals.


  2. Kate Kate says:

    Two in the Bush is a record 0f a six month journey which took Gerald Durrell, his wife Jacquie, and two camera men through New Zealand, Australia and Malaya The object was, first, to see what was being done about the conservation of wild life in these countries, and, secondly, to make a series of television films for the BBC They were introduced to many rare and remarkable animals Royal Albatrosses, Tuataras, Duck Billed Platypuses, Flying Lizards and Long Noised Bandicoots, as well as to some equally unusual humans Anyone who has read The Overloaded Ark, The Bafut Beagles or The Whispering Land will have enjoyed Gerald Durrell s enthusiastic adventuring and his delight in the absurdity of the situations in which he finds himself His observations of animal and human behavior is always informative and often hilarious frontispiece Enthusiastic adventuring is exactly what the author excels in, and this book certainly continues the tradition The reader might have thought that since this wasn t a collecting trip, the author would have been involved in less scrapes and hair raising situations But Mr Durrell seems to be a magnet for scrapes and hair raising situations, as this book is just as full of them as any of his others.This is the first of his books to be focused on the dire necessity of conservation of the land in order to save the animals, and the last chapter is a frank and urgent appeal for the human species to become aware of the damage they are doing to the environment and the other species which share it with us Since it was written in 1996, it s evident that the plea has fallen on deaf ears for the most part and the rte of devastation has only increased logarthmically, to the detriment and death of many species, which soon will include ourselves.


  3. Guru Guru says:

    This was first Durrell This is about shooting of a documentary with the same title that led Durrell and his team across New Zealand, Australia and Malaysia, covering some 45000 miles There are of course, wondrous descriptions of placid platypuses, belligerent emus, mimetic lyrebirds, playful kakas, shy tahakes, singing siamangs, 3 eyed tuataras and dozens of other exotic creatures in their natural habitats But the real fun lies in the description of the people and situations a group of Sikhs on a fishing trip who are fond of drink, an extremely energetic young guide who believe in perfectly Organizing with a capital O a trip, passionate naturalists who live a secluded life in the most remote corners of the world with the animals they love and protect, a wildlife photographer who is unbelievably squeamish and so on.Durrell s writing adds so much colour and humour in every chapter that you cannot help but be completely drawn into the experience.


  4. Erik Walker Erik Walker says:

    Very entertaining read from the 1950 s about traveling the globe to film rare and endangered animals Sobering to read about conservation efforts back then, and to realize the situation we are in now, and how Mr Durrell would just be appalled and, in places, proud Some very funny bits, and clever writing.


  5. Josephine Draper Josephine Draper says:

    No doubt out of print now but fascinating to read the state of conservation in 1966, particularly in NZ, as Mr Durrell visits NZ where his observations of people are telling than those of hard to spot birds , Australia and Malaya as it was then.In some ways conservation in NZ has changed so much plagues of black swans don t seem to be a problem any but the pest problem is the same, the kakapo and takahe are still clinging on for dear life and still attitudes to conservation are that it s someone else s problem However, we have seen significantly greater awareness in conservation issues in the intervening years, and it is shocking to read about a renowned conservationist grabbing a hoiho to get better pictures with it DOC would have a fit.Amusingly written and observant but mainly because it s now so old it s fascinating especially for those who have even a passing interest in conservation I did feel, too that Mr Durrell masked his superficial interrogation of the state of conservation in 1966 with amusing anecdotes, presumably to make the book readable There are however some lovely line drawings of the creatures he meets on his travels.


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  7. Tracy Tracy says:

    I struggled with the approach of the naturalist , as he calls himself, Gerald Durrell I understand that this was written in the 1960s but I was saddened by what I saw as a lack of respect for creatures in their natural habitat There is a level of arrogance and superiority that is present in the writing and practises of handling wild creatures The name of places isn t always correct Griffith in NSW is referred to as Griffiths, the Koala continues to be called a bear even after he clearly states that it is not of the bear family and this makes me question further information in the writing as to its validity.


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  9. Stephen Hamilton Stephen Hamilton says:

    Told with Durrell s customary good humour, this is an entertaining account of a wildlife filming expedition to New Zealand, Australia and Malaysia, but with a stronger than usual emphasis on conservation and its importance, a message that is, if anything, even meaningful today.


  10. Pip Pip says:

    Light hearted read with a serious message.