A Zoo in My Luggage

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First edition (publ. Rupert Hart-Davis)

A Zoo in My Luggage by British naturalist Gerald Durrell is the story of Durrell's 1957 animal collecting trip to British Cameroon, the northwestern corner of present-day Cameroon. First published in 1960, it is one of a half-dozen books about animal collecting trips that Durrell wrote. The book tells the story of how Gerald Durrell went to the Cameroons of Africa and spent six months collecting various animals, referred to as beef in Pidgin English, and took part in various expeditions, like going to catch a python in a narrow cave, the encounter with the hippopotamus while traveling on the Cross River and so on.