A Zoo in My Luggage is Gerald Durrell’s account of his attempt to set up his own zoo, after years spent gathering animals for other zoos. Travelling to Cameroon, he and his wife collected numerous mammals, birds and reptiles. These included Cholmondely the chimpanzee and Bug-eye the bush-baby.
But their problems really began when they attempted to return with their exotic menagerie. Not only did they have to get them safely home to Britain.. But they also had to find somewhere able and – most of all – willing to house them.