The Ark's Anniversary

by Gerald Durrell. Arcade, $19.95. For twenty-five years Mr. Durrell has devoted himself to propagating endangered species on the Island of Jersey, with the intention of restoring as many animals as possible to suitable wild habitats. Such a program was unheard of when he began it, but is now widely accepted as the proper purpose of zoos and extensively imitated. Mr. Durrell has every right to celebrate his quarter century of accomplishment with the kind of comic anecdote (teapartying chimpanzees and abducted lizards are featured) and self-deprecating humor that have endeared his many books to animal-lovers worldwide. Only Mr. Durrell would brag, “I am the only man in history who has been married for his zoo.”