Discover Durrel with a Saga conservation holiday

Wednesday 25 April 2007

Discover Durrel with a Saga conservation holiday

Saga Holidays, the UK's leading operator for the over 50s, has joined forces with the Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust to offer its customers a unique chance to get hands-on experience looking after some of the world's rarest animals.

Located in Jersey, the Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust was founded almost 50 years ago by the pioneering conservationist Gerald Durrell as a perfect place to protect his collection of endangered species.

It is now one of the most respected conservation organisations in the world and its centre, in the old Jersey manor of Les Augres, provides a home to more than 130 rare animals.

Saga is now working with the trust to expand its customers' knowledge and appreciation of its work by offering a special conservation holiday package to Jersey.

The seven-night break includes accommodation at the Merton Hotel in St Helier along with a three-day wildlife conservation programme at the Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust. The programme includes a series of talks from the expert animal keepers and practical activities working with primates - which include lemurs, aye ayes, tamarins, gorillas and orang-utans.

One of the highlights for customers on the break will be meeting Durrell's resident silverback Ya Kwanza and his playful three-year old offspring, Ya Pili.

The break also includes a talk by the Honorary Director Lee Durrell and a year's membership to the Trust. Prices start from 599 per person for the half-board holiday, which departs on 29 September 2007.

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Saga holidays are exclusively for people aged 50 and over, a travelling companion may be aged 40 or over.

Saga holidays are only available direct and not through travel agents.

For further press information please contact the Saga Press Office on: 01303 771118.

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