His Family and Other Animals

Henry Cavill With Gerald Durrell statue.

It was quite an honour for the staff from Durrell Wildlife Park in Jersey, when we were visited by the one-and-only Henry Cavill, recently. (See photos and video here)

Henry might be an actor by trade, but the infectious energy he brought with him – and the sheer happiness we saw when he met our animals – was 100% real.

That’s the thing; to a person, everyone at Durrell – from Volunteer to Director – is here because they love animals, and care about the fate of those species that need human help, if they aren’t to become extinct. It turns out that we have a soulmate in Hollywood, and his name is Henry!

But, perhaps the most amazing thing for us to hear, was that Durrell actually had a role in shaping Henry’s thoughts on conservation:

Henry told us that although his life so far has exceeded his wildest dreams, it’s his family that he’s most thankful for, as their love and support has been his foundation from the very start.

He also told us that family visits to Durrell Wildlife Park (then Jersey Zoo) made for some truly happy memories… and that he saw exactly the same love, support and family bonds amongst one of our own non-human (though very closely related) families; silverback gorilla Jambo, and his troupe. It resonated with him deeply, he said.

Jambo - the gentle giant

Jambo – the gentle giant

Hearing him describe how seeing Jambo in person – 200kgs of muscle – and learning how one of the strongest animals on the planet had gently cared for a five year-old boy who fell into the gorilla enclosure, we couldn’t help but become even fonder of our local hero. He doesn’t believe we should call him that, but that’s the only thing we disagree with him on!

What he ‘took home’ from his visits, all those years ago, was the need for someone, anyone, to watch out for our planet’s fellow inhabitants, and not just the human ones – especially the ones without voices. Well, this puts us into a situation of mutual admiration… which we think is simply incredible. We can’t thank him enough, and he’s agreed to help us out, however and wherever he can!

In Henry’s own words:

“I’m enormously proud to be part of a team that makes such a huge positive impact on the world. Durrell is an organisation with a mission I can really get behind. I feel that saving the diversity of life on our planet will be seen as increasingly important in the not-too-distant future. I genuinely believe that Durrell provide hope for those endangered animals that others may have given up on already. They ‘do the seemingly impossible’; I would be truly humbled if I help to make that possible.”

What more can we say? Henry; welcome to our family the Durrell Team! But, the thing is, we would love all of you – Henry’s friends and fans – to join us too, to be part of this extended family, and you can even start out with the very same gorilla group that put Henry on the path to conservation… To discover more, click here to get started!


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  25 comments for “His Family and Other Animals

  1. Pamela
    August 7, 2014 at 9:04 pm

    Beautiful…Very Nice… <3 <3 <3 Henry

  2. Sergio
    August 8, 2014 at 1:15 am

    He’s also a hero in real life! luv Henry

  3. Mariana
    August 8, 2014 at 1:36 am

    Proud of you Henry! Gonna be part of your family too :o)

  4. August 8, 2014 at 2:25 am

    Henry Cavill is truly an amazing man, he is an inspiration to not only me personally but to everyone who loves him. He truly embodies all that makes Jersey and the people of Jersey so great. I am truly honored, proud and blessed to be a fan of his, and to me he is truly Superman. I wish him and everybody at Durrell wildlife park all the best you can definitely count on my support I would love to join the family! <3


  5. Chantelle
    August 8, 2014 at 3:11 am

    I can’t stop smiling! I too visited the zoo many years ago when Gerald was still alive. Spoke to the lovely man himself. I now have a daughter who wants to become a zoologist/vet! Henry! You know why I’m smiling! :) fantastic photos too! Just wonderful! I’ll be joining the family very shortly and hopefully bringing my own apes to visit yours one day! Henry, thank you! :)

  6. Micaela
    August 8, 2014 at 11:29 am

    You’ve a good and beautiful heart. <3

  7. Marlen LaBianco
    August 8, 2014 at 1:54 pm

    So proud of you, Henry. You continue to surprise us every day. Job well done! Marlen LaBianco (@CAASisters)

  8. August 8, 2014 at 2:29 pm

    So proud of you Henry! Thanks for being the man you are 😉

  9. Ilona Gunther
    August 8, 2014 at 3:49 pm


    Henry, you’re a true inspiration and the perfect role model for many of us. I’m very proud to be a fan of you.
    Every time I learn something else about you makes me respect you more and more each day.
    The perfect gentle man and our Amazing Super Hero.

    Ilona Gunther @CAASisters
    Paramaribo – Suriname

  10. August 8, 2014 at 5:59 pm

    I’m thrilled for Durrell to have a hometown man with a global voice, help with your brand awareness and of course an uptick in donations. Congratulations for this wonderful partnership. I will say however, I got a good laugh at seeing Henry in your beautiful photo, watching BATS fly. It was a wonky Superman / Batman moment.

    Love what you’re doing.

  11. Shari
    August 9, 2014 at 2:23 am

    It is and honor and and a privilege to donate to such a worthy cause and become a family member , and I am thrilled that Henry is involved in this , Henry You Are Truly An Incredible Man and I will always be one of your biggest fans , Thank You for what you are doing to help this Awesome Wildlife Conservation Park

  12. August 9, 2014 at 2:45 am

    I’m proud of Henry and of his contributions to the world. I’m also proud to have joined his family today!

  13. August 9, 2014 at 2:48 am

    By the way, Henry you are my only true Hero and DIONYSUS!

  14. Celine
    August 9, 2014 at 11:18 am

    Henry, I think you have a big nobility of soul. Thank you for what you are.
    I wish you all the best.


  15. Andrene
    August 9, 2014 at 2:10 pm

    Henry you are truly a remarkable human being and I love the dedication you have not only to your fans but to animals. Continue to make us proud and we love you dearly!

  16. Caroline
    August 10, 2014 at 1:02 am

    A remarkable man with a kind heart…God bless…:)

  17. Laura
    August 10, 2014 at 1:07 am

    Henry, I want nothing from you! I cannot afford to donate to this worthy cause. I believe we need to protect our beautiful planet and all within it that means no harm to others. You seem to be a man who cares deeply and seem to guard your heart. I will alwaus be a supporter of yous beliefs, as you have snown us,. No hesitation at all on the man you are. I wish you deep love with a partner who you love. I appreciate and respect you. Love from Canada.

  18. Billy Bob
    August 19, 2014 at 4:32 pm

    Blimey, to all the gushing comments above. I’ve never heard of Henry Cavill, but I am delighted that anyone supports the wonderful work of Durrell Wildlife Conservation.

  19. Natalie Money
    August 19, 2014 at 8:47 pm

    Just joined Henry’s family! It’s great to see Henry give his time and his name to support such a worthy cause. We should all lend a hand, however we can, to those without a voice of their own. Great job Durrell Wildlife Conservation, Henry and everyone involved.

    Natalie Money (@CAASisters)

  20. cristina oliveira
    August 20, 2014 at 9:52 am

    I greatly admire your work, and really admire you as a person. Everything i read about you confirm: that you are a good person. All the hapiness in the world for yoy! Is what i sincerely wish. A brazilian woman fan. Big hug.

  21. Angel
    September 12, 2014 at 10:03 am

    Cav-El…Love you…and all you do with Durrell…<3 <3 <3

  22. September 16, 2014 at 8:49 pm

    OMG! Could he be more perfect?? Love you Henry!

  23. Elle
    September 18, 2014 at 10:25 am

    Seeing the images and video posted this week of my mate Henners with the Tortoise made me smile! Re convo in March. My daughter is bugging me stupid about visiting the zoo, ‘hope’fully in the not too distant future. Once my book is published I’d like to set up a donation to the Durell Zoo for each book sold for the period of one year. If that is acceptable? Glad you managed to pop back home recently Henry for some RnR :) Take care x

  24. October 1, 2014 at 5:58 am

    Do the donations only apply directly to the Durrell conservation? Is Durrell affiliated with any other conservation efforts? Every day I hope to contribute whatever ability and knowledge I have to help making our world into a more livable place for us and the nonlinguistic kind. Nice to know some of us are out there and are trying to help too.

  25. December 21, 2014 at 7:55 am

    Dear Henry,

    I posted something with this same sentiment on your post about Gina, the orangutan but I’ll post it here also. THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart for your sincere efforts to protect, save and conserve animals and their habitats around the world! Thank you for helping to raise awareness to their struggles and for doing all you can to help them. It really just makes me love you all the more, not just for being a stellar actor, but for having a heart of pure gold so as to care about those who cannot speak for themselves. Thank you! You truly are a wonderful human being and a real life hero. You may say you are not, but trust me when I say—you are!

    Love you!

    Yours in Conservation,


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