You have to love animals for what they are or leave them alone. The best thing you can do if you love them is leave them alone and see that other people do too.

— Pat Derby

The most thrilling Pat Derby quotes to get the best of your day

They [gorillas] are brave and loyal. They help each other. They rival elephants as parents and whales for gentleness. They play and have humor and they harm nothing. They are what we should be. I don't know if we'll ever get there.


Wild animals are not meant to be owned, any more than human beings are.

Nobody has the right to pass a cougar or a gorilla on from hand to hand.


I was born in love with all elephants.

Not for a reason that I know. Not because of any of their individual qualities — wisdom, kindness, power, grace, patience, loyalty — but for what they are altogether. For their entire elephantness.