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Creature Comforts

Author HEATHER STIMMLER-HALL Photography KAI JÜNEMANN/WIRTSCHAFTSWOCHE

NAME • PRINCE LOUIS ALBERT DE BROGLIE, 46
MISSION • Saving beloved Paris taxidermy emporium Deyrolle, which was gutted by fire in 2008. A Paris landmark since the 19th century, the dusty curiosity shop — with its menagerie of beasts and antique cases filled with butterflies, beetles and other natural wonders — has introduced generations of visitors to the marvels of biology. A tireless champion of biodiversity known for his Loire Valley tomato conservatory, which grows 650 species, “Le Prince Jardinier,” who took over Deyrolle in 2001, has been painstakingly restoring it to its former glory.
MOTIVATION • “I want to help foster a curiosity about biodiversity,” de Broglie says. “The idea is to take the time to understand the world’s natural heritage.”
AND THE TOMATO OBSESSION? • “Not all tomatoes are red and round! There are 10,000 varieties but only a few in the market.”

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