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Zooland: The Institution of Captivity

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This book takes a unique stance on a controversial topic: zoos. Zoos have their ardent supporters and their vocal detractors. And while we all have opinions on what zoos do, few people consider how they do it. Irus Braverman draws on more than seventy interviews conducted with zoo managers and administrators, as well as animal activists, to offer a glimpse into the otherwi ...more
Paperback, 280 pages
Published November 28th 2012 by Stanford Law Books
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Jon
Wow, here's another real suck-fest of a book that completely failed in the execution. I love zoos, I think they are amazing, and when administered well, can humanely provide for the well-being of the animals while inspiring and educationg the public. This author, while managing to remain nuetral in the animal rights debate about zoos, absolutely gutted all of the wonderment and joy from such an interesting subject. Then I read the author's bio and found out it was written by a lawyer. That expla ...more
Amanda
This is a very well-researched account of the inner operations of AZA-accredited North American zoos. I work as a zookeeper and find it difficult to convey the complexities of zoo operations to the lay public. This book is a great place to start for anyone who wants to know more about how zoos work.

It should be noted that the author is not an insider to the zoo world, but rather an outsider who went to great lengths to learn about the zoo world by interviewing those who do work in it. This is ev
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Gin Jenny (Reading the End)
Learned all sorts of things about zoo rules and zoo problems! I was really impressed with how conscientious zoo managers are in this book, but also how collegial. Maybe Braverman was painting a rosy picture, but it really seemed like all the zoos want all the other zoos to be awesome. Of course my illusions will probably be shattered when Bravo finally makes The Real Housewives of the American Zoo Association, but until then I can live an idealist.
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