Animal Attractions: Nature on Display in American Zoos
On a rainy day in May 1988, a lowland gorilla named Willie B. stepped outdoors for the first time in twenty-seven years, into a new landscape immersion exhibit. Born in Africa, Willie B. had been captured by an animal collector and sold to a zoo. During the decades he spent in a cage, zoos stopped collecting animals from the wild and Americans changed the ways they wished...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published February 15th 2004 by Princeton University Press
(first published August 26th 2002)
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This is a thought-provoking and insightful meditation upon American zoos and their role in society. Rather than repeating the trite story that zoos used to be sad, scary, selfish places and are now much more enlightened, Hanson takes a hard look at the facts and presents the more complex story. She incorporates the diversity of perspectives the American public has held toward zoos, and the changing philosophy of their design and structure. She covers important topics such as animal treatment, an...more