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Zoo Story: Life in the Garden of Captives
I caught myself constantly wanting to shout "Yes! You sooo get it!" throughout this book. It manages to capture all of the ethical quandaries and esse ...more
Mar 2011
Sep 08, 2010
The Zoo Quest Expeditions
This, right here, is why no current popular science personality will ever, ever be able to replace David Attenborough. I can't even wrap my head aroun ...more
Sep 2014
Dec 26, 2014
Reaching the Animal Mind: Clicker Training and What It Teaches Us About All Animals
This is essentially the book that most people expect when they pick up "Don't Shoot the Dog!". Pryor gets away from trying to apply clicker training t ...more
Jun 2012
Jun 25, 2010
Behemoth: The History of the Elephant in America
This is an exhaustively-researched history of elephants in the US, and I applaud the authors endurance in compiling it. It's a fascinating read, full ...more
Feb 2014
May 04, 2014
The Modern Ark: The Story of Zoos: Past, Present, and Future
How has this book not come up more often in zoo discussions? Another book that should be required reading for zookeepers. The specific ground it cover ...more
Jun 2010
Jun 25, 2010
Beyond The Bars: The Zoo Dilemma
This book is decidedly dated at this point, but it provides a snapshot of zoos in the 70s and 80s which is invaluable to understanding where many anti ...more
May 2010
Jun 25, 2010
Behind the Scenes with Wild Animals (1906)
Oh, this one is great fun! This is worth a read if only for the image of a proper Victorian lady wandering around behind the scenes of zoos and circus ...more
May 2010
May 31, 2010
Ethics on the Ark: Zoos, Animal Welfare, and Wildlife Conservation
Bravo to the editors for compiling essays covering the extremes of both the pro- and anti-zoo perspectives (and managing a few middle-ground compromis ...more
Jan 2009
Jan 07, 2009
The Training of Wild Animals
It's hard to rate this one; as a training resources, it is not particularly detailed or practical (and focuses almost exclusively on large cats), but ...more
Aug 2009
Aug 05, 2009
Zoo Culture
This turned out not to be what I'd expected. I'd hoped for an exploration of people who visit zoos and their perceptions. Instead, we have a poorly ex ...more
Jul 2009
Jun 20, 2009
Babylon's Ark: The Incredible Wartime Rescue of the Baghdad Zoo
I was amazed both by the devotion of a random South African conservationist and the Iraqi zoo workers, and the surprising connections the American sol ...more
Sep 2008
Aug 31, 2008
The Zoo on the Road to Nablus: A Story of Survival from the West Bank
This book was...incredible. Something in it truly struck a chord. At first, I really didn't know what to make of it, with its sad descriptions of anim ...more
Aug 2008
Aug 27, 2008
Animal Underworld: Inside America's Black Market for Rare & Exotic Species
I am in awe of the vast amount of effort, energy, and determination the author applied in putting together this book. This is an incredible compilatio ...more
Apr 2008
Apr 09, 2008
Wild Animals in Captivity: An Outline of the Biology of Zoological Gardens
Hediger is cited by virtually every book on zoos and exotic animal care, so I figured it was about time to start reading some of this original groundb ...more
Dec 2010
Sep 08, 2010
Listed: Dispatches from America's Endangered Species Act
This is the summarized history of the Endangered Species Act and its evolution to present time. I was actually surprised at how much it has changed, h ...more
Sep 2011
Jul 24, 2011
A Different Nature: The Paradoxical World of Zoos and Their Uncertain Future
This is probably the most well-written call for change in the zoo world I have read. The book, in many ways, would read as a perfect follow-up to Vick ...more
May 2010
Aug 27, 2008
The Lizard King: The True Crimes and Passions of the World's Greatest Reptile Smugglers
Despite all my zoo and animal reading, I have generally not searched out the herptile aspects, so just about everything in this book was new to me. I ...more
Jan 2009
Nov 18, 2008
We Bought a Zoo
This was not at all what I expected. The animals are part of the landscape and the centerpiece of the story, but it is not about them at all (for the ...more
Dec 2011
Nov 07, 2008
The Rhino with Glue-On Shoes: And Other Surprising True Stories of Zoo Vets and their Patients
A fun collection of stories from exotic animal vets (both in zoos/aquariums and in the wild). They are definitely written for a general audience, prov ...more
Aug 2010
Sep 08, 2010
Keepers and Creatures at the National Zoo
A very good overview of zookeeping as a whole, using the National Zoo in Washington, DC as the model. There are lots of personal little tidbits on som ...more
Mar 2009
Mar 17, 2009
Death at SeaWorld: Shamu and the Dark Side of Killer Whales in Captivity
I'm writing this review several months after finishing the book, and I honestly am completely burned out on the whole SeaWorld, "Blackfish", orca dram ...more
Sep 2013
Aug 31, 2013
The Tower Menagerie: The Amazing 600-Year History of the Royal Collection of Wild and Ferocious Beasts Kept at the Tower of London
It is unusual to find such a comprehensive history of a single zoo (particularly one that existed for so long) and Hahn does a wonderful job of making ...more
May 2009
Aug 27, 2008
Faithful Elephants: A True Story of Animals, People, and War
The owner of the Toadstool Bookshop told me I absolutely HAD to read this book so I finally broke down and found a copy on Amazon (as it hasn't turned ...more
Aug 2010
Jun 07, 2009
Kicked, Bitten, and Scratched: Life and Lessons at the World's Premier School for Exotic Animal Trainers
A journalist's account of students' first year in the exotic animal training program at Moorpark College in CA. A well done book, it certainly convinc ...more
Nov 2007
Feb 06, 2008
I'll Trade You an Elk
One of my favorite "old school zoo" books. It's interesting to see how zoos get started (drop your unwanted pets here!) and how attitudes toward capti ...more
Oct 2005
Feb 12, 2008
Hold That Tiger!: Thrilling Experiences in the Life of an Animal Photographer (Hardcover)
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Aug 27, 2008
Jumbo: This Being the True Story of the Greatest Elephant in the World
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Nov 07, 2008
You Belong in a Zoo!: Tales from a Lifetime Spent with Cobras, Crocs, and Other Creatures
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Sep 29, 2008
The Zookeeper's Wife: A War Story
Sep 2008
Sep 20, 2008
Zoo: A Behind The Scenes Look At The Animals And The People Who Care For Them
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Aug 27, 2008
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