Although there are some enjoyable stories here about animals, this is a disturbing book on some levels as well. It is the true story of a private zoo, operated by a family of people who are not professional zookeepers. Although they no doubt mean well, it is basically exotic animal ownership and charging admission to support the habit, rather than conservation of species as professional accredited zoos focus on. I often felt sorry for the animals in captivity here and cringed at storied of selling and shipping lion cubs to various private individuals. If you don't support exotic animal ownership you may have similar qualms with the book. Though I did enjoy some of the stories, the writing is only average and I can't highly recommend it.