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Zoo Story by Thomas French
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Sep 02, 2011

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bookshelves: zoology, fiction-non
Read in August, 2011

This is a very interesting non-fiction book about the revamping of a zoo in Tampa Florida. The book is written with a more journalistic style of approach covering all aspects in a non-judgemental way.

The history of the zoo is covered bringing the read up to speed from its shady past to the plans of the new owner of the zoo to make it into premiere attraction. He does this by enhancing and expanding the animals. Elephants are flown in from Africa which starts the ball rolling. The author covers the trip, along with all political and animal rights angles. The stories of the key animals are recounted. there's the tigress raised in captivity who saw her father kill her mother, but let you know she's full tiger. A baboon raised as a human until 5, then donated to the zoo. He becomes the leader of the other baboons, but just wants to be with humans (and has a thing for blonde ladies.)

The book does a great job of covering all angles regarding the pros and cons of zoos. It creates a back story for the humans as well as the animals. The zoo spirals down as the megalomaniacal CEO and owner fires or forces the seasoned and experienced employees out that made the zoo into one of the best.

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