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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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Aug 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book was written by a person outside the zoological field to help others better understand ever changing field. Focusing exclusively on AZA facilities in North American the author breaks down common practices and policies found in AZA institutions. This includes a extensive look at record keeping, breeding, transporting and exhibiting. Irus Braverman not only includes a look from zoo professionals but also anti captivity activist and breaks each augment apart in a very unbiased and logical ...more
Apr 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: animals, non-fiction
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
Feb 21, 2013 rated it did not like it
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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
Apr 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This was honestly a great overview of the entire Zoological career field that covered everything from record keeping and exhibit design to all of the various changes that have occurred in the industry over the last hundred years. Of the several books that I have read since being a layman coming into a Zoo and Aquarium this I feel is by far the best. I would recommend this book to any and every new hire starting at a Zoo or Aquarium . . . maybe more on the Zoo end. I honestly feel like there are ...more
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Jul 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
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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