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The Modern Ark: The Story of Zoos: Past, Present, and Future by [Croke, Vicki]

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Perhaps the question is so obvious that we seldom ask it: Why zoos? But wildlife journalist Vicki Croke provides answers in The Modern Ark, a fascinating history of zoos, the animals they house, how they reflect changing attitudes, and what their future may be. Croke traveled widely to conduct prodigious reporting--interviewing humans and spending time with some amazing members of the animal kingdom--and she offers an enlightening look at zoos. Some of it is funny, some of it's disturbing. All of it is interesting.

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Boston Globe journalist Croke's syndicated "Animal Beat" column appears in newspapers across the country. Here, she examines the appeal, functions, and culture of zoos in a nuanced study of an institution that, in the U.S. alone, draws more than 120 million visitors a year. Croke's Ark contains a good deal of science (how different species cope with zoo life's boredom and restrictions) as well as history (how zoos defined their mission over the years) and psychology, probing the "magnetism" that attracts people to such collections of animals. With a fond but critical eye, Croke notes that many animals still live in cramped spaces and insists that conservation must receive a greater share of zoo funding. "The challenge of the new zoo," she urges, is, among other things, to "allow living, breathing animals to inspire wonder and awe at the natural world" and "to illuminate the tangled and fragile web of life that sustains it." Mary Carroll

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 17413 KB
  • Print Length: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Scribner (9 September 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Asia-Pacific Holdings Private Limited
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00MK3927C
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