Zoo Story: Life in the Garden of Captives

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Zoo Story: Life in the Garden of Captives

Zoo Story Life in the Garden of Captives Welcome to the savage and surprising world of Zoo Story an unprecedented account of the secret life of a zoo and its inhabitants both animal and human Based on six years of research the book follow

  • Title: Zoo Story: Life in the Garden of Captives
  • Author: Thomas French
  • ISBN: 9781401323462
  • Page: 183
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Welcome to the savage and surprising world of Zoo Story, an unprecedented account of the secret life of a zoo and its inhabitants, both animal and human Based on six years of research, the book follows a handful of unforgettable characters at Tampa s Lowry Park Zoo an alpha chimp with a weakness for blondes, a ferocious tiger who revels in Obsession perfume, and a brilliWelcome to the savage and surprising world of Zoo Story, an unprecedented account of the secret life of a zoo and its inhabitants, both animal and human Based on six years of research, the book follows a handful of unforgettable characters at Tampa s Lowry Park Zoo an alpha chimp with a weakness for blondes, a ferocious tiger who revels in Obsession perfume, and a brilliant but tyrannical CEO known as El Diablo Blanco.Zoo Story crackles with issues of global urgency the shadow of extinction, humanity s role in the destruction or survival of other species More than anything else, though, it s a dramatic and moving true story of seduction and betrayal, exile and loss, and the limits of freedom on an overcrowded planet all framed inside one zoo reinventing itself for the twenty first century Thomas French, a Pulitzer Prize winning reporter, chronicles the action with vivid power Wild elephants soaring above the Atlantic on their way to captivity Predators circling each other in a lethal mating dance Primates plotting the overthrow of their king The sweeping narrative takes the reader from the African savannah to the forests of Panama and deep into the inner workings of a place some describe as a sanctuary and others condemn as a prison All of it comes to life in the book s four legged characters Even animal lovers will be startled by the emotional charge of these creatures histories, which read as though they were co written by Dickens and Darwin.Zoo Story shows us how these remarkable individuals live, how some die, and what their experiences reveal about the human desire to both exalt and control nature.

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    1. Jennifer on said:

      I’ve always felt conflicted about zoos. On the one hand, I enjoy seeing the animals up close and personal. On the other hand, I always feel guilty. No matter how big or “friendly” their habitat, I still feel a bit melancholy when I see magnificent wild animals living their lives in such an unnatural way. Then I try to make myself feel better by telling myself that they might be better off in a zoo—safe from poachers and other dangers found in the wild. In short, like many others, I have [...]

    2. Brittany on said:

      I found stacks and stacks of this book in a neglected corner during a Borders going-out-of-business sale. It was odd for me, because I hadn't heard of it at all. So I picked it up and took it home. (How could I not? It had elephants on the cover and promised to be a behind-the-scenes look at a zoo.) It was over and above anything I was expecting. It is, in fact, the first in-depth look at the personal life of zoos that I've been able to find. French, a journalist with no zoo ties, does an admira [...]

    3. Laura on said:

      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 essentially "doublethink" games keepers face every day when taking care of exotic animals in a zoo. It's a highly conflicted field and French does a wonderful job of summarizing it. I can even forgive his occasional digressions into utterly ludicrous flowery prose. On a personal note, Enshalla the tiger's story is one out of my nightmares. Literally. I [...]

    4. carissa on said:

      Welcome to the savage and surprising world of Zoo Story, an unprecedented account of the secret life of a zoo and its inhabitants, both animal and human. Based on six years of research, the book follows a handful of unforgettable characters at Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo: an alpha chimp with a weakness for blondes, a ferocious tiger who revels in Obsession perfume, and a brilliant but tyrannical CEO known as El Diablo Blanco. Zoo Story crackles with issues of global urgency: the shadow of extinction, [...]

    5. Ellen on said:

      There are so many superlatives I can use to review this book. It's riveting, fascinating, heartbreaking, funny and a real page turner. It's the story of the Lowry Park Zoo in Tampa Florida. It tells the story of the rise, fall and rise again of America's Number One Family Zoo and all the characters in it both human and animal. Everyone from the obsessive dictatorial CEO Lex Salisbury to Herman the King of the Chimpanzees to Enshala the Sumatran tiger whose keeper sprays Obsession around her grot [...]

    6. Ashley on said:

      I think most people are either for zoos or against them. I don't really like the idea of any animal being kept in captivity, but this book presented a rational argument for the need for zoos - one which didn't sugarcoat their dark histories and sad anecdotes. I was initially drawn to the book because it was written based on testimonies and experiences occurring at or revolving around Lowry Park Zoo in St. Petersburg, Florida. I'd been visiting that zoo ever since I was a little girl. French begi [...]

    7. Peacegal on said:

      I am glad I listened to this challenging and thought-provoking audiobook. ZOO STORY is not simply about cute and clever exotic animals. Instead, it's an examination of the complex ethics, motivations, and responsibilities involved in animal captivity, through the trials and tribulations behind-the-scenes at one nationally-known Florida zoo.I'm an animal advocate, but I do not blindly follow what this-or-that group says. Instead, I strive to research the issues and form my own opinions. I do not [...]

    8. Preeti on said:

      I picked up this book at the library as I do many of my books - randomly cruising the animal/conservation related shelves in the non-fiction section. As I was just about to start reading, my friend told me the author had appeared on The Colbert Report. So of course, I had to check that out. I was surprised to see that Colbert actually let him talk during the interview, which is unusual, but I think it may have been because the subject was not "political" per se.I absolutely enjoyed this book, as [...]

    9. Kathleen on said:

      Interesting subject matter presented in a convoluted manner. Story lines would end abruptly and then pick up later in the middle of another tangent. Rather than build suspense or deepen our appreciation of a particular point, this jumbled writing style left the reader frustrated and trying to remember the finer details of previous chapters. The lack of flow hurt the story.Second, I think the book also suffered from too many themes: was this mostly about the displaced elephant pod; an inventory a [...]

    10. Todd Martin on said:

      Many people hold ambivalent feelings about zoos. Without them, most would never have the opportunity to see many of the beautiful and fascinating animals with whom we share the planet. Zoos also offer the best hope for the continued survival of threatened species whose habitats we’ve obliterated through our profligacy. Yet there is an unease that comes with holding wild animals in captivity. In “Zoo Story”, Thomas French examines these complex and often contradictory issues at the Lowry Pa [...]

    11. Andrew on said:

      I really enjoyed this book that was about Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo. The author did an excellent job changing back and forth between the story of the animals and the story of the humans involved. In fact, some of the most interesting parts of the book are when he compares the habits of the two. The look behind the cages at the world and lives of the zoo keepers was particularly interesting, but the best part of the book was the story of the rise and fall of Lex Salisbury, the zoo's CEO. As a Tampa [...]

    12. Kari on said:

      Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Thomas French reported exhaustively on the Lowry Park Zoo in Tampa, Fla for this fascinating and beautifully written book. Beginning with the transport of elephants imported from a game park in Swaziland, the book explores the delicate balance between conserving endangered animals and exploiting them for profit.I really appreciate the end notes that let readers know exactly where he got his information. The opening of the book reads as though French were on the pl [...]

    13. Trish on said:

      This marvelous examination of the motivations and mandates behind the zoo industry raises all the expected questions and allows the reader to make their own judgements. Both sides are adequately represented, and the humanity, as well as the.ality (? take that as a parallel for the animal side) of the business is emotional and heartfelt. The acknowledgements thank Yann Martel, the author of Life of Pi for showing the author the possibilties in imagining an inner life for animals. It is a stupendo [...]

    14. Costen Warner on said:

      This was an amazing book. I love animals. They bring joy, life and intrigue to our world. This book questions keeping animals in captivity and I still don't know if humans protecting animals in zoos is the best way to care for them. I do know my life has been enriched by my experiences at many zoos, museums and aquariums. I don't know if that is best for the animals and the planet. Everyone should read this book.

    15. Goldilocks Reads (Jenna Vahue) on said:

      I have to be very judicious with this review and be very careful with what I have to say. I am closely involved with the zoo mentioned in the book and I felt that it did the institution a great disservice, even as I tried to maintain an objective perspective. The writing had a very slanted view against the zoo rather than the ambivalence associated with most nonfiction. I felt that the author wrote pompously and tried to imput his personal opinion rather than his professional. He is a journalist [...]

    16. Ginger on said:

      4.5 stars. fascinating. I learned alot, was amused by the animal stories, and interested in the lives of the people surrounding the zoo. That says alot.

    17. Diane on said:

      I have been thinking about how to write this review because I feel my background played a large part in my enjoyment of this book. I went to school for photography and journalism, married into the circus business for a short time and then ended up living in Tampa from 1996-1999. I purchased this book a while ago because Lowry Park Zoo was my go to place anytime I needed to escape, clear my head, or just want to be around the animals. I enjoyed the layout of the zoo. I loved that they rehabilitat [...]

    18. Anna on said:

      Such an interesting and nuanced book behind the scenes at Tampa's Lowry Park zoo! Thomas French understands the importance of zoos in keeping alive highly endangered species and introducing the public to the world out there, at the same time as the lives of the animals are clearly changed by their captivity. The book opens with 11 elephants on route from Swaziland to Florida and San Diego because the Swaziland park can no longer support the number of elephants there. PETA files several injunctio [...]

    19. Kate on said:

      I have a fascination with animals of all kinds, and I love zoos in a totally nerdy way. Granted, I of course suffer from the same ambivalence that most people do when I really examine it, and I think the author did a great job at expressing this feeling. He really didn't make any grand statement about zoos being evil, on the contrary he seemed just as torn as anyone is with the question of whether to hold an animal captive.The stories about the animals at the zoo were so interesting, and I absol [...]

    20. April Helms on said:

      This book is a series of stories, more or less in chronological order, about the Lawry Park Zoo in Tampa, about its zoo keepers, its animal residents and more. French not only does a good job conveying the humanity of the animals in the zoo, but he captures the animal nature and "signals" humans make, showing we aren't as distant from the beasts as we may like to think. Readers will find out about the history of the likes of Enshalla and Herman, two of the more famous residents there, as well as [...]

    21. Joella on said:

      When I first read this book, I was in 6th grade. (Mostly because my parents failed to realize the subjects the book touched.) However, I would NOT recommend this book to any sixth graders I know, as it is definitely an adult book. I would recommend being in 8th grade when you read this.I loved this book. I was fascinated with zoos when I read this, so that might've bumped it up in my standards, but it's a wonderful book. Thomas has an excellent narrative and captured my attention throughout the [...]

    22. Susan on said:

      I really enjoyed reading this book and how the author gives us a much broader look at all aspects of what a zoo can be.This book gives you an in depth look at an animal kingdom striving to adapt to living in confined areas rather than living the life the way Mother Nature intended.The author gives us a perspective of the benefits of keeping animals in a zoo, but also presents to us the sadness of seeing some wonderfully magnificent creatures being locked up. He writes about how the Lowry Zoo in [...]

    23. Babs on said:

      Would highly recommend this read to all homo sapiens who work and/or live in group situations. A human ethnography that sheds so much light on our behaviors-- from the CFM (come f*** me) heels (girls you are presenting posteriors like your simian cousins) to the posturing & chest pounding of alpha males. In addition to the clever juxtaposition of human and animal behaviors, the author retells the Shakespearean drama, and constant ethical conundrums faced by 21st c. zookeepers. This story all [...]

    24. Bridget Bailey on said:

      This is my first book by this author and I truly enjoyed it. I thought it was going to be a book more about specific elephants but it actually was a book about a specific zoo in Florida. It starts out about specific elephants and ends up weaving a great story about monkeys, tigers and other zoo animals. I really enjoyed the writers style of writing which gave great detail while also holding my interest regarding the animals and the zoo and the zoo employees. It was really interesting to see what [...]

    25. SoManyBooks SoLittleTime (Aven Shore) on said:

      Through the story of one zoo, an examination of zoos: What do they mean? How have they evolved? Is there a place for zoos in our culture? Are they doing a good job?These are important questions these days, as in the news a gorilla has just been shot, a child fell into an enclosure and died - zoos across America are grappling with fluctuating purpose and strong opinions about what they do.The multilayered narrative is fascinating - wild Swazi elephants transported to America, one tough tiger who [...]

    26. Jenn on said:

      This is one of the best tales I have read in a long time. Halfway through I found myself telling the stories of elephants and chimps to anyone who would listen. Thomas Frank appears to be a phenomenal journalist who tells it like it is. If you ever wondered what it was like to try and rebuild a zoo, this is the book for you. I always thought it would be an awesome job to work at a zoo, but his in depth coverage would definitely make me think twice.

    27. Megan on said:

      As a member of the zoological community, I strongly connected with this book and thank the author for writing a balanced, accurate depiction of the inner workings of zoos. It is clear that Thomas French really put in the time to understand what it's like to work behind the scenes of a zoological park.This book beautifully demonstrates the underrated difficulty of what most people consider to be a "dream job." French takes the readers on a rollercoaster ride of ups and downs at the zoo: through m [...]

    28. Kendra on said:

      Really it's closer to 3.5. This book seems to have an identity crisis. Sometimes it's a story about cute zoo animals and antics, sometimes it's a manual on how to maneuver in international animal politics, and sometimes it's a scathing tell-all. For what it's worth, it certainly kept me swinging back and forth wondering who the heroes and villains were supposed to be. The language used is often so incendiary that it can't be considered an unbiased account of the life of the zoo. It reads like a [...]

    29. SandyL on said:

      This book talks about the expansion of Lowry Zoo in Tampa, Florida, and how acquiring some elephants from Swaziland started the growth and the rise and fall of the zoo's director. Many of the zoo's long time residents were discussed, along with different points of view on whether zoos are good or bad. Very interesting!

    30. Lori on said:

      I was fascinated with this book. Never did I think so much about the zoo conundrum. I surely never knew how dangerous and unpredictable chimps are. Or how conniving elephants are. Another book that I am smarter for having read.

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