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Zoo Story: Life in the Garden of Captives - Thomas French - HCDJ 1st Edition

Zoo Story: Life in the Garden of Captives - Thomas French - HCDJ 1st Edition

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Brand new unmarked hardcover copy; First edition, 4th printing

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Thomas French's fascinating in-depth investigation of Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo reveals that cages are never an ideal habitat for animals, but they are sometimes the best alternative. When French began his series of reports in 2003, the nearly bankrupt zoo was on the verge of extinction. In fact, its fate was literally hanging in the balance as new CEO Lex Salisbury gambled everything on a massive "Safari Africa" exhibit, which required four wild African elephants to be airlifted in to serve as the main attractions. Activists lambasted the airlift as reckless, cruel and foolhardy, but French's examination shows that the elephants' homeland was a hotbed for poachers, who would've likely killed the creatures had they not been transplanted. French also introduces readers to an unforgettable chimp who is the park's most popular resident, a pair of Sumatran tigers who are under tremendous pressure to mate, and a batch of feisty monkeys who temporarily liberate themselves from the zoo, causing an administrative panic.